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School-Based Mental Health Services Grant Program

School-Based Mental Health Services Grant Program

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 Status: October 25, 2018


The next round of School-Based Mental Health Services Grants will begin in early 2019. Please check back for more details and application materials.

Grants to expand mental health services in schools

Sixty-four school districts and consortiums are sharing $3.25 million in state grant funding to provide school-based mental health services. Additional information is available on the Department of Public Instruction newsroom website.

News Release:

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Grant Application
Grant Application Guidance
Budget Change Request Form
Grant Frequently Asked Questions
The Wisconsin School Mental Health Framework

Schedule a School-Based Mental Health Services Grant consultation

Trauma Sensitive School Requirement in the DOJ School Safety Grants


Please note that the School Safety Grant is administered by the Department of Justice. DPI is offering the following training opportunity that will satisfy this requirement. This is not required but is provided as an option. If you wish to use a different program or trainer you will need to contact the DOJ for their approval.

DPI has collaborated with SaintA, Trauma Sensitive Education, LLC, the Wisconsin Safe and Health Schools Center, the 12 CESAs, and the Wisconsin Coalition of Religious and Independent Schools to develop a 3-hour Trauma Sensitive Schools Awareness Training.

This training will support schools in beginning the transformative journey towards becoming a Trauma Sensitive School. Covered topics include Adverse Childhood Experiences, the universal approach to Trauma Sensitive Schools, and the importance of staff wellness. Participants will end the training with ideas of how to further the journey. This training will satisfy the 3-hour ACE/TSS training requirement as outlined in the Department of Justice’s School Safety Grant.

For information on scheduling a training and for a list of trainers, please visit the Trauma Sensitive Schools Awareness Training web page.

DOJ contact information:
Glenn A. Rehberg
Kristen A. Devitt

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