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School-Based Mental Health Services Grant Program

School-Based Mental Health Services Grant Program

2019–20 School-Based Mental Health Services Grant Awards Announced

106 applicants were awarded funding through the School-Based Mental Health Services Grant Program.

The state funding appropriation for this grant is different from most of the competitive grants we manage in that it is a continuing appropriation. This means we maintain the funds that aren’t spent at the end of a fiscal year. This requires DPI to do two things.

  1. Determine how to use the funds remaining from the 2018-2019 grant competition
  2. Determine a consistent process for how these funds will be managed moving forward.

The funds that remain from the 2018-2019 grant competition will be used in the following manner:

  1. Fund the last grantee fully. They received only what was left of the 6.5 million which was about half of what they requested
  2. Add $2400 to each grantees subaward

Funds remaining from FY 2019-2020 - Grantees are encouraged to spend their FY 2019-20 funds. However, those districts who have funds remaining from FY 2019-2020 will have the opportunity to carryover up to 25% of those funds into FY 2020-2021.

We are currently determining how we will manage the continuing appropriation moving forward. When that process has been determined we will post it here.

Referral Pathways Webinar Date
Developing Mental Health Referral Pathways November 2019
Referral Pathway - Adams/Friendship Area School District Google Slides October 2019
Referral Pathway - Fond du Lac Google Slides October 2019

Mental Health Navigation - YouTube

December 2019

The most recent budget provided funding, beginning in fiscal year 2019, to create a new mental health grant program (Wis. Stat. sec. 115.367). The Department of Public Instruction will award grants to school districts, and operators of independent charter schools, to be used for the purpose of providing mental health services to pupils, in collaboration with community health agencies. Strategies may include co-locating community mental health clinics in schools and providing screening and intervention services. School boards and independent charter schools may apply for a grant individually or as a consortium of school boards, charter schools, or both; also, Cooperative Educational Service Agencies (CESAs) can be considered a consortium of school boards. Per statute, private schools are not eligible to apply.

Mental Health Grant Information Resources



Key Dates


Mental Health Grant Webinar 

DPI Grant writing webinars slide deck

Write that Mental Health Grant Like a Boss

February 8, 2019, 1:00 p.m.

February 12, 2019, 10:00 a.m.

February 19, 2019, 2:00 p.m.

February 27, 2019, 9:00 a.m.
May 1, 2019

Completed applications due

by 11:59 PM on May 1, 2019

Late or incomplete applications will not be reviewed
Must be received at 
May-June 2019 Grant application reviews  
June 2019

Districts notified of funding status

District administrators will be the first notified. Not the grant coordinator!

The Wisconsin School Mental Health Framework

Schedule a School-Based Mental Health Services Grant consultation

Current Grantees

Budget Change Request Form

School-Based Mental Health Services Grant End-of-Year Report

For questions about this information, contact Beth Herman (608) 267-9242