The following bills were recently signed into law by Gov. Scott Walker:

Special Session Assembly Bill 11 (Act 31) – requires the Department of Public Instruction to establish a mental health training support program. The program would provide school district and charter school staff with training on Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment, or SBIRT. SBIRT is a public health screening tool and interview model that school staff may utilize to conduct early interventions with students struggling with mental health, alcohol, and drug issues. Authored by Rep. John Nygren (R-Marinette) and Sen. Jerry Petrowski (R-Marathon).

Special Session Assembly Bill 2 (Act 32) – increases funding for the Treatment Alternatives and Diversion (TAD) grant program by $2 million annually. It also provides an additional $150,000 each year of the biennium for an expansion of the TAD program and allocates $261,000 annually to create a pilot program for expanded diversion efforts. Authored by Rep. John Nygren (R-Marinette) and Sen. Scott Fitzgerald (R-Juneau).

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Dunn County News editor

Barbara Lyon is the editor of The Dunn County News in Menomonie, WI.

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