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Friday, 08 April 2022 10:23

school-kidsNew coverage reports expanding mental health resources for kids.

MADISON, Wis. — In case you missed it, Governor Tony Evers stood with students, teachers, parents, and mental health professionals at schools across Wisconsin this week to deliver $15 million in funding that will be used to expand mental health resources in nearly every school district.

tony-eversDuring his State of the State address, Gov. Evers announced the “Get Kids Ahead” initiative —  a common sense solution that will increase funding, improve and expand mental health resources in schools, and make a difference for Wisconsin’s youth. As Gov. Evers told legislators during his address, “If the folks in this room want to have real conversations about our kids’ success and achievement, then start by fully funding our schools and making sure our kids can bring their full and best selves to the classroom and to their studies. If that’s not where we’re starting this conversation, then all you’re talking about is our kids barely getting by when we should be making sure kids can get ahead.”

Schools will be able to use the funding from Gov. Evers’ “Get Kids Ahead” initiative to provide direct mental healthcare, hire and support mental health navigators, provide mental health first aid and trauma-based care training, or provide family assistance programs. 

Read more below on how Gov. Evers is doing what’s best for our kids by expanding mental health resources in schools.

Fox 11: Schools across Wisconsin receive 'Get Kids Ahead' funds to improve mental health services

  • “Nearly every school district in Wisconsin is receiving funds from the state to provide school-based mental health.”

WBAY: ‘Get Kids Ahead’ initiative awards schools money for mental health programming

  • “Gov. Evers is on a mission to help every district in the state get to the same level as Omro. He said every public school district in the state had the option to receive at least $10 thousand for mental health programs.”

Oshkosh Northwestern: In Omro High School visit, Evers stresses overcoming record-high mental health issues

  • “At a visit to Omro High School Wednesday, Gov. Tony Evers shared the news of a $25,000 grant to the School District of Omro. Connie Bernier, the district's director of pupil services, said the grant will help continue some of the current programs in place at the school.”

CBS 58: Gov. Evers awards $966K to MPS for school-based mental health initiatives

  • “Gov. Evers stopped at Journey House in Milwaukee Wednesday to talk about mental health challenges experienced by kids after two years of the pandemic. Evers announced that through his new program, the Milwaukee Public School system will receive $966,000 -- money that will be used for school-based mental health initiatives.”

Seehafer News: Local School Districts Receiving Almost $200,000 for Mental Health Initiative

  • “Six public school districts in Manitowoc County are receiving a combined $194,000 from the state for the purpose of Gov. Tony Evers’ Get Kids Ahead initiative.”

WEAU: Gov. Evers visits Northstar Middle School, speaks on student mental health

  • “The “Get Kids Ahead” initiative is set to allocate $15 million to schools to combat mental health problems in children around the state.”

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