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Date: 2/7/2019 12:24:55 PM

MHA News - Winter Edition 2019


In this issue

A Word from the President/CEO

Milwaukee County Crisis Redesign Reports

Employer's Guide to NCPS Certification

Nurturing Parenting Facilitator Training

2019 Prevent Suicide WI Conference

Zero Suicide Call for Applications

Donations of Household Items

Online Screening Tools

MHA Welcomes Sa' Aire Salton


A Word from MHA's President/CEO

Fortunately, the government shutdown has ended, for now; but in its wake, it has affected people’s health care treatment as well as housing and income. While Medicaid and Medicare remained funded, the Indian Health Services were particularly strained. The urgent need for a working government is crucial – and with the Democrats in the majority in the House of Representatives and Republican leadership in the Senate, MHA sees this as a wide-open opportunity to help move bipartisan mental health legislation. Looking ahead, we want to work on legislation that will bolster peer support specialists, learning collaboratives, perinatal health, and payment reform. Also Senate health care-related committees announced their long-term agenda which includes oversight of two bills specifically designed to curb the opioid crisis and improve mental health services: the SUPPORT Act and the 21st Century Cures Act.

To keep up with Senate committee hearings, click here.
To follow health committee hearings in the House, click here.

Milwaukee County Crisis Redesign Reports

For the past several months, the Forum has partnered with the Massachusetts-based Human Services Research Institute to facilitate a project aimed at redesigning the psychiatric crisis service system in Milwaukee County. The project stemmed from the impending outsourcing of Milwaukee County Behavioral Health Division (BHD) inpatient services and the anticipated closure of the county’s Mental Health Complex, including BHD’s psychiatric emergency department. It was steered by an Advisory Committee. Click here to read the Crisis Redesign reports.

An Employer’s Guide to the National Certified Peer Specialist (NCPS) Certification

MHA’s NCPS certification identifies peer support specialists with an exceptional level of knowledge, skills, and experience. But what does this mean for employers? How can hiring NCPSs benefit your organization and improve the lives of the people you serve? Our Employer’s Guide is a great way to learn and share about the basics and benefits of the first national advanced peer specialist certification. MHA of Wisconsin is an office test site.

Nurturing Parenting Programs ® Facilitator Training & Seminar - April 2-4

The Strong Families Healthy Homes Program of MHA will be hosting a Nurturing Parenting Programs® Three-Day Facilitator Training and Seminar April 2-4. The Nurturing Parenting Programs are proven, evidence-based, family focused programs recognized by national and state agencies for their effectiveness in preventing and treating child abuse and neglect. The training will focus on understanding the philosophy of nurturing parenting, assessing high risk parenting beliefs and environments, creating competency based parenting lessons and programs tailored to meet the individual parenting needs of families, and implementing programs at the primary, secondary and tertiary levels of prevention. Download brochure >

2019 Prevent Suicide Wisconsin Conference


The 2019 PSW Pre-Conference Trainings have been announced: Assessing & Mananing Suicide Risk (AMSR): Core Competencies for Behavioral Health Professionals and Compassion Resilience (CR) Facilitation Team Training: A Toolkit for Schools and Health & Human Service Organizations. The keynote speaker for the conference will be Mark Meier, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with 24 years of clinical, professional, and academic experience on mental health issues. Mark co-founded the Face It Foundation to provide free peer support services to men who deal with depression, anxiety, substance use issues, and in many cases have attempted suicide. Registration will open in February at

Zero Suicide Training Call for Applications is Live

Mental Health America of Wisconsin (MHA) is inviting applications from eligible entities to participate in the WI Zero Suicide Training. The training will be held in Eau Claire on June 20-21. The Wisconsin training will walk participants through the seven elements of the Zero Suicide toolkit, providing background about the resources and rationale for each and descriptions about how different types of organizations have implemented these elements in Wisconsin and elsewhere. We ask for teams of at least four individuals from health/behavioral health care organizations to attend. A one-year learning community is included for training participants. Find more information about Zero Suicide in Wisconsin here. Download the Call for Applications here. Applications are due March 15.

Looking for Donations of Household Items

MHA has been partnering with Most Prized Possession prenatal care coordination agency, providing mental health consultation and professional development with the support of United Way’s Healthy Birth Outcomes grant funding. They are in the process of opening a new transitional living home for pregnant and recently postpartum women and their babies, and are looking for the following donations: stove, microwaves, washing machines, dryers, dressers, mirrors, twin mattresses, gently used baby items and other miscellaneous household items. Contact Karissa if you have items you wish to donate:

Online Mental Health Screening Tools

Taking a mental health screening is one of the quickest and easiest ways to determine whether you are experiencing symptoms of a mental health condition. Mental health conditions, such as depression or anxiety, are real, common and treatable. And recovery is possible. MHA offers ten online screening tools at


sa-aire-pic.jpgMHA Welcomes Sa' Aire Salton  

MHA welcomes Sa’ Aire Salton as the Director of Operations for the Strong Families Healthy Homes Program and the MHA-WI Wellness Clinic. Sa' Aire comes to us with an extensive resume and experience serving the community. She is a certified substance abuse counselor and a Ph.D. candidate. We are thrilled to have her join the MHA team!