Advocate for Youth Mental Health: Join “Kids in Crisis” Event on May 10 in Madison

USA-Today in Wisconsin has been running an excellent series on youth mental health.  Click here for a link to some of the articles in the Kids in Crisis series.

Young people will share their stories at a Madison event on May 10, to be followed by opportunities for state advocacy.  Here is the information:

Our “Kids in Crisis Day of Action”  event will be from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. May 10 at the Overture Center for the Arts, 201 State St. in Madison.






More News on Crisis Restoration Centers and Jail Diversion: Join NAMI Meeting on 2/22

A two-part series by Wisconsin State Journal  reporter David Wahlberg delves into the need for jail diversion programs and treatment options in Dane County.  He also reports on assessments of the services provided by Strategic Behavioral Health in nearby Green Bay.   SHB announced that it will open a hospital with crisis restoration beds in Madison.

Click for “County Explores Crisis Restoration Center”

Click for Green Bay article.  Click for letter to the editor that describes a bill that would provide grants for crisis restoration centers throughout the state.

NAMI-Dane is offering a meeting with a SBH representative who will answer questions about plans for Madison.  Here is the information.

“Let’s Talk About It” Program Series
Please join us for our February Program Meeting to learn more about Strategic Behavioral Health (SBH) and the new psychiatric hospital planned in Dane County. This meeting has a Q&A format, where panelist Bret Morschauser – clinical liaison with Willowcreek Behavioral Health in Green Bay (a subsidiary of SBH) – will answer questions and comments from the audience.

February 22, 2018
United Way Building, Evjue A & B
2059 Atwood Ave.

Free event but registration is appreciated.
Call 608-249-7188 to let us know you’ll be there!




What Will Happen to Long-term Care as Wisconsin’s Population Ages?

Wisconsin Health News offers monthly luncheons with terrific speakers.  The May 2 event features the escalating problem of financing long-term care for an aging population.  Here is WHN’s description of the event.

“Wisconsin’s population is aging and healthcare care costs for the elderly and those needing long-term care are growing along with it. Gov. Walker’s budget increases Medicaid reimbursement for nursing homes and provides more money for direct care workers. Is it enough to address workforce shortages? And what’s next for Family Care? After pulling back its plans to overhaul the program, the administration is pushing forward with a statewide expansion. Will they incorporate other proposed program changes?”

Lynn Breedlove, Co-Chair, Wisconsin Long Term Care Coalition
Curtis Cunningham, Assistant Administrator of Long-Term Care Benefits and Programs, Department of Health Services,
Tim Garrity, Chief Innovation Officer, Community Link
John Vander Meer, Executive Director, Wisconsin Health Care Association

The luncheon will take place on May 2 from 11:30 to 1:00 at the Madison Club, 5 E Wilson St., Madison.  Wisconsin Health News is a subscription service providing daily updates on health news and exclusive interviews.  The lunch is $30 for subscribers and $40 for non-subscribers.  Click here to register and to learn about WHN.


Join “Listening Session” on Jail Diversion Options

NAMI-Dane County and MOSES are sponsoring a listening session to discuss issues related to mental health and the Dane County Jail.  Paul Saeman of MOSES will present successful models for jail diversion in other jurisdictions.  Carousel Bayrd, who attended the Stepping Up Summit in Washington, D.C., will offer the perspective of a member of the Dane County Board of Supervisors.

The event will take place at Trinity Lutheran Church, 1901 W. Winnebago St., Madison from 6:00 to 8:00 on March 16th.



Gov. Walker Proposes Funds for Children’s Mental Health Services

Thanks to the Advocacy Committee of NAMI-Dane County for this information about Gov. Walker’s budget proposals for children’s mental health services.

Walker proposes  a categorical aid program of $3 million to pay for social work expenditures of school districts and independent charter schools, a grant program of $2.5 million to help connect youth to mental health services; and $1 million to provide training for school employees about how to provide mental health screening and intervention services.

A policy advisor to Wisconsin School Supt. Tony Evers will meet with the Advocacy Committee at 5:30 on February 13 at the NAMI office,  2059 Atwood Ave., Madison.

Check back here for more information about Walker’s budget proposals affecting mental health services.

Next Steps for Criminal Justice Reform in Dane County

In late April, Dane County sent a five-person team to the Stepping Up Summit in Washington, D.C..  Our team consisted of representatives from the county board, police department, county department of social services, NAMI-Dane County, and the sheriff’s department.

The team spent two days learning how to design and implement a successful plan to move more people with mental illness from jails into treatment.  Members will share what they  learned and respond to questions and feedback from audience members.

Join them on June 29 from 5:30 to 7:00 at the United Way Building, 2059 Atwood Ave.

WI NAMI Launches Early Intervention Programs

WI NAMI, the state affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, is coming full circle by honoring the memory of NAMI’s founders with an effort to promote the mental health of young people.  Nearly 40 years ago, a small group of women in Madison met to discuss how to help their children with serious mental illness.  They went on to found NAMI, which today is the country’s leading advocacy and support organization for those concerned with mental illness.

With its 100 Extraordinary Women Celebration, WI NAMI is launching a new youth mental health movement.  The aim is to change the way young people talk about and access mental health supports. Funds will be used to cultivate youth leaders who can encourage open dialogue among their peers about mental health problems and to provide resources for the adults in their lives. More information, including how to donate, is here.

The kickoff dinner will take place on June 17 at the Fluno Center in Madison.




Mental Health Court Forum sponsored by Dane County NAMI

April 7th, 2016 from 5:30 to 7:30 at United Way Building,3rd Floor Conference Room, 2056 Atwood Avenue

Learn how a treatment-based diversion program could help people with mental illness take steps toward recovery instead of serving sentences in jail.  Speakers include Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne, Municipal Judge Daniel P. Koval, Public Defender Dee Dee Watson, and two representatives from the mental health court in Eau Claire County.