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Mental Health Activities & Partnerships

Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS) is proud to offer a variety of wraparound services, beyond our academic programs, that help students and families achieve academic and personal success. These offerings deliver exactly what the word wraparound suggests; they provide important help beyond the classroom and include social, emotional, health, enrichment and other critical services.

These programs allow families to find programs that promote good mental health as well as services that can assist those struggling with mental health concerns.

Click on the programs below to learn more about the mental health activities and partnerships wraparound services Milwaukee Public Schools offers.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee, Inc.

Boys Girls Club LogoThis partnership provides educational and recreational enrichment opportunities for MPS students through the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee, Inc. MPS-affiliated Community Learning Centers and their club sites throughout the city. The clubs also provide specialty programs for MPS students, including the Teen Prevention Program and MarVan Scholars.

Children's Hospital of Wisconsin

Children's Hospital of WisconsinProject UjimaCHW provides professional development and support in the use of its Act Now! anti-bullying program. In addition, Project Ujima is a core partner as part of the U.S. Department of Education’s Project Prevent grant whereby children and families impacted by violence receive support, and parents receive training on various topics related to violence reduction.

Coordinated School Health Teams

Coordinated School Health Teams work to improve students’ health and learning in Milwaukee Public Schools. Students need to be healthy to learn and they need to learn to be healthy.

De-escalation Interventions

This approach trains staff to accurately identify student behavior and to respond with the appropriate approach, helping reduce the likelihood of disruptive behavior in schools.

Milwaukee County Behavioral Health

Milwaukee CountyThis partnership enables shared efforts to grow and strengthen in areas such as identifying youth who may have mental health challenges, developing and enhancing suicide intervention protocols and supporting health curriculum content.

MPS Crisis Team

The MPS Crisis Team responds to and supports schools when there is a traumatic incident, including the death of a student or staff member. This team of school psychologists and social workers helps school communities understand and work through their emotions.

MPS Violence Prevention Program

The Violence Prevention Program supports schools with training and programs designed to reduce incidents in schools. A team that includes school psychologists, school social workers, school counselors and teachers provides support in the following areas: trauma sensitivity, social and emotional learning, classroom organization and management, behavior management, conflict resolution, peer mediation and restorative practice.

Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS)

PBISThis school-wide system teaches students what behaviors are expected and supports those positive actions. Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) has different steps or levels called tiers to help students succeed in showing good behavior. All students receive some level of support.

Student Services: Nurses, Social Workers, Psychologists & Counselors

MPS Student Services addresses the wide range of social, emotional, behavioral and physical issues and circumstances that may limit a student’s ability to achieve academically.


SaintA'sSaintA’s has supported families in Milwaukee since the mid-1800s. More recently it has focused heavily on trauma-informed care and has shared its knowledge and expertise, enhancing the trauma-sensitive work being carried out within MPS schools.

School/Community Partnership for Mental Health (SCPMH)

SCPMH logoThe model is based on a combination of data and research focused on best practices for collaboration between school and community mental health providers. Service delivery focuses on students with emerging and/or unmet mental health concerns that extend beyond what can be addressed by schools. The model is designed to increase access to early targeted interventions, prevent more costly care, and decrease school suspensions, truancy and/or adjudication. Current providers are Sebastian Family Psychology Practice, Children’s Hospital Community Services, Aurora Family Service and Shorehaven Behavioral Health.

Sojourner Family Peace Center

Sojourner Family Peace CenterSojourner Family Peace Center provides holistic services under one roof for domestic-violence victims of all ages. MPS is one of the many project partners and has a full-time school social worker located at the Center. The social worker serves as a liaison and works to increase communication between families and school personnel to provide information and referrals for families impacted by domestic violence.

Staff Resource Fair

More than 50 community agencies provide information to MPS teachers and staff that will assist our students and families. This annual fair is a great opportunity for school social workers, school psychologists, school counselors, nurses, parent coordinators and other staff to obtain valuable information, tools and resources.

Suicide Protocol

The Suicide Risk Checklist is administered to students who express suicidal thoughts or provide reason to believe that there is cause for concern. The school psychologist or social worker is contacted immediately when a threat of suicide is detected.

Trauma Informed Care

Trauma Informed Care realizes the prevalence of trauma in students’ lives, recognizes the impact of trauma on academic and behavioral functioning, responds by providing universal and various supports that are sensitive to each student’s unique needs, and is mindful of creating situations that avoid re-traumatization. This is a collaborative effort of the Violence Prevention Team and the Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) Team.


Wraparound Milwaukee

Wraparound Milwaukee provides a unique system of care for children with serious emotional, behavioral and mental health needs and their families. Wraparound works collaboratively with MPS to support students who have a higher level of need.

Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA)

This service provides adults with skills and strategies to help adolescents experiencing a mental health challenge or crisis. A five-step action plan is developed to assess the situation and intervene to help the child.


Dena Radtke
Manager of Social Work Services

Please note

Not all programs are available at all schools. Some programs operate during the school year and others only during summer months. For further information on program availability at your child’s school, please contact the school directly.

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