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Bill would pilot mental health program in Outagamie County schools

Wednesday, December 18, 2019  
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December 18, Wisconsin Health News

Lawmakers are considering a pilot program aimed at supporting school staff working with students facing mental health challenges.

The bill would require the Department of Health Services to create a school-based mental health consultation program in Outagamie County.

It builds off of the Child Psychiatry Consultation Program, run by the Medical College of Wisconsin in partnership with Children’s Wisconsin, that assists providers treating children and teenagers with mental health needs.

MCW would run the proposed school-based program, which would cost $175,000 annually.

The services would be similar to what MCW provides through the current consultation program, although it would target school personnel.

Assembly Majority Leader Jim Steineke, R-Kaukauna, said they chose Outagamie County in part because it provides a mix of urban and rural schools.

“It’ll provide a good cross-section to determine what’s going to be able to work in other areas of the state,” he told members of the Assembly Committee on Mental Health on Tuesday.