Local Schools Receive Grant Funding For Mental Health Services

(Beaver Dam) Several Dodge County-area schools are among 167 statewide being awarded grants through the Wisconsin Department of Justice School Safety Grant Program. Central Wisconsin Christian in Waupun, Saint Henry Grad School in Watertown, Saint Stephens Lutheran School in Beaver Dam and Wisconsin Academy in Columbus join school districts in Cambria-Friesland, Markesan and Mayville in splitting nearly $12-million dollars in combined funding.

Over the summer months, dozens of Wisconsin schools received money in round one funding to address security upgrades. The second round of funding aims to bolster student mental health. In order to qualify for the second-round funds, applicants must agree to send ten-percent of full-time teachers and counselors to a DOJ-approved adolescent mental health training. Appling districts must also establish school safety intervention teams based on a model set by the U.S. Secret Service which will engage behavior monitoring and threat assessments. Attorney General Brad Schimel, who made the announcements on Tuesday, says before the end of 2018 the DOJ hopes to have more than 2,000 people trained in adolescent mental health and threat assessment.

Central Wisconsin Christian is receiving $17-thsouand dollars; Cambria-Friesland is getting $21-thousand dollars; Markesan is slated to pick up $43-thousand; Mayville is being awarded $61-thousand dollars; Saint Henry Grad School is in-line to receive $10-thousand dollars; Saint Stephens Lutheran School will get $10-thousand and Wisconsin Academy will receive $9-thousand dollars.