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Improving Children's Mental Health through School and Community in Racine

Improving the social emotional health of elementary school students in Racine

Full Project Name:Improving Children's Mental Health through School and Community in RacinePrimary Community Organization:Racine County Human ServicesPrimary Academic Partner:Michelle Broaddus, PhD, Psychiatry and Behavioral MedicineAward Amount:$300,000
Award Date
Project Duration:24 months

Project Description Narrative:

In phase three of its Advancing Behavioral Health Initiative, the Racine Collaborative of Children's Mental Health will expand its efforts to improve children's social and emotional health in Racine through supporting Racine Unified School District's programming, evaluating programs and using data for continuous quality improvement; expanding the availability of training for staff and parents; increasing the reach of resources through the website developed in phase two; and positioning these efforts for long-term sustainability through documenting and disseminating impact.

The long-term health benefits of this project include improved social and emotional health among Racine's youth, a more positive school culture for staff and students, and better and more streamlined access to mental health care for the Racine community.

Community partners: 4C for Children, Acelero Learning, Advocate Aurora Health Care, Ascension All Saints, Catholic Charities, Central Racine County Health Department, Children's Hospital Community Services, Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, City of Racine, Focus on Community, Higher Expectations, Learning Styles, LLC, LGBT Center of Wisconsin, Milwaukee Succeeds, National Alliance on Mental Illness, Pathways Consulting, LLC, Professional Services Group, Racine Friendship Clubhouse, Racine County Human Services, Racine Unified School District, Racine YMCA, Saint A's, United Way Racine County, UW-Extension, Wisconsin Office of Children's Mental Health

Project Updates:

  • Increased the amount of parent social and emotional learning (SEL) opportunities and supported Racine Unified School District to increase the amount of SEL-related training options for staff
  • Continued to partner with the Racine Unified School District to implement the Inner Explorer mindfulness program
  • Increased the usage of the Trilogy/Network of Care site to connect community members with mental health resources in the community and added new providers to the referral pathway
  • Increased collaboration with the Racine Police Department to train law enforcement on how to use the website and disseminate marketing materials to increase access to resources

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