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Advancing Behavioral Health Initiative Strategies

Along their eight-year journeys, each of the 10 coalitions participating in the ABHI documented the core components to their strategies, challenges they faced and tactics to address them, as well as general best practices, allowing others the opportunity to replicate and refine the strategies in their own communities. The strategies are generally organized into three categories: school-based, community-based, and access to resources.

Note: Any linked documents are intended for educational purpose only. Please consult legal counsel to replicate MOUs and other legal agreements/contracts.


ABH Landing Page Accordion
School-based Strategies

Investing in the mental health of Wisconsin's youth contributes to their academic success, personal growth, and overall well-being. Equipping students with the skills for self-care empowers them to take care of their mental health throughout their lives. Many of the AHW-funded coalitions contributed to improving mental health in the classroom by promoting resiliency, early intervention, and education for youth-serving professionals.

Community-based Strategies

The forging of community partnerships was central to each coalition’s ability to identify gaps in access to care and developing the strategies to address them. These strategies involved systems change, education, and increased access to resources for individuals in the community to manage their mental well-being and lead healthier lives.


Data sharing can significantly improve mental health in the community primarily by identifying the needs and gaps where services are inadequate. Programs created to develop a more free-flowing system of data collection and sharing lead to evidence-based policies that improve access to care and allow interested parties to monitor progress of those policies along the way. Accessible data also aids in advocating for additional resources and funding for those looking to implement new strategies in their communities.