District set to receive mental health grant

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The Middleton-Cross Plains Area School District has been selected to receive the School-Based Mental Health Services Grant, contingent on biennial state budget funding, the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction announced recently.

The District will receive the maximum $75,000. The grant was written by Transitional Education and Mental Health Coordinator Chris Mand, who noted this was her first time writing a grant.

"I am so excited for the District,'' Director of Student Services Barb Buffington said. "This is great news. Chris Mand worked so hard to make this happen.''

Mand said the grant will help all District students. The funds will be used to implement  Social Emotional Learning curriculum, utilizing a universal screener at the elementary and middle school levels, providing interventions for students, and increasing mental health awareness and training opportunities for students, staff and families. 

Mand also said the District will also be able to have a Trauma Sensitive Schools trainer in each of its buildings.

In all, DPI distributed $6.5 milliion to 120 public school districts and one independent charter school.

"This has been a very competitive grant process,'' State Superintendent Carolyn Stanford Taylor said, noting there were more applications and funds requested than money allocated. "Considering the intense competition and thorough review process, you should be proud that your application received approval.''