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Learn how this program helps area students reach their best health.

Many communities have identified behavioral health as a top health priority. Evidence shows that behavioral health is critical to many aspects of learning and development. Early identification of behavioral health issues and accompanying intervention help school children thrive both in and beyond the classroom.

School-based behavioral health screening and intervention

School personnel play an important role in early intervention and prevention when they provide student support and connect students to effective services.  Security Health Plan and the Center for Community Health Advancement at Marshfield Clinic Health System are proud to partner with b.e.s.t. universal screening and provide school districts with tools to promote the behavioral health and well-being of children in our communities.   

Dr Hartwig

Eric Hartwig, Ph.D., creator of the b.e.s.t. universal screening tool, provides training to educators and other support staff at the Point of Discovery School in Stevens Point. Participants learned to interpret data and how to match interventions to student’s needs.

How b.e.s.t. works

The b.e.s.t. universal screening platform provides a systematic method of quantifying behavioral observations to translate the principles of mental health wellness into practice. Educational professionals screen each student by using the b.e.s.t. tool. They then receive resources to help analyze behavior patterns, reinforce positive behavior in the classroom and school-wide, and determine the next steps for students needing extra support.   

The b.e.s.t. universal screening:

The screening tool has been used in school districts throughout Wisconsin and other states across the country, with more than 300,000 completed screenings in the database.   This database continues to grow with each screening window. Learn more about b.e.s.t. universal screening and try the software here.

b.e.s.t. FAQs

b.e.s.t. grant for schools

Marshfield Clinic Health System and Security Health Plan will pay for the implementation of b.e.s.t. for qualifying schools. Any school district within Security Health Plan’s service area is welcome to apply. Grants will be awarded on a first come, first served basis until capacity is reached. We will begin accepting applications for the 2023-2024 school year in spring 2023.


If you have any questions, please contact:
Laura Zelenak, MS
Project Manager, Center for Community Health Advancement
Marshfield Clinic Health System