Contact Information

Jonathan Woloshin, Program Administrator, 206-9849

John Bemis, Next Steps Teacher, 206-9028
Ray Cox, Next Steps Teacher
Samantha Jean, Next Steps Teacher
Katie Julka, Primary Steps Teacher

Entry Criteria

  • Serves Students in 1st-9th grade (Primary Steps for 1st-5th grade, Next Steps for  6th-9th grade)
  • Referral made to Intensive Support Team – request for support
  • Identified with a disability requiring special education services
  • Demonstrated history of lack of progress in response to previous intervention
  • Placement based on current seats available
  • Co-occurring mental health challenges
  • FBA/BIP in place and & implemented with fidelity for 45 days prior to placement

Program Description

An estimated 13 percent of youth under 18 have significant mental health problems. Anxiety, trauma, depression, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and disruptive behavior disorders are among the more common disorders. If mental health problems go untreated, they can impede success in school, continue into adulthood, and contribute to ongoing problems.

Both Next Steps & Primary Steps provide services to Madison Metropolitan School District (MMSD) students with educational disabilities and co-occurring mental health challenges who are in first through ninth grades. MMSD’s Steps Programs focus on skills for managing emotions and coping with stress. Curriculum addresses core topic areas, including identifying feelings, coping with trauma, understanding one’s physical responses, learning to relax, linking thoughts and feelings, and developing plans for coping and practicing emotion management.  Programming will also focus on reducing trauma symptoms among at-risk primary school children (for example children exposed to violence or natural disasters).

Steps is a partnership between Madison Metropolitan School District (MMSD) and Family Service of Madison (FSM).  Family Service of Madison has been serving families since 1910 by providing mental health supports and interventions.

All students have the right to acquire academic, social, emotional, and behavioral skills in a safe, structured, and therapeutic environment. Students need to develop a meaningful set of skills for emotional management, relationship building, and decision making to successfully participate in their home school.