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Waunakee, WI: "Some students do need day treatment for their mental health issues"

Dec 23, 2017, Waunakee (WI) Sun: Schools take proactive approach to mental health http://www.hngnews.com/waunakee_tribune/news/school/article_90bf55cd-f311-5c31-9729-935bd47fac50.html At the heart of the district’s work in addressing mental health issues is an emphasis on tailoring programs to meet students’ needs. Waunakee takes a multi-tiered approach to providing support for students.… Intensive supports involve counseling and support teams, emotional regulation plans, suicide prevention, re-entry plans, crisis and trauma response to a critical incident, referrals and follow-up processes and deepened collaboration with students, families and community partnerships. Eley caught the board up on what the district has done to improve its mental health services. In addition to meetings with health care providers Dean and Unity to discuss options, the district has added a social worker and a full-time equivalent psychologist, along with a program support teacher position. Additionally, it has implemented universal screening and brought in elementary school counselors in working on establishing social and emotional learning competencies. … Eley said some students do need day treatment for their mental health issues. He explained that sometimes they may just be gone for the afternoon on a school day. Eley said such services are either paid for by the county or some entity that is funded by the county. When residential care is needed, the school district does pay for it. Ideally, a cost-share arrangement would be best, said Eley. …