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Provider and family resources
The American Academy of Pediatrics provides pediatric clinical support, national conferences, research findings, quality improvement opportunities, and advocacy through local, state, and federal channels.
The Autism Society of Southeastern Wisconsin supports individuals with autism spectrum disorders, families, and professionals by sharing information, providing networking opportunities, supporting research, and promoting awareness through training and education.
The Care4Kids program creates a "medical home" team for children in foster care, assuring that children receive individualized treatment plans in order to address their specific health care needs, including trauma related care.
Children's Wisconsin includes mental health resources, psychiatry and behavioral medicine programs, treatments and services, locations, and specialists.
- Points to consider when selecting a therapist
- Strategies for identifying and addressing mild to moderate childhood anxiety
Family Voices of Wisconsin focuses its work on healthcare and community supports in three areas: education and information, including trainings, fact sheets and newsletters, family leadership activities, including our advocacy for change, public policy, and systems change.
IMPACT 2-1-1 serves Southeastern Wisconsin with community resources that help restore the health and productivity of individuals, organizations, and workplaces leading to an improved quality of life for our entire community. Browse by service category, agency, or program name in their database to find resources in your community. You can also call for resources in the Milwaukee area by dialing 2-1-1.
The Pediatric Integrated Care Resource Center (PIC-RC) is designed to promote the integration of medical and behavioral/mental health services for children, adolescents, and their families by providing ready access to needed resources to interested professionals in different disciplines who are working in a variety of settings.
Mental Health America of Wisconsin provides advocacy, education, and service to improve mental health, and maintains a county-by-county database of resources.
A parent's guide to community resources in Milwaukee created by the Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS) Homeless Education Program.
Parent to Parent of Wisconsin provides parent support to parents of children with special needs through a one-to-one connection with another parent who has similar experiences and who knows firsthand about the feelings and realities that come with having a child with special needs.
Pathways to Positive Futures aims to improve the lives of youth and young adults with mental health conditions through research and effective training. Their work is guided by the perspectives of young people and their families, and based in a positive development framework.
The Wisconsin Statewide Medical Home Initiative provides information and trainings for developmental screening, behavioral health integration, family partnership, care coordination, and youth health transition.
Regional Centers for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs in Wisconsin has five Regional Centers dedicated to supporting families with children and youth with special health care needs and the providers who serve them. The Centers are staffed by specialists who can help get answers, find services, and connect families to community resources. Their services are free and private.
Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Program has distributed a list of local agencies that provide support to adolescents and their families struggling with suicidal crisis or emotional distress.
If you have issues connecting to your county crisis line, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 or call 911.
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is the agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation. SAMHSA's mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America's communities.
Triple P®: Positive Parenting Program is one of the most effective evidence-based parenting programs in the world, backed up by more than 30 years of ongoing research.
Children's Wisconsin supports the Triple P ®– Positive Parenting Program as it is now accessible throughout Milwaukee County and surrounding counties to offer parents practical advice; through small group discussions, in large seminars, and one-on-one advice. Some parenting topics include: The power of positive parenting; Raising confident, competent children; Raising resilient children; Hassle free shopping with children; Managing fighting and aggression; Developing good bedtime routines; and Dealing with disobedience. Programs are targeted for parents with children ages 0-12.
For more information or to fill out a referral for services, please visit: childrenswi.org/triplep.
Wisconsin Well Badger Resource Center (MCH and First Step)
Wisconsin Well Badger Resource Center (MCH and First Step) is a statewide public health Information and Referral (I&R) service and resource program offering a toll free phone line and website. The Well Badger website will include chat, text and mobile technology that will provide linkages to information and services for women, children and families, and families with children who have special health care needs and professionals. Wisconsin Well Badger is the central directory for all information and referral to services for the Maternal and Child Health (MCH) program, Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs (CYSHCN) program, Women, Infant and Children supplemental nutrition program (WIC), Health Check/Healthy Start and Medicaid Pregnancy Outreach program, and the Wisconsin Well Women Program (WWWP). The Well Badger Resource Center is staffed to provide information and referrals with a deliberate focus to engage high-risk populations and for those with special needs.
Call the toll-free number at 1-800-642-7837 OR visit the website to access these resources.
"In circumstances where a family is doubtful of recommendations or is wanting more information regarding a mental health problem, seeking the opinion of a psychiatrist through the CPCP can serve as a second opinion. The suggestions the CPCP providers offer can serve to both improve the plan for the patient and create more "buy-in" from the family regarding the plan."