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Improving Youth Mental Health in Schools with the PATH Program

Brianna Heusterberg, Director of Strategic Programming/PATH Coordinator

June 5th, 2020

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Improving Youth Mental Health in Schools with the PATH Program

Sheboygan County School Counselor Carla Vorpahl shows student information on the PATH Program which brings licensed therapists directly to students in school free of charge.

What is United Way's PATH for Students?

Providing Access to Healing (PATH) is a United Way of Sheboygan County (UWSC) initiative that places licensed professional clinicians in the school setting to increase access to care for students throughout Sheboygan County. Partnering with Mental Health America in Sheboygan County (MHA), Lakeshore Community Healthcare (LCHC), and Ozaukee Community Therapies LLC (OCT), PATH provides treatment and coping skills for students and their families struggling with common issues such as depression, anxiety, ADHD, and relationship stressors among other emotional and behavioral challenges common to students today.

These licensed professional clinicians are based in the schools to ensure improved direct access to mental health treatment, assessment, and social support in a stressful environment, thus, lessening the likelihood of diminished school attendance and missed therapy appointments. Assessment and treatment are provided regardless of an individual’s ability to pay, however, when possible, private insurances are billed.

In 2017, PATH was present in two school districts as well as Head Start, with 10 days of services. Through the support of UWSC, Sheboygan County Health and Human Service (DHHS), and the Sheboygan County School Districts, in 2018, PATH expanded to all school districts as well as Head Start, with 65 days of services provided by LCHC and OCT. Currently schools that participate in PATH include:

  • Sheboygan: North HS, South HS, George Warriner HS/MS, Etude HS/MS, Central HS, Horace Mann MS, Farnsworth MS, Urban MS, Longfellow El, Jefferson El, Jackson El, Wilson El, Madison El, Sheridan El, Cooper El, Grant El, Pigeon River/Etude El, Cleveland El, Lincoln Erdman El, ELC, and CHANGE Academy
  • Head Start
  • Cedar Grove Belgium
  • Elkhart Lake
  • Howards Grove
  • Kohler
  • Oostburg
  • Plymouth
  • Random Lake
  • Sheboygan Falls


Since 2015, more than 400 students have been served by United Way’s PATH Program. For more data check out the 2018/2019 brochure. To learn more about PATH and the importance of youth mental health services check out this article written by the Sheboygan Press.

How can I get help from United Way's PATH for students?

Please contact your child's school for more information about PATH services or reach out to the PATH Coordinator, Brianna Heusterberg at

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