July 22, 2014

Looking at school-based mental health care

A group of mental health professionals gather at the state Capitol to discuss whether there should be a policy on mental health care resources in K-12.

Kathy Halley, a psychologist with Madison Metropolitan School District, says students with mental health issues are more prone to behavioral problems and less likely to do well in school. She says having these resources in school would help remove the stigma of mental health care while helping ensure access to these services.

Halley says a number of states are ahead of Wisconsin in providing such services. She says those states have shown improvements in student learning.

The gathering was a put on by the Wisconsin Legislative Council and subsets within UW-Madison.

AUDIO: Brian Moon reports (1:02)