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More support needed for student mental health, according to coalition

Friday, August 10, 2018  
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August 10, Wisconsin Health News

Last month, the Department of Public Instruction awarded more than $3 million to help school districts improve students’ mental health.

The Coalition for Expanding School-based Mental Health in Wisconsin, a consortium that includes providers, advocates and schools, pushed for the recently awarded grants in the last budget.

Treasurer Linda Hall, who’s also executive director of the Wisconsin Association of Family and Children’s Agencies, noted that the majority of students needing mental health treatment are Medicaid eligible. But Medicaid seldom pays the full cost of care, she said.

“We have a lot more to do to try to keep narrowing that gap and providing the kind of funding that’s necessary to allow these programs grow to where they need to be,” she said.