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Milwaukee: Plan for mental health therapists "inside schools"

Dec 22, 2017, Milwaukee Sentinel Journal: Kids in Crisis: Putting therapists in schools helps children with mental health needs https://www.jsonline.com/story/news/local/kids-in-crisis/2017/12/22/kids-crisis-putting-therapists-schools-helps-children-mental-health-needs/951971001/ Pendleton and her son are part of a new model of behavioral health care taking hold at several Milwaukee Public Schools and in some other schools throughout the state. The approach takes therapists out of their clinics and puts them inside schools. That makes the services more convenient and affordable. The "Kids in Crisis" series examines barriers to mental health care and seeks solutions. As teen suicide rates rise and schools are overwhelmed by mental health needs, you can join us in bringing these topics out of the shadows. The model grew in response to a problem: Students are increasingly coming to school with untreated mental health challenges that interfere with learning. School staff are not equipped or given enough time to handle severe needs. When staff members refer families to mental health professionals, too often nothing happens…. When therapists are located in schools, professionals say, families are far more likely to actually get care. … The model helped inspire Milwaukee's School Community Partnership for Mental Health, which has been expanding over the last seven years. There are now 22 MPS schools that host therapists from Children's Hospital, Aurora Family Services, Shorehaven and Sebastian Family Psychological Services. …