Dane County Budget to include initiative to help children with mental illness

Posted Monday, September 30, 2013 --- 7:24 p.m.

Dane County Executive Joe Parisi on Monday announced today the 2014 Dane County Budget will include funding for a new Mental Health fund to address concerns from Dane County school districts.

Parisi said school staffs around the county have voiced concerns that there’s not enough support or training to help students suffering from mental illness.

Parisi is proposing the creation of two mental-health, rapid-response teams to work in the Sun Prairie and Verona school districts.

"Our Mental Health Rapid Response Teams will give teachers, law enforcement, and families powerful resources to raise awareness and acceptance of mental illness in our communities. said Parisi. "No child should have to suffer in silence- these teams will help provide the critical support our students need."

Parisi will outline his full budget plans to the county board Tuesday.

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