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At the urging of Senior Student Affairs Officers during the 2018-19 academic year, and following a presentation to the UW System Board of Regents in April 2019, former President Ray Cross established the Student Behavioral Health Initiative and charged three workgroups with developing recommendations to address the growing influence of behavioral health issues on the personal and academic lives of students. Counseling, Health, and other Student Affairs professionals representing all 13 UW campuses participated in the workgroups during Summer/Fall 2019, and completed reports summarizing their recommendations in Spring 2020.
A comprehensive public health framework composed of the following three tiers guide the work of the Initiative:
- Providing critical treatment and crisis response resources
- Reaching targeted/vulnerable populations
- Creating healthy campus environments and improving overall well-being
The overarching goal of the initiative is to improve the emotional health and wellbeing of students, in service to their personal and academic goals.