Security Health Plan supports schools with behavioral health screenings

Security Health Plan recognizes that healthy minds are an integral part of healthy lives. That’s why it is proud to announce the recipients of $125,000 in school-based grants.

Professional image of Jay ShraderThe grants provide the Behavioral, Emotional and Social Traits (b.e.s.t.) universal screening for 72 Wisconsin elementary schools during the 2017-18 school year.

“Like the vision screenings Wisconsin schools have required since 2001, the b.e.s.t. screening helps educational professionals identify behavioral health and risk factors. It then offers data-based solutions when they can have the greatest impact – while students are young,” said Eric Hartwig, Ph.D., school psychologist, former administrator of pupil services for the Marathon County Children with Disabilities Education Board and developer of the b.e.s.t. screening. 

“Other than family, no one spends more time with students than teachers. It’s natural to use their observations of 26 specific behaviors that are predictive of problems now or in the future to provide children with additional support.”

Security Health Plan is collaborating with Mindfield LLC, to train the 992 elementary teachers at recipient schools across 17 counties. Teachers will learn how to use the b.e.s.t. screening as an effective early intervention tool to benefit their more than 16,746 students.

The recipients are:

  • Antigo Unified School District
  • Arcadia School District
  • Augusta Area School District
  • Arbor Vitae-Woodruff Elementary School
  • Chequamegon School District
  • Cumberland School District
  • DC Everest School District
  • Durand-Arkansaw School District
  • Edgar School District
  • Eleva-Strum School District
  • Lac du Flambeau School
  • Loyal School District
  • Marathon City School District
  • Marathon County Child Development Agency Head Start
  • Marshfield Clinic Youth Net
  • Minocqua J1 School District
  • Mosinee School District
  • North Lakeland School District
  • Osseo-Fairchild School District
  • School District of Owen-Withee
  • Regis Catholic Schools
  • Rosholt School District
  • School District of Athens
  • School District of Fall Creek
  • School District of Flambeau
  • School District of Stratford
  • School District of Waupaca
  • Spencer School District
  • St. Anthony Catholic School
  • Three Lakes School District
  • Turtle Lake School District
  • Wautoma Area School District
  • Wild Rose School District
  • Wisconsin Heights School District
  • Wisconsin Rapids Public Schools

“We know healthy minds and behaviors can open up opportunities for children to succeed academically. We want every student to have the best possible chance to learn,” said Jay Shrader, Marshfield Clinic Health System vice president of community health & wellness.

Security Health Plan has invested in b.e.s.t. since 2013.

“Our participating schools have found the screening so helpful that we’ve chosen to not only continue our investment in behavioral health, but to expand it. Our initiative is meant to address the limited behavioral resources available to Wisconsin schools, and we want more students and teachers to benefit,” said Shrader.