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Children's Wisconsin details mental health action plan

Wednesday, November 20, 2019  
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November 20, Wisconsin Health News

Children's Wisconsin has identified seven initiatives that it could implement to improve mental and behavioral healthcare for children.

They'll cost around $150 million to realize, according to a Tuesday statement.

The initiatives aim to detect mental health needs sooner, improve access to care and reduce stigma.

“Mental health is something we as a community must address – without it, we are not fulfilling our commitment to improve the health of Wisconsin’s kids," CEO Peggy Troy said in a statement.

The plan includes:

  • Universal screening for depression and anxiety.
  • Creating a hub to anchor and coordinate the work of early childhood mental health providers.
  • Expanding school-based mental health.
  • Offering integrated mental health services in primary care offices and clinics.
  • Providing a stipend to therapists to decrease the amount of time to earn their license.
  • Establishing a fully staffed pediatric psychiatric assessment team and space in Children's emergency department.
  • Partnering with inpatient and residential care providers.

Children's has already begun fundraising for the effort. Donors include Kohl's, the Rexnord Foundation and the Boldt Corporation.

Funds will also come from patient revenue, state and federal resources, contracts, partnerships and other investments by Children's.