Governor Walker's Mental Health Reform Package
Program: Creation of the Office of Childrenís Mental Health
Governorís Proposal: The Governorís budget creates the Office
of Childrenís Mental Health to better coordinate federal,
state, and local services to children with mental health needs.
Status: The creation of the Office of Children's Mental Health
Services was approved as part of 2013 Act 20.
Implementation Date: January 2014
Function/Description: The Governor is focused on the healthy
growth and development of children, which includes childrenís mental
health. Too often children with mental health concerns are caught in a
complicated system of agencies and services, and in many cases children
needing mental health services go un-served or under-served. The Office
of Childrenís Mental Health will assure the coordination and integration
of services across state agencies:
- The office will facilitate communication with all state agencies
serving children, coordinate initiatives, and monitor program
performance focused on childrenís mental health.
- The office will support administrative efficiencies to allow for
a reduction in duplication of efforts among state organizations
devoted to childrenís programming.
- The office will improve access to appropriate services to
children, focusing on childrenís services provided not only by DHS,
but also the Department of Children and Families, Department of
Public Instruction, and the Department of Corrections, as well as
other organizations serving children in the State of Wisconsin.
- The office will be staffed by a Director appointed by the
Governor, and three liaison staff. It will report directly to the
Funding for the Office of Childrenís Mental Health in 2013-2015
Return to Mental Health Funding Proposals
Last Revised: July 30, 2013