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State School-Based Mental Health Services Grant Program

Please note, this is a different grant than the federally funded School-based Mental Health Professionals Grant. For more information, see the Federal School-based Mental Health Grant Program webpage below.

Federal School Based Mental Health Grant Program

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.

2023-2025 Competition

The 2023-2025 School-Based Mental Health Services Grant competition is now open. Eligible applicants must complete the application linked below. Incomplete applications will not be accepted. All grant applications submitted via the application link by 4:00 p.m. on May 5th, 2023 will be reviewed.

Application (online portal)

Optional Grant Writing Support

The grant writing webinar and SHAPE Part I webinars will be recorded and posted below.

SBMH Services Grant Writing Webinar - February, 2023 at 10:00 a.m.

In this webinar, facilitators will provide guidance for participants completing the School-based Mental Health Services Grant application.

SBMH Services Grant - Intro to SHAPE Part I - March 1, 2023 at 10:00 a.m.

Districts working to improve their school mental health systems are encouraged to assess their current structures and supports. This webinar will provide participants with an overview of the School Health Performance and Evaluation System (SHAPE), support with creating an account, and guidance on completing the School Mental Health Quality Assessment (SMHQA).

Meeting ID: 850 7151 4867
Passcode: 223863
One tap mobile +16469313860,,85071514867#,,,,*223863# US

SBMH Services Grant - Intro to SHAPE Part II - March 22, 2023 at 10:00 a.m.

Participants will come to this session having completed the SMHQA assessment. Facilitators will guide participants through the process of downloading the assessment report and utilizing a planning tool to prioritize areas of focus for future mental health work.

Meeting ID: 890 1413 1648
Passcode: 670701
One tap mobile +13017158592,,89014131648#,,,,*670701# US (Washington DC)

Applicants can receive additional support by booking a consultation time with a DPI School Mental Health Consultant.

  • Districts A-M: Click here to book a consultation time with Jessica Frain
  • Districts N-Z: Click here to book a consultation time with Liz Krubsack

2021-2023 Grantees

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

See the 2021-2022 End of Year Reporting Summary for information on grantee spending and activities.

For questions about this information, contact Liz Krubsack (608) 264-6719, Jessica Frain (608)