The USA Today – Wisconsin has been publishing a series called #KidsinCrisis. For a complete look at all the featured articles so far go to http://htrne.ws/1SJ2xM2 This series continues through the spring, including a number of Town Hall Meetings to allow people on the front lines to share their knowledge of Wisconsin’s mental health needs of and services for children. I encourage you to read and listen, explore the interactive maps – including pupil services allocations by district – and youth and provider voices. Hear/watch Jessica Skaaland, a school psychologist for the Oshkosh Area School District, discuss the ratio of students to school psychologists in the schools she serves.
Please consider attending a Town Hall near you.
The Town Hall meetings will run 90 minutes and will begin at 6 or 7 p.m. Click the dates to see Facebook events for each meeting and watch for more details over the coming weeks:
- Monday, Feb. 22 — Manitowoc, 6 p.m., Silver Lake College, Generose Enrichment Center, 2406 South Alverno Rd.
- Tuesday, Feb. 23 — Green Bay, 7 p.m., Brown County Public Library, 515 Pine St.
- Wednesday, Feb. 24 — Marshfield, 6 p.m., Mid-State Technical College, Community Engagement Room 126, 2600 W. Fifth St.
- Thursday, Feb. 25 — Wisconsin Rapids, 6 p.m., McMillan Memorial Library, Fine Arts Center, 490 E. Grand Ave.
- Monday, Feb. 29 — Fond du Lac, 6 p.m., Fond du Lac Public Library, McLane Meeting room, 32 Sheboygan St.
- Wednesday, March 2 — Stevens Point, 6 p.m., Mid-State Technical College, Community Engagement Rooms 634 and 635, 1001 Centerpoint Drive.
- Thursday, March 3 — Oshkosh, 7 p.m., Best Western Premier Waterfront Hotel, Athearn Ballroom, 1 North Main St.
- Tuesday, March 8 — Wausau, 6 p.m., University of Wisconsin-Marathon County Auditorium, 518 S. Seventh Ave.
- Wednesday, March 9 — Sheboygan, 6 p.m., Mead Public Library, Rocca meeting room, 710 N 8th St.
- Thursday, March 10 — Appleton, 7 p.m., Lawrence University, Warch Campus Center Cinema, 711 E. Boldt Way.
- Thursday, May 5 — Madison, Overture Center for the Arts, 201 State St. (Event tentatively scheduled to start at 10 a.m.)
I would like us to keep the conversation going and hope that you will share these dates with families, teens, friends and co-workers you think would be interested in participating.
Kathryn L. Bush, Ph.D., Psychologist
School Psychology Consultant
Consultant, Wisconsin School Mental Health Project