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Wisconsin and Upper Michigan


School-Based Mental Health

Helping Struggling Students Across Wisconsin

Many students across Wisconsin struggle with mental health issues, including self-harm, grief after losing a parent, self-esteem issues, stress, depression and anxiety. Our school-based mental health programs work to address these concerns and struggles by bringing licensed mental health professionals to students during the school day, overcoming common challenges including health insurance coverage and cost. 

Watch the story below to see the impact our services have on a student, their family the staff and school as a whole in the Appleton Area School District.

PATH - Providing Access to Healing

Our PATH (Providing Access to Healing) Program, offered in partnership with United Way,  helps combat the barriers that often prevent students and families from seeking treatment, from scheduling appointments to insurance concerns. 

As part of PATH,  students see licensed mental health professionals at school, providing them with coping skills and treatments to overcome their struggles. These services go above and beyond what a typical school guidance counselor can offer. Although the appointments happen during the school day, they often improve class attendance while reducing other disruptions, like anxiety attacks. PATH services are provided regardless of inability to pay, although private insurance is billed whenever possible. 

For more information about PATH services, contact us using the form below. 


We, in collaboration with Agrace, Catholic Charities, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin Community Services, Family Service Madison, Journey Mental Health Center and The Rainbow Project, provide mental health services to students in Dane and Rock County who have a wide range of mental health needs. This program, called FACE-Kids, uses collaborative systems to provide accessible group counseling in schools, neighborhood centers, and FACE-Kids agencies. The ultimate goal of FACE-Kids is to help strengthen and improve a child’s individual, family, and school life by being a part of a supportive group with others in a similar situation. 

As part of the FACE-Kids program, our counselors work with K-12 youth in schools, community centers, community agencies or churches. Priority for service is given to students experiencing life crises or difficulty functioning due to mental health issues or mental illness, being affected in some way by violence and/or abuse and a need for social training. 

Common group topics include:

  • Social Skills
  • Emotion Regulation
  • Grief and Loss
  • Family Change
  • Self-Esteem

Area youth are referred to the groups by participating agencies, area school personnel, Dane County Department of Human Services, neighborhood centers, health practitioners, and/or parents. For more information about FACE-Kids, contact us and one of our counselors will be in touch. 


School-Based Mental Health Brochure

Read more in our brochure about the services offered through our school-based mental health programs.

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School Based Mental Health Stories

A PATH Forward

Our Providing Access to Healing Program helps student struggling with mental health issues by bringing counseling and support directly to them during the school day.

PATH Client Success Story

A recent article on the Sheboygan County United Way website shares the success story of a local teen who, through PATH, has found ways to overcome anxiety at school.

PATH Program Featured in Appleton Post Crescent

LSS licensed counselor, Kristine Sack, spends two days a week at Appleton East High School as part of the PATH program. Read more in this article from the Appleton Post-Crescent newspaper.
Published November 2016

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Suite 2275
West Allis, WI 53214

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