Agenda Item
Meeting Date: 3/12/2020 - 6:30 PM
Type: Action
Subject: 3. Action on Resolution 1920R-011 by Directors Taylor and Siemsen Regarding a Comprehensive Mental Health Initiative
Strategic Plan Compatibility Statement:
Goal 1
Academic Achievement
Policy: Admin Policy 1.01 - Vision, Mission, Core Beliefs, and Goals
Attachments: Resolution 1920R-011
Tiered Mental Health Supports
Spectrum of Mental Health Interventions
File Attachment:
Resolution 1920R-011 .pdf
Tiered Mental Health Supports.pdf
Spectrum of Mental Health Interventions.pdf
Background: At its November 2019 meeting, the Board referred Resolution 1920R-011 by Directors Taylor and Siemsen, regarding a comprehensive Mental Health initiative, to the Committee on Student Achievement and School Innovation (SASI)

The Administration agrees with the intent of the resolution and acknowledges the critical importance of focusing on students' mental health. This resolution emphasizes the role of schools in both preventing and addressing mental health concerns. In order to bring the resolution in line with current frameworks and practices, the Administration recommends a number of adjustments to the resolution as written.

In December 2015, the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction published a School Mental Health Framework which lays out a variety of practices to support the continuum of mental health, from being emotionally well to experiencing significant mental health challenges. The Administration recommends amending the resolution to include this framework, as it conceptualizes mental health in a multi-tiered system of support, which is in alignment with the framework utilized in Milwaukee Public Schools.

At the first tier of this framework are policies and practices which build protective factors in young people, helping develop skills and competencies which promote relationships and resilience. These are supports that all students should receive and can benefit from. In MPS, we utilize social and emotional learning, restorative practices, relationship building, and mental-health-and-wellness education as foundational practices to support the development of these skills and protective factors.

The second tier represents those supports which are put in place for some students who have significant risk factors and few protective factors or who are showing signs of becoming unwell. This level of support in MPS may include individual and small-group interventions, mental health consultation, and collaboration among school staff, families, and community partners.

Finally, the third tier of the framework provides for intensive intervention, including an educational wraparound focus that can include therapeutic intervention and in-depth collaboration and problem solving between students, staff, family, and community.
Fiscal Impact Statement: This item does not authorize expenditures.
Implementation and Assessment Plan Upon adoption by the Board, the Administration will continue its efforts to implement the resolution.
Recommendation: The Administration recommends that the Board adopt Resolution 1920R-011 by Directors Taylor and Siemsen as amended in the attachment.
Recommended By:
Signed By:
Jennifer Mims Howell - Director of Specialized Services
Signed By:
Jeremiah Holiday - Interim Chief Academic Officer
Signed By:
Christopher Hauser - Interim Deputy Superintendent
Signed By:
Keith Posley, Ed.D. - Superintendent