Providing Access to Healing (PATH) is United Way of Sheboygan County’s focus area under the health building block. Partnering with Lutheran Social Services, the program places licensed mental health professionals for students at several middle and high schools in Sheboygan County. PATH provides treatment and coping skills for students and their families struggling with common issues such as depression, anxiety, ADHD, and relationship stresses among others common to students today.
These professionals are based in the schools to ensure improved, direct access to mental health treatment, assessment, and social support in a stressful environment lessening the likelihood of diminished school attendance. Assessment and treatment are provided regardless of individual ability to pay, however, when possible private insurances are billed.
The foundations for the program were assessed in 2014 and the program entered its pilot year in two school districts, Random Lake and the Etude Group, for the 2015-16 academic year. Two additional school sites were added for the 2016-17 school year: the Plymouth School District and Head Start. For the 2017-18 school year, the program confirmed the addition of the Elkhart Lake/Glenbeulah School District, Oostburg School District and Sheboygan Falls School District, all of which will beginning the program in the fall of 2017. PATH programs in Outagamie and Winnebago Counties, which have operated since 2008, have observed reduced symptoms, improved academic performance and family relationships, and more benefits.
United Way of Sheboygan County views education as a cornerstone of individual and community success. It is essential to a prosperous career path. The PATH program is aimed at addressing the struggles for many youths in education and provide and foster support and success for the leaders of the future in Sheboygan County.