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        Community Collaborative Addressing Mental Health Needs of Racine Children


                Julie Hueller               Racine  Collaborative  for  Children’s  Mental
                Racine Unified School District  Health  (C2MH)  to  create  innovative  solu-
                Manager Racine Collaborative for    tions  to  address  the  unmet  mental  health
                Children’s Mental Health    needs  of  our  children.  Members  include
            As we enter into an unprecedented school   community  leaders,  nonprofit  and  health-
        year, the unmet mental health needs of our chil-  care organizations, RUSD administrative and
        dren are unequivocally at the top of our mind.   student support staff, human service providers,
        With the onset of COVID-19 across our globe,   faith  leaders,  funders  and  parents/caregivers
        we  have  seen  an  increase  in  the  number  of   with lived experiences.
        students reporting mental health concerns and   The  importance  of  having  strong  com-
        each school district across our country is being   munity partners that can assist with the unmet
        challenged with how to best address this issue.  mental  health  needs  of  our  RUSD  students
            At  Racine  Unified  School  District   was the driving force behind our work. As a
        (RUSD),  we  started  our  journey  to  address   school district, we could not do this alone.
        the mental health of our students in 2012. One   The first step for C2MH was creating a
        community  asset  in  Racine  is  the  Johnson   common vision and agenda for our work. The
        Foundation  at  Wingspread,  which  provides   community-level data and RUSD student data
        an impact convening model to bring diverse   revealed a need to find innovative approaches   mental health services in our community. Early   We  researched  the  major  barriers  to
        partners together to share ideas, concerns and   to improve access for students and their fami-  identification  and  treatment  of  students  with   accessing mental health services in the com-
        collectively develop plans for positive change.   lies to mental health services.    mental health issues would assist the child and   munity  including  transportation,  competing
            Out  of  our  convening  experience,  we   Our  target  populations  were  those  stu-  their family with improved mental well-being   work-life demands on caregivers and having
        developed  a  community  collaborative,  the   dents and their families living in poverty and   which in turn can support improved academic
                                            experiencing difficulty in accessing traditional   success.                          Continued on Page 4

                        Announcing our 2020

          Dream Career Essay Contest                                                                                      Award Winners

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         Open now for

         Submissions!                                                            Announcing the Herb Kohl Teacher

                                                                                 Fellowship and Principal Leadership
                                                                                 Awards, recognizing excellence and
                 Details on                                                      innovation in PK–12 Wisconsin schools

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                                                                                 Nominations for 2021 accepted through October 13, 2020
                                                                                 at 5 p.m. See nomination details on Page 20.



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