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Safe and Healthy Schools Center

DIRECTOR: Tracy Herlitzke
Phone: 608-786-4838

NORTH (CESAs #5, #9, #12)
Coordinator: Lynn Verage
Phone: 715-453-2141

WEST (CESAs #4, #10, #11)
Coordinator: Carol Zabel
Phone: 715-720-2145

CENTRAL (CESAs #2, #3, #6)
Coordinator: Jackie Schoening
Phone: 920-236-0515

EAST (CESAs #1, #7, #8)
Coordinator: Christine Kleiman
Phone: 920-465-2139
Suicide Prevention
QPR Training
Please contact your Regional Coordinator listed above if you are interested in a QPR training for school staff to learn steps to help save a life from suicide.

Visit Mental Health America of Wisconsin's website for upcoming QPR Trainings of Trainers:
Milwaukee, November 1
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September 2013

Safe and Healthy Updates
New & Original: Online AODA Learning Modules

Over the years the Wisconsin Safe & Healthy Schools Center has noticed a decline in the number of schools providing professional development for staff on alcohol and other drug abuse and prevention.  Yet we know that use among students has not gone away, nor has the effect on student behavior and academic performance.  For this reason the WISH Center has developed videos on AODA warning signs and family dynamics of substance abuse. 


We encourage you to use them for school in-services or initial educator learning.  Special thanks to Cornerstone Productions and the Supporting Players Troupe from New Holstein for contributing to this project.


Link to videos, handouts, and discussion guides: http://www.wishschools.org/resources/

2013-2014 WISH Professional Development Opportunities


We have been working hard to get our 2013-2014 schedule of trainings completed.  Please visit our website calendar often for updates and to register for events.

Bullying Prevention: Empowering Bystanders
It's Time! Addressing Mental Health of Children in the Classroom
Good Drugs Gone Bad: Prescription Drug TOT
Chippewa Falls
It's Time! Addressing Mental Health of Children in the Classroom
Green Bay
Bullying Prevention: Empowering Bystanders

PREPaRE: School Crisis Prevention and Intervention

10/15/136 Early Stage, Highly Structured Behavior Interventions*
10/25/13It's Time! Addressing Mental Health of Children in the Classroom
11/6/1312 Highly Structured Individual Behavior Interventions*Tomahawk
11/13/13PREPaRE: School Crisis Prevention and Intervention
11/15/13Good Drugs Gone Bad: Prescription Drug TOT
We have many more events planned for 2014 from Helping Students Through Trauma and Loss to PREPaRE Crisis Planning, see our calendar for more dates and locations.
*Graduate Credit Available
All events are contingent upon a minimum number of participants needed to hold event.

Tobacco Updates

Reprinted with permission from Health First Wisconsin



September is here and we all know what that means -  back to school season.  Backpacks are full of new supplies and the routine of homework and packing lunches has returned.

But, with a new school year comes new opportunities for your child to start using tobacco.

Every day, kids are tempted into using new tobacco products that are flavored and packaged like candy.  Little cigars and other tobacco products are designed and marketed by tobacco companies to attract kids.  Have you seen the flavors these products come in?  Everything from banana split to chocolate mint and grape!

What can you do?

  1.  Educate yourself about these products. Next time you're in a convenience store, look around - see what these products look like. Check out this resource that describes all of the kinds of other tobacco products out on the market.
  2. Talk with your child about the dangers of tobacco.  Tell them that despite how harmless they might look, they are not a safe alternative to traditional tobacco products.Tobacco in any form - whether it is flavored or unflavored, smoked, chewed or ingested by other means - is not safe and can lead to a lifetime addiction.
  3. Join Health First in advocating for tobacco prevention.  We need to make sure our lawmakers are aware of the loopholes that exist that allow these tobacco products to be cheap and accessible to our children. 
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