School-Based Mental Health Grants Available, School Safety Funding, SEL Conference, News and More
April 2018 Updates
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School-Based Mental Health Services Grant Program

The most recent governor's budget provides funding, beginning in fiscal year 2019, to create a new mental health grant program (WI ยง115.367). 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
Grant Application and Guidance is now available at  Grant writing webinars will be held April 18, 25, 30 (repeat sessions).

Please click on the links below to register.
NEW 2017 YRBS Reports Available from DPI

Summary Report
This report provides an overview of the 2017 Wisconsin Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS).

Youth suicide is one of the most pressing problems facing schools and their communities. Wisconsin's Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) asks public high school students about suicidal
ideation and behavior. When analyzed alongside students' other responses, the YRBS can help us understand more about the number of students at risk and their characteristics.
DOJ Office of School Safety Funding

Until the formal grant application is finalized, any school that is interested in applying for grant funding may submit a short letter of interest to the DOJ at, identifying the following information: (1) a single point of contact for the school along with contact information; (2) the type of school safety project you hope to implement; (3) the name of the law enforcement agency that will review and approve your project; (4) an approximate dollar amount of the grant you plan to request; (5) whether your project could be in place for the beginning of the 2018-2019 school year, and; (6) when you will be in a position to submit a fully developed application and plan.

According to the   DOJ Website, the formal grant application process will be announced next week.
Trauma Sensitive Schools Cohort 4 Application

DPI is now accepting applications for schools interested in engaging in our Trauma Sensitive Schools Professional Development process. This multi-year process involves regional coaching and technical assistance to support schools as they embark on the journey of becoming more trauma sensitive. Applications are due by  4pm on Friday May  4th and can be submitted here:
Teams are highly encouraged to view TSS Module 1, Getting Started prior to submitting an application:

Questions can be directed to Elizabeth Cook, School Psychology Consultant via email at
Title IV Part A Updates

Title IV, Part-A-  The Title IV, Part-A application is now live in WISEgrants.  This Title is eligible for 100% carryover if sites are not able to strategically allocate the dollars this school year (consultation with private schools is still required).  With the passage of the 2018 Omnibus, districts should receive a new allocation in the 2018-19 school year.  For more information on Title IV-A, visit .
Top Safe & Healthy News

This month there were too many interesting articles to choose from, so you get to pick what topics interest you.
Not in the News, But Recently Shared Resources
Social and Emotional Learning Conference and Mental Health Summit

June 21, 2018
Creating Safe and Supportive School Communities Summer Institute:  Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) ConferenceThe  Agenda is available and features Dorothy Espelage, presenters from CASEL, and more!

June 22, 2018
Location for Both Events: Madison Marriott West 
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We are busy planning professional development events for 2018-2019! 
See a preview in our May Newsletter.
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