Advancing Behavioral Health in Wisconsin

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Changing Systems for Better Mental Health

Fueled by the power of communities to build the networks, systems, and structures best suited to address the health challenges their residents face, the Advancing Behavioral Health Initiative set a new standard for large-scale mental and behavioral health improvement. This strategic, coalition-centered approach combined significant funding with the resources, time, and support communities needed to develop and implement customized action plans reflective of their unique circumstances, and to evaluate both the impact and sustainability of their programs.

From reducing the number of youths experiencing depression, to creating individualized de-escalation plans for emergency responders to use in a mental health crisis, teams of community partners worked together, benefitting from each other’s perspective to develop best practice models that can be replicated elsewhere in Wisconsin.

 

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AHW’s Advancing Behavioral Health initiative provided 10 community partners across Wisconsin the luxury of time—8 years—to form coalitions, identify priorities, build sustainable programs, and measure their effectiveness—all with the support of a robust, AHW-funded team of Medical College of Wisconsin academic partners and a leading national expert on large-scale community-driven change.

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"We were ahead of the curve in working on solutions to what is now a national crisis, and have a lot of learning to share with the rest of the country."

Paul Schmitz | Senior Advisor, Collective Impact Forum

 

 

 

Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin Initiative

Wisconsin Health Investment: Advancing Behavioral Health

Partner Projects and Communities

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Southwestern Wisconsin

See how a coalition in southwest Wisconsin is leveraging Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin Endowment funding and support to increase the acceptability of mental health treatment across the adult population of the five-county region so that more people will be willing to utilize mental health services.

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Racine County

See how a coalition in Racine County is leveraging Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin Endowment funding and support to increase coordination of and exposure to evidence-based opportunities to learn about social emotional development for parents of 4K-5th grade Racine Unified School District students.

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Milwaukee

See how a coalition in Milwaukee is leveraging Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin Endowment funding and support to help families navigate culturally appropriate, family-directed services.

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La Crosse County

See how a coalition in La Crosse County is leveraging Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin Endowment funding and support to build resilience skills and positive social connectedness among the youth population in La Crosse County public schools grades 6-12.

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Northeast Wisconsin

See how a coalition in northeast Wisconsin is leveraging Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin Endowment funding and support to improve the school climate by increasing social connectedness for students through building relationships with peers and trusted adults.

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Brown County

See how a coalition in Brown County is leveraging Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin Endowment funding and support to help workplaces in adopting or modifying mental health/wellness programs, policies or practices to address employee stress, psychological trauma and/or depression.

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Marathon County

See how a coalition in Marathon County is leveraging Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin Endowment funding and support to increase accessibility and utilization of on-site mental health counseling services in all 10 of its school districts.

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Chippewa Valley

See how a coalition in the Chippewa Valley is leveraging Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin Endowment funding and support to increase capacity of the youth-serving workforce across sectors to build protective factors and resilience for Eau Claire and Chippewa County youth.

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Lac du Flambeau

See how a coalition in Lac du Flambeau is leveraging Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin Endowment funding and support to change and sustain an alcohol use/abuse community "norm" by engaging families to provide comprehensive training and support of Ojibwe cultural teachings, traditions, and practices to promoting healing and strengthen protective factors.

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Northern Wisconsin

See how a coalition in Northern Wisconsin is leveraging Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin Endowment funding and support to create a framework for systemic coordination which will allow cross-sector partners to use resources more efficiently and effectively, and address complex needs.

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