Task Force Works to Support School-Based Mental Health Services in Polk County

Posted on Dec 4, 2017

Task Force Works to Support School-Based Mental Health Services in Polk County

MHTF Launches New School-Based Mental Health Collaborative

The Mental Health Task Force of Polk County (MHTF) launched its new School-Based Mental Health Collaborative on Tuesday, November 14, 2017, with 40 participants representing all eight Polk County school districts and various community organizations attending its inaugural meeting.

The purpose of the MHTF’s School-Based Mental Health Collaborative is to provide ongoing support for mental health services in schools by serving as a resource for trainings, information-sharing, networking, and promotion of new and existing mental health services in Polk County.

Northwest Connections and Polk County Behavioral Health Department kicked off the November meeting with an overview of Emergency Services in Polk County, highlighting how service is delivered in the least restrictive manner and how follow-up and linkage is completed.  MHTF Board Member and Director/Principal of North Star Academy Chris Crowe updated participants on school-based mental health (SBMH) related dollars included in the recently-approved Wisconsin state budget, with a focus on DPI grants to expand access and quality of SBMH services.

To conclude the meeting, the MHTF announced its new psychoeducational mini-grant program that provides funding for psychoeducational groups in the schools and went over the application process.  School districts have already begun planning groups to serve their target student populations and submitting grant applications to the MHTF.

Overall, the MHTF has received overwhelmingly positive feedback from meeting participants.  We are grateful for the support we have received and hope to continue to make Collaborative meetings a valuable and worthwhile opportunity for Polk County schools.

The School-Based Mental Health Collaborative will meet quarterly, with two more meetings scheduled throughout the 2017-18 school year.  For those that were unable to attend in November, the entire meeting was professionally recorded and is available to view on the MHTF YouTube channel.  If you would like additional information on MHTF’s School-Based Mental Health Collaborative, please contact Lisa Murphy, MHTF Program Coordinator, at lisamurphy@mentalhealthpolk.org.