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MHA Announces Project Director to lead Collaborative Effort to Improve
Youth Mental Health in Milwaukee County

The Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin Endowment (AHW) has funded a new initiative aimed at improving behavioral health across the state.  The Milwaukee Home, School, and Community Collaboration (MHSCC) is one of the 10 funded coalitions statewide that will spend the next year collaborating to develop effective plans to improve behavioral health in our community.

Mental Health America of WI (MHA) will serve as the fiscal agent and employ the Project Director, Leah Jepson, who will lead the Milwaukee Home, School, and Community Collaboration (MHSCC).  As Project Director, Leah will serve as the primary spokesperson for the project and have overall operational and management responsibility. 

For the past two years, Leah Jepson served as the Division Director of Family and School Services with SET Ministry, Inc.  but is well known in the community for her previous role, managing Project Launch a $5 million grant for the City of Milwaukee 2011-2014, focused on prevention and early intervention strategies to improve health and well-being of children 0-8 and their families. 

The MHSCC coalition, with representation from NAMI Greater Milwaukee, Children's Hospital of Wisconsin and 10 other organizations, will focus on youth mental health in Milwaukee County. One in seven children in the United States suffers from mental illness. However, the CDC reports that less than 20% of these children receives necessary treatment. MHSCC seeks to address this problem at the local level by developing coordinated and effective prevention and early intervention strategies throughout the County.  Impact Planning and Evaluation is serving as the Community Evaluator for the MHSCC project.

Mental Health America of Wisconsin (MHA) is an affiliate of the nation’s leading community-based non-profit dedicated to helping all Americans achieve wellness by living mentally healthier lives. For more information about MHA, please visit: www.mhawisconsin.org