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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.  


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.

*DPI Webinar: January 23 & March 12

*CESA #1-Pewaukee: Feb. 12

*CESA #2-Whitewater: Feb. 3

*CESA #3-Fennimore: Feb. 10

*CESA #4-West Salem: Feb. 3 (Polycom 2-3:30 PM)

*CESA #5-Portage: Feb. 11

*CESA #6-Oshkosh: Feb. 6

*CESA #7-Green Bay: Jan. 27

*CESA #8-Gillett: March 10

*CESA #9-Tomahawk: Feb. 12

*CESA #10-Chippewa Falls: Feb. 3 (Polycom 2-3:30 PM)

*CESA #11-Turtle Lake: Feb. 24

*CESA #12-Ashland: Feb. 25

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.


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


Applications are due to the DPI by April 17, 2015.
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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January 2015
Safe and Healthy Updates
Six People Die Each Day from Alcohol Poisoning, Says New CDC Report

On average, 6 people died every day from alcohol poisoning in the U.S. from 2010 to 2012, says a new Vital Signs report from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Alcohol poisoning is caused by drinking large quantities of alcohol in a short period of time. Very high levels of alcohol in the body can shutdown critical areas of the brain that control breathing, heart rate, and body temperature, resulting in death. Alcohol poisoning deaths affect people of all ages but are most common among middle-aged adults and men. Read More


There is No Health Without Mental Health
Submitted by Jackie Schoening, Regional Coordinator


This is a great way to look at all areas of health, but brings to mind the question: How do you "Mind Your Mental Health" as an educator, parent or professional? Taking a screening test is one of the quickest and easiest ways to determine whether you are experiencing symptoms of a mental health condition.

Did you know that...

  • About 1 in 5 American adults will have a mental health condition in any given year?1
  • But only 41 percent of them will receive services?1
  • About 10 percent of the American adult population will have a mood disorder, such as depression or bipolar?2 3
  • And 18 percent have an anxiety disorder, including post-traumatic stress disorder?2 3

Mental health conditions, such as depression or anxiety, are real, common and treatable. Recovery is possible. Not all of us think about our mental health enough.


If you've had trouble sleeping lately, if you've been experiencing racing thoughts, or if you're just curious - the screens on the Mental Health America site, (designed for adults) can help you understand more about your mental health. Take all four and discuss the results with a provider.

Significant Link Between Bullying and Suicide

from DOE Prevention News Digest


Bullying in any capacity-as a victim, perpetrator, or both-and suicidal ideation and behavior are significantly related.


This key finding comes from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)'s systematic review and meta-analysis of 47 studies published recently in Pediatrics.


Youth who bully others and who are bullied themselves were particularly likely to report suicidal ideation and behavior compared to youth who were only perpetrators or only victims.

Key Findings

  • Involvement in bullying in any capacity is associated with suicidal ideation and behavior.
  • The relationship between bullying perpetration and bully/victim status and suicidal behavior was stronger in U.S. studies than in international studies.
  • The relationship between bully/victim status and suicidal ideation was stronger when studies used a definition of bullying and a yes/no question to capture bullying than if they used a series of behavioral questions, peer nominations, or only asked, "Have you been bullied?"

Future research and program activities should address mental health implications of bullying involvement to help prevent suicidal thoughts and actions. More research is needed to understand factors impacting the bullying-suicide relationship.

Helping Students Through Trauma & Loss Trainings

Submitted by Carol Zabel, Western Regional Coordinator


For as long as the Wisconsin Safe and Healthy School Center has been in existence, we have surveyed our constituents to find out what they feel are the most pressing issues in schools today. Each year, several of you let us know helping students through trauma and loss is a big problem facing school staff. In response to this information, we schedule professional development with your needs in mind. That is why we have Julie Petersen, TLC Certified Trainer, TLC Level 2 Trauma Consultant and a School Counselor at the Chippewa Falls Middle School, scheduled to provide three one day workshops (2/26/15 at CESA 10, 2/27/15 at CESA 9 and 3/24/15 at CESA 8). Additionally, Julie is developing a two-day workshop, Supporting Children of Trauma with Sensory Interventions and Brain Based Techniques, which will be piloted at CESA 6 in June of 2015.


Some of you may be wondering why your school staff should be trauma-informed. The TLC Center answers this question in their October newsletter. Here's an excerpt, "Children today are exposed to worries, fears, family issues and traumatic experiences that compromise their thinking brains. Because of the plasticity of the brain, educators need to relate and interact differently with them to create a classroom environment that helps support their learning readiness and capacity. By doing this students will make tremendous gains academically and behaviorally."  Check out the TLC Institute for more information. This is a great resource when dealing with students experiencing trauma.  
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 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 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*
School Based Suicide Prevention
  • April 9 at CESA #4, West Salem
  • 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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