New Richmond, WI: Mental health screening in 7th and 9th grade

Dec 31, 2017, New Richmond (WI) News: New Richmond School Board tackles district mental health programming Based on the events of the past couple weeks, New Richmond School District Administrator Patrick Olson decided to outline the district's mental health programming during the New Richmond Board of Education's Dec. 19 regular board meeting. … "From a mental health standpoint, especially having been in a few other districts and seen how they do things, we do a lot," Olson said. "Our district has kind of led the charge in the area as far as mental health screening at the ninth grade level, which we have done for many years now. We did institute another screening in seventh grade this year because we know early detection is going to be the key to this societal problem." According to Olson, the high school has had a therapist for several years now, while a therapist was added at the middle school level last year. This year, the district had plans to add a therapist at the elementary school as well, but due to hardships with the district's mental health partner, Family Means, a therapist wasn't available until recently. … As part of the district's next steps in trying to better serve students' mental health issues, Olson and Wissink are planning a mental health roundtable in the next month or two to discuss how the district helps students and what more it can do.