Building Bridges is a school-based mental health program that serves students in grades 4K-8, with immediate mental health needs, and their families.

Trained and experienced mental health staff work with the school to connect students and their families to resources, develop and promote emotional wellness, and provide school staff with professional development consultation on mental health and trauma-related issues. 


2016 Service Results


100% of parents know where to go to get their child mental health support.

95% of parents feel included in their child's school experience.

81% of teachers have noticed a decrease in high risk behavior in the classroom.

95% of teachers have noticed an increase in their understanding of how their student's mental health impacts academic success.

80% of teachers have more tools to provide effective instructional strategies for their students.




Services are available in the following school districts and their areas: DeForest, Madison Metropolitan, Middleton-Cross Plains, Mount Horeb, Oregon, Stoughton, Sun Prairie, Verona, Waunakee Community, and Wisconsin Heights. To learn more about Building Bridges, or to make a referral, contact your child’s school.




Services are free of charge to the students and their families and provided regardless of religion, race, ethnic background, and socio-economic status.




Trish Grant, MSSW, APSW
Program Coordinator

Catholic Charities
702 S. High Point Road, Ste. 105
Madison, WI 53719
P: (608) 826-8008