School-Based Mental Health Services Grant Program
This is a 2 year grant aligned with the Wisconsin biennial budget. The next grant competition will begin in winter of 2023 with funding running from July 1, 2023 - June 30, 2025.
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.
The state legislature appropriated 10.5 million dollars for a competitive grants to support school based mental health. The 2021-2023 competition resulted in 153 grant awards representing 144 individual school districts, 8 consortium and 3 charter schools. List of 2021-22 SBMH Grantees