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MHA of Wisconsin Wins Two National Awards

The national office of Mental Health America (MHA) will honor an impressive group of individuals, public officials, media outlets and innovative programs next month at its 2015 Annual National Conference: Intervention and Innovation Before Stage 4. Two of Mental Health America of Wisconsin's nominees have won major awards. We are very honored!

2015 Innovation in Programming Award

MHA’s Innovation in Programming Award, which recognizes the continuing innovation and creativity of the MHA affiliate network in program development and implementation, will go to MHA of Wisconsin and its innovative program Strong Families Healthy Homes (SFHH).

SFHH is a preventative and comprehensive visitation program that provides care for the whole family. This program is strength-based, family-driven and follows a recovery model of service and core belief that healthy family bonds create natural supports for sustaining wellness. The program is staffed by Master’s Level mental health professionals who have received orientation and training in the SFHH model and the MHA developed home-visit toolkit. The Family Advocate partners with the family, wraps intensive case management and recovery support services around the entire family and provides advocacy and support for all the systems the family is involved. Currently the SFHH model serves families an average of 24 months. SFHH is the only community program in Wisconsin that specifically targets parents with mental illness with integrated support, education, and individual advocacy services as they struggle to parent their children and hold their family together through a difficult illness.

2015 Legislator Award

MHA’s 2015 Legislator Award will go to two women who have shown incredible leadership on the local level in advocating for change in mental health services.One of them is our own Sandy Pasch

Former Wisconsin State Representative Sandy Pasch is a former Democratic member, representing District 10 from 2008 to 2015. Pasch served as State Assembly Assistant Minority Leader from 2013 to 2015. Prior to running elected office, Pasch worked for years on mental health issues, in volunteer capacities and as a Clinical Nurse Specialist, Assistant Professor at the Columbia College of Nursing, and a Community Health Nurse. During her time as a legislator, Sandy served on multiple committees with jurisdiction over mental health issues and was instrumental in the passage of the Wisconsin Parity Act.

Sandy will share this award with Beth Harwell, current Speaker of the House in the Tennessee House of Representatives. 


Thank you United Way Youth Volunteers!

MHA would like to thank our United Way Youth Volunteers for giving our childcare room a fresh coat of paint and sorting and organizing our storage areas and clothing donations! They were amazingly efficient and we appreciate the support. Thanks!

     


2015-2016 Mental Health & Wellness Guide for Milwaukee County

The 2015-2016 edition of this popular publication is now available.

The guide contains listings of community mental health and substance abuse services; support and crisis lines; advocacy services; legal resources; youth and family services; a Spanish-speaking resources section; and more. The guide is a valuable resource for schools, law enforcement agencies, health care providers, community organizations and individuals.

If you would like to receive a copy, please send your name and complete mailing address to info@mhawisconsin.org . * Please note that only one copy can be mailed *

If you are interested in receiving multiple copies, they may be picked up at the MHA office at 600 W. Virginia St., Suite 502. Please contact us at (414) 276-3122 or info@mhawisconsin.org  to make arrangements for pick up.

 


MHA National has some good news to share today.  The launch interview for #B4Stage4 – the documentary being produced on our behalf by ITN of Great Britain and ABC Lincoln Square Productions – is now available for viewing!  You can see it here.

The launch interview is being used by ITN to build support for the work MHA is doing both locally and nationally; and for the production of the documentary.  The documentary #B4Stage4 will be aired exclusively for the first time at our information-packed (and fun-packed) annual conference in June, at a reception sponsored by ITN.  Conference registration will be open within days! Click here for more details about the MHA National Conference.

In the meantime, feel free to share this launch interview with friends and supporters, and anyone you want to hear more about the importance of our collective B4Stage4 messaging.


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