Improving Children's Mental Health in Racine County (Phase I)

Advancing Behavioral Health Initiative Phase I funded learning and planning year

Full Project Name:Improving Children's Mental Health Through School & Community Partnerships (Phase I)Primary Community Organization:Racine County Human ServicesPrimary Academic Partner:Michelle Broaddus, PhD, Psychiatry and Behavioral MedicineAward Amount:$130,210
Award Date
July2016
Project Duration:12 months

Project Description Narrative:


Advancing Behavioral Health Initiative Phase I

Improving Children's Mental Health Through School and Community Partnerships is a project within AHW's Advancing Behavioral Health Initiative, an eight-year, $20 million initiative bringing together 10 community coalitions from across Wisconsin to address pressing mental health needs within their communities. A three-phase initiative, phase one served as a funded learning and planning phase, supporting community coalitions in developing a critical project focus and implementation plan. Through this project, partners sought to develop an implementation plan that would improve behavioral health of Racine Unified School District students by integrating expanded mental health services, including professional development regarding mental health and trauma-informed care for school staff into schools.

Outcomes & Lessons Learned:


• Completed the Advancing Behavioral Health Initiative Phase I learning community and planning phase

• Successfully developed project focus and implementation plan, receiving funding award for Phase II five-year project implementation period

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