Marshfield School-based Mental Health

Action planning to support a school-based mental health consortium in Marshfield

Full Project Name:Marshfield School-based Mental Health Consortium Strategic PlanningPrimary Community Organization:Unified School District of MarshfieldAward Amount:$10,000
Award Date
January2019
Project Duration:7 months

Project Description Narrative:


Recent Youth Risk Behavior Survey data indicates that almost 20% of surveyed Marshfield High School students felt sad/hopeless every day for two weeks. Accessing appropriate mental health support can be a challenge for many students, with barriers including long wait-lists, lack of transportation and financial restraints. Schools, teachers, and mental health providers also face constraints and limitations due to an inability to provide direct referrals and best meet students where they are. This project aims to create a strategic plan to implement a school-based mental health consortium in Marshfield to support school-based mental health counseling, consultation and collaboration between schools, families and community partners to improve mental health access and overall well-being for students and families.

Project partners:
Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, Marshfield Clinic Behavioral Health, Marshfield Clinic Center for Community Outreach, Unified School District of Marshfield, Wood County Department of Health Services, Wood County Department of Human Services

Outcomes & Lessons Learned:


• Completed the strategic action plan and referral pathway to guide implementation of school-based mental health in the Unified School District of Marshfield

• Obtained provider Memorandums of Understanding, securing stakeholder commitment to support school-based mental health counseling, consultation, and collaboration between schools, families, and provders

• Received a two-year mental health grant from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction to support a mental health coordinator/navigator to facilitate the consortium and implementation of the referral pathway

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