November 13, 2018
Jennifer Miller, 608-266-1683
Elizabeth Goodsitt, 608-266-1683

Fifteen Counties Awarded Mental Health Crisis Response Improvement Grants

Investment builds on Wisconsin's historic commitment to mental health services

Aided by grants from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS), 15 counties are improving how they respond to people experiencing a mental health crisis.

Each of the following counties has received a $20,000 grant to enhance mental health crisis intervention services.

  • Ashland
  • Brown
  • Dane
  • Dunn
  • Eau Claire
  • Human Service Center (Forest, Oneida, and Vilas)
  • Kenosha
  • La Crosse
  • Ozaukee
  • Racine
  • Rock
  • Washington
  • Waukesha
  • Winnebago
  • Wood

Each county’s project is designed to address local needs, including staff training, partnerships with law enforcement and schools, and new electronic systems to collect and share information on clients.

Funded by a portion of Wisconsin’s share of the annual federal Community Mental Health Services Block Grant, this grant program is a product of the DHS Learning Collaborative for Crisis Intervention and Emergency Detention. During a series of meetings held from February through June, a small group from DHS joined public and private behavioral health agencies and discussed strategies to support people experiencing a mental health crisis in the community rather than sending them to a psychiatric hospital. The DHS Toolkit for Improving Crisis Intervention and Emergency Detention Services, highlights these approaches.

The counties are expected to be complete their projects in six months. Counties that show improvement in the quality of local practices are eligible for a $5,000 bonus payment.

Under Governor Scott Walker, Wisconsin has made historic investments in mental health, totaling more than $500 million dollars, so people can get the care and treatment they need. This includes an expansion of Comprehensive Community Services (CCS), a program that supports individuals of all ages living with mental health and substance use concerns at the community level.