Every Child Safe, Healthy and Connected
This month's newsletter is also available: www.wishschools.org/resources/newsletters.cfm
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PREPaRE Workshop 2:
School Safety Focus on Crisis Intervention & Recovery
  • June 11-12 in Beloit at Kolak Education Center
  • September 17-18 at Franklin Public Schools

Both trainings are open to all. Thanks to the schools for offering to host these trainings. 


Helping Students Through Trauma and Loss
  • June 17-18 at CESA #6 in Oshkosh
Class registration information is available on www.wishschools.org

 Graduate credit information will be available on the first day of class.  Cost is $200 through Viterbo University. 

Contact Jackie Schoening, jschoening@cesa6.org for more information.
How are you using YRBS Survey Results?
We'd like to provide a webinar featuring innovative use of Youth Risk Behavior Survey data for planning, evaluation, or other meaningful purposes.  If you are interested in sharing please notify, Tracy Herlitzke, therlitzke@cesa4.k12.wi.us
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
May 2015
Safe and Healthy Updates
Top 10 WISH Survey Results-2015

Thanks for your participation in the 2015 WISH Center Needs Assessment. We received responses from 680 Wisconsin Educators. We are using this information to plan trainings for next year.


The top 10 needs identified statewide are:

  1. Helping Students with Mental Health Issues 70%
  2. Emerging Drug Trends 65%
  3. Internet Safety 60%
  4. Cyberbullying 59%
  5. PREPaRE Workshop 2 Role of Mental Health Professionals 55%
  6. Developing Partnerships with Community Agencies (Human Services, Law Enforcement, Emergency Management) for School Safety 54%
  7. Mindfulness Practices for Students and Staff 53%
  8. Relational Bullying 50%
  9. Screening, Brief Intervention, Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) for Truancy, Tardy, Homework Completion 49%
  10. How to Assist Students with AODA Issues 48%
BHSS Conference Call for Proposals


The DPI and the Wisconsin Safe & Healthy Schools Center are inviting Wisconsin school districts, colleges, community based organizations, and other partners to submit proposals to present at the Building the Heart of the Successful Schools Conference at the Kalahari Resort in Wisconsin Dells on December 3-4, 2015.

Submit Proposal Online by completing the Sectional Presenter Form:


Social and Emotional Skills for Life and Career: Policy Levers That Focus on the Whole Child

Summary of existing research about the effects of education on students' social and emotional skills. Article also identifies important state and district policy considerations for initiating and integrating SEL, as well as for preparing and developing teachers and administrators to focus on the whole child. Link to Article
GAIN-SS Available on DPI Website
from Nic DibbleEducation Consultant, School Social Work Services, WI DPI

The Global Appraisal of Individual Needs - Short Screener (GAIN-SS) is an evidence-based, 16-question behavioral health screening tool developed by Chestnut Health Systems that identifies needs for further assessment in the areas of mental health, substance abuse, and anger management for adolescents and adults. This electronic tool has been made available here in Wisconsin through a cooperative effort of the Department of Public Instruction, Department of Health Services, and Wisconsin Family Ties and is appropriate for use by pupil services professionals and community providers.

The GAIN-SS is frequently used as the screening tool with Screening, Brief Intervention, Referral to Treatment (SBIRT), although other screening tools can be used with SBIRT, as well.  Descriptions of other evidence-based, behavioral health screening tools can be found at http://sspw.dpi.wi.gov/sspw_mhbehavioraltools#gain.
The Department of Public Instruction is now hosting the GAIN-SS at http://sspw.dpi.wi.gov/sspw_pupilsvcsgainss. This new home page includes electronic and hard-copy versions of the tool, the GAIN-SS manual, a link to a webcast to learn how to administer the GAIN-SS, instructions for both pupil services professionals and county providers, parent and student consent forms, and links to lists of treatment providers by county.


Use of the on-line GAIN-SS requires a password.  You can learn the password for your school district by calling the Student Services/Prevention and Wellness Team at (608)-266-8960.  You will need to know the CESA and county in which your school is located to obtain your password.


If you have already been using the on-line GAIN-SS, your password should be the same.  If for some reason your password does not work, call the phone number above to obtain the correct password.
New Plan to Prevent Suicide in Wisconsin

Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS), in partnership with Prevent Suicide Wisconsin(link is external) (PSW), released an updated Wisconsin Suicide Prevention Strategy (WSPS) (PDF, 2.5 MB), a guide to mobilize efforts to address suicide, one of the state's most significant public health issues. Suicide is the 11th leading cause of death in the state and the second leading cause of deaths due to injury. From 2007 to 2011, there was an average of 724 suicide deaths annually in Wisconsin.


The WSPS has four main goals:

  • Reduce the likelihood that individuals become suicidal by building social-emotional competence in children and increasing social connections for people of all ages.
  • Identify suicidal individuals and provide timely access to treatment by increasing the public's knowledge of risk factors for suicide and available support services.
  • Support suicidal individuals with the highest quality of care by increasing resources for providers to screen, assess, and treat using proven practices and improve the transition from inpatient to outpatient settings.
  • Monitor whether these strategies are making a difference by collecting data statewide on interventions and activities conducted.
2015 WISH Professional Development Opportunities

We are busy planning for 2015-2016. Calendar coming soon! Please visit our website calendar often for updates and to register for events: www.wishschools.org.

PREPaRE Crisis Prevention and Preparedness: Comprehensive School Safety Planning (Open to all school and community partners)
Workshop 1: Focus on Crisis Planning
Workshop 2 Focus on Crisis Intervention/Recovery

*Graduate Credit Available for fee through Viterbo University

All events are contingent on a minimum of participants.

Coming Soon!

Next month's WISH Newsletter will announce our 2015-2016 training calendar. We have been busy planning!
Wisconsin Safe & Healthy Schools Center | 608-786-4838 | therlitzke@cesa4.k12.wi.us | http://www.wishschools.org
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West Salem, WI 54669