State Superintendent Tony Evers sent a letter to Attorney General Brad Schimel as well as the co-chairs of the state’s budget committee, Sen. Alberta Darling and Rep. John Nygren, urging that some of the remaining school safety grant funds be used on the following mental health programs noting that there has been strong demand for the programs from school districts:
Collaborative Community/School Mental Health Grants. These grants support school and community health providers in expanding mental health services to students.
The department received nearly $8 million in high-quality grant requests; however, there
is only $3.25 million available to award. Providing an additional $4.75 million would
allow the department to immediately fund these critical projects.
Aid for School Mental Health Programs. This successful initiative has resulted in
expanded hiring of school social workers across Wisconsin to meet student needs.
While $3 million was appropriated, there will be an estimated $14 million in eligible
costs, resulting in proration. Providing an additional $11.2 million would allow the
department to fully reimburse school districts for adding frontline mental health staff.
The Office of School Safety at the Wisconsin Department of Justice, led by A.G. Schimel, administers the grant program and has already awarded a number of grants as covered here, here, here, here & here.