School-Centered Mental Health Services
Lutheran Social Services of Wisconsin and Upper Michigan – Milwaukee, Wisconsin
- Grant Program: GrantsPlus
- Amount of Grant: $100,000
- Dates of Grant Term: January 2020 – January 2023
Lutheran Social Services of Wisconsin and Upper Michigan (LSS) is addressing children’s mental health needs both at school and in the home for Milwaukee’s south side community. LSS provides therapists and family coaches to work with families of students who are receiving mental health services at United Community Center’s (UCC’s) two on-site charter schools. Children from Bruce-Guadalupe Community School (K3-8) and Acosta Middle School (Grades 6-8) are referred to the program by the school’s counselor. The LSS therapist works with children one-on-one and in the classroom and the family coach makes in-home visits. The School-Centered Mental Health team works collaboratively to provide resources, promote parent skill development, and educate UCC staff on mental health stressors and trauma associated with unemployment, domestic, violence, addiction, homelessness, poverty, etc. Fourteen children and their families participated during the school’s 2018/2019 pilot year. LSS has doubled the number of clients and families this year with plans for continued growth at UCC and other nearby schools. Integrating mental health services into a students’ home life reduces the need for foster care, lowers truancy rates and school violence, and improves academic achievement, according to LSS.
“We are so grateful to We Raise Foundation for the $100,000 GrantsPlus grant! With this most generous contribution, Lutheran Social Services of Wisconsin and Upper Michigan (LSS) will expand our comprehensive School-Centered Mental Health (SCMH) program for students, their families and neighbors who struggle daily with mental illness, poverty, access to education, employment and more. With your partnership, we will create healthier living and learning environments that ultimately support a student’s ability to focus, engage socially, develop self-discipline and self-care and ultimately grow into the people they are meant to become.”
-Sharon Hudy, LSS of Wisconsin and Upper Michigan