During his 2022 State of the State address tonight, Gov. Tony Evers announced his “Get Kids Ahead” initiative which will provide $15 million to support school-based mental health services in K-12 schools across the state. The School District of Monroe is slated to receive $40,845 as part of the imitative.
“We know this pandemic has affected our kids in more ways than one, including their mental health. And a kid who’s in crisis isn’t going to be able to pay attention at school, finish their homework, or engage with their friends or teachers,” said Gov. Evers during his address.
According to Governor Ever’s press release every public school district can opt in to receive these funds and will receive a minimum of $10,000 with the rest being allocated on a per-pupil basis. Schools will be able to use these funds to provide direct mental healthcare, hire and support mental health navigators, provide mental health first aid and trauma-based care training, or provide family assistance programs—whatever kids need.