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84 Wisconsin Schools Have Updated Their Policies to Include the Use of Other Tobacco Products (OTP)

Find Out Who

If your school district has updated its policy, please contact Brenda Jennings, brenda.jennings@dpi.wi.gov to be added to the list.
New DPI Webpage on Behavioral Health Screening Tools
They have focused on evidence-based screening tools that are available at no cost to schools and communities.
Mental Health Reports
Mental Health America has provided overall rankings for all 50 states on mental health status and access, and calls on the country to address mental health. Read the report: The report, Parity or Disparity: The State of Mental Health in America 2015
Link to Report
DEA Releases Threat Assessment
The 2014 National Drug Threat Assessment (NDTA) Summary addresses emerging developments related to the trafficking and use of primary illicit substances of abuse and the nonmedical use of controlled prescription drugs.  Read More
WI Safe and Healthy Schools Center Staff

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: 920-617-5645

Brenda Jennings
Phone: 608-266-7051
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December 2014

Safe and Healthy Updates
We are Thankful for You

As we join with family and friends to celebrate and reflect on everything we are thankful for this year, we wanted to take a moment to express our thanks to YOU!

Your support of the Wisconsin Safe and Healthy Schools Center means so much to us. You have helped us grow over the last 2 years to better meet your professional development needs.  We are thankful for your commitment to meet the mental health needs and continued support to make sure every child is safe, healthy and connected. Many of you go above and beyond to ensure the safety of students and schools you serve.


Thank you for all you do to keep children, families, schools, and your community safe and healthy.


Best wishes to you and your loved ones this Holiday Season.



WISH Center Staff
Building the Heart of Successful Schools Recap 2014
Submitted by Tracy Herlitzke, WISH Center Director

In partnership with the Department of Public Instruction, the WISH Center took on planning the 2014 Building the Heart of Successful Schools Conference.  The handouts shared with me are available on our website: http://www.wishschools.org/resources/


Here are some highlights:

  • This was the first year of the Health Education Track with cross-cutting topics applicable to health educators, teachers, administrators, and pupil service staff.  One highlight includes a presentation on Energy Breaks and Building Better Brains through Movement. See more:  http://activeclassrooms.wikispaces.com/Active+Classrooms.
  • Keynote presenter, Rick Phillips reminded us how important school connectedness is for staff and students by transforming school climate from the inside-out.  The inside-out approach is relationship-focused, student-centered, formative/restorative, and focused on changing social norms. See more about Community Matters, http://community-matters.org/.
  • We launched the WISH Center's Other Tobacco Product Video and supporting materials: http://www.wishschools.org/resources/tobaccoupdates.cfm. Strong definitions and equal penalties for the use of cigarettes, tobacco, and electronic devices will be key aspects of any successful policy. Help with updating your school's policy is available: http://sspw.dpi.wi.gov/sspw_tobaccoprog.
  • Coach D left us energized and motivated to go back to our schools and be dream-makers and world-changers one student at a time.

I sincerely thank all who took time to participate, plan, and present at the conference.  Mark your calendars for the 2015 Building the Heart of Successful Schools Conference, which will take place on December 3-4, 2015, at the Kalahari Resort and Convention Center in Wisconsin Dells.

Accessing Mental Health Services Template Available

Submitted by Jackie Schoening, Central Regional Coordinator


Mental health issues seem to be coming to school at earlier ages and are more complex and concerning.  A team approach to services for youth is always the best option.  Schools can't do it alone, but are often asked to provide services or information for services until a child can be seen by a therapist. Bring together your community services to complete the downloadable template and develop a better understanding of the services in your community.


The Accessing Mental Health Services template (developed by Fond du Lac School District, CSI) is a brief tool that may help parents, and schools staff who have a concern about a child's mental health or social, emotional or behavioral development.  It is designed to provide a simple step by step decision making process to determine possible services.  You will need to modify the template to fit your school district.  For instance, the bottom of the front page is a great place to put your district's philosophy and logo.  The inside two pages need to have all your specific contacts and numbers listed.  A descriptor of the 24/7 crisis line and contact number(s) along with all mental health providers especially those who have a sliding scale for payment.


The back page is the school based contacts.  If you have an approved mental health screening policy and program, that is what is described in the box at the far left "---is a mental health check up available..." - if not eliminate that information box and arrow!


If you have questions, feel free to contact Jackie Schoening at CESA #6, email: jschoening@cesa6.org or phone: (920)-236-0515. 

AODA Grant Writing Workshops

Need funding for your AODA Program? The DPI will be holding an AODA grant competition in the spring of 2015. Awards will range from $15,000 to $25,000, depending on the size of the district.  


These grants appropriates funds for the development or expansion of a district wide, K-12 comprehensive program for the prevention of and intervention in alcohol and other drug abuse. A school district may propose to utilize multiple strategies in a comprehensive manner to develop this program.


Wisconsin Safe & Healthy Schools Center Coordinators will hold grant writing meetings at each CESA, designed to assist school districts in understanding the requirements of the competition throughout January & February 2015.

Some grant writing workshops will be held in conjunction with CESA Shareshops, others will be stand alone events.  Please contact your local CESA person or a WISH Center Regional Coordinator for more information.
DPI WebinarJanuary 23

CESA #1-Pewaukee

February 12

CESA #2-Whitewater

February 3

CESA #3-Fennimore

February 10

CESA #4-West Salem or Polycom

February 3; 2-3:30 PM

CESA #5-Portage

February 11

CESA #6- Oshkosh

February 6

CESA #7-Green Bay

January 27

CESA #8-Gillett

March 10 NEW DATE

CESA #9-Tomahawk

February 12

CESA #10-Chippewa Falls or Polycom

February 3; 2-3:30 PM 

CESA #11-Turtle Lake

February 24

CESA #12-Ashland

February 25

DPI Webinar
March 12


For more information on AODA Grants see:  http://sspw.dpi.wi.gov/sspw_aodaprog


Applications are due to the DPI by April 17, 2015.
2014-2015 WISH Professional Development Opportunities

Please visit our website calendar often for updates and to register for events: www.wishschools.org.

School SBIRT Training*
  • January 6 & February 9, 2015, at CESA #1, Pewaukee
  • NEW: January 29 & February 27, 2015, at CESA #11, Turtle Lake
Emerging Drug Trends
  • January 30, CESA #6, Oshkosh
  • April 24, CESA #10, Chippewa Falls

PREPaRE Workshop 1

  • January 30 at Mequon-Columbia St. Mary's Hospital

PREPaRE Workshop 2*

  • January 13 & 14, Rice Lake-Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College
  • January 21 & 22, CESA #7, Green Bay
  • March 11 &12, CESA #8, Gillett  
 Helping Students through Trauma & Loss
  • February 26 at CESA #10, Chippewa Falls
  • February 27 at CESA #9, Tomahawk 
  • March 24, CESA #8, Gillett
  • June 17 & 18, 2015, CESA #6, Oshkosh*
  • February 1-27, Cyberbullying- Words Wounds*, Online Book Study
  • Coming Spring 2015, Online AODA Course*

*Graduate Credit Available for fee through Viterbo University

All events are contingent on a minimum of participants.

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