Montana town to serve as a testbed for strengthening school-based mental wellness programs

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Montana town to be testbed for strengthening school-based mental wellness programs

With the assistance of WICHE’s Behavioral Health Program, a Livingston, Mont. elementary school has begun an effort to implement best practices in school-based mental health programs, focused on three priorities: teacher wellness, behavioral supports for students, and consistent positive intervention. WICHE also will assist in integrating the school-based programs with a separate, district wide initiative focused on community resiliency.

WICHE’s work in Livingston is supported by a supplemental federal grant to the Mountain Plains Mental Health Technology Transfer Center, co-directed by WICHE and the University of North Dakota.

The East Side-Winans school in Livingston is the first to be selected for the best-practices project. A second school will be added in the coming months.