Altoona (WQOW) – On Thursday the Altoona School District announced some big strides made this past school year to better the mental health of its students.
Thanks to a $75,000 grant from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, the district was able to add several mental health services during the 2019-2020 school year.
Officials were able to add a full-time mental health coordinator on staff, who also serves as a licensed therapist.
The grant money was also able to provide training for staff and community members in non-violence crisis prevention and youth mental health first aid.
This year 124 students were able to receive services from the licensed therapist. That’s up 39 students from 2019.
With an average wait of 8 days, their referral wait time was reduced by 11 days.
“We’re just growing as a district and our community has been wonderfully supportive. It’s really exciting to see these new things being offered for our community members and also for our students. We want to give them every opportunity to be really successful,” said Jennifer Kronenberg, mental health coordinator for the School District of Altoona.
Krokenberg said the grant will be good through 2021, and they plan to reapply for the grant in 2022.