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SPECIAL REPORT: A Tale of Two Cities: New York Providers Credit 'Aftercare' for Helping Youths Transition Home

Young men gather at a community school in the Bronx for a weekly mentoring group as part of their “aftercare”

by: Allison Dikanovic - Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service

Although they already face obstacles, the real challenge for young people in New York’s youth justice system comes when they return home, those who work with them say...

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9/16

Milwaukee County Announces $4 Million Grant to Support Young Adults Experiencing Mental Health Diagnoses

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The Milwaukee County DHHS Behavioral Health Division’s Wraparound Milwaukee program was awarded a nearly $4 million grant by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services‘ Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) this week...

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9/12

SPECIAL REPORT: A Tale of Two Cities: New York Juvenile Justice Program Stresses 'Safety by Relationships'

Youths eat lunch with staff members at a big family-style kitchen table at a limited-secure Close to Home facility in Brooklyn, New York.

by: Allison Dikanovic - Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service

After waiting for their court date in a more traditional detention center, the young men around the table were placed in this Close to Home facility in Brooklyn operated by the nonprofit Rising Ground. It is one of the small facilities for six to 12 kids that replaced the state’s youth prisons, and it’s meant to resemble a homelike environment...

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9/11

Youth Corrections Proposal Sent to State

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by: Graham Kilmer - Urban Milwaukee

Milwaukee County hopes to fundamentally change the way it treats juvenile justice in the coming years, but it may be limited by the structure of state funding...

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9/11

Committee Approves Loans for Lead Laterals

Lead pipes

by: Isiah Holmes - UrbanMilwaukee

Milwaukee County Supervisor John Weishan, Jr. is pushing for the replacement of lead pipes connected to property owners’ water meters known as “laterals” with two new proposals, put forward during the Transportation, Public Works and Transit Committee meeting last Wednesday. “It’s about time the local government took action to address the lead crisis in our community,” he declared...

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9/10

'Affects Far Too Many Families:' Walk of Rememberance Held in Milwaukee on 'World Suicide Prevention Day'

Candlelight vigil for suicide prevention

by: Katie DeLong - Fox6 News

A “Walk of Remembrance” was held Tuesday evening, Sept. 10 at Milwaukee’s Veterans Park in recognition of “World Suicide Prevention Day.”...

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9/10

SPECIAL REPORT: A Tale of Two Cities: How New York and Milwaukee Approach Juvenile Justice

A limited-secure facility for “high-risk” youths in the justice system in Brooklyn, New York, blends in with the other apartments on the block.

by: Allison Dikanovic - Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service

The walk from a subway station in Brooklyn, New York, to a secure facility for kids in the criminal justice system takes all of five minutes. The route passes by a laundromat, a Chinese takeout restaurant, a bodega with fresh flowers on the sidewalk and a college preparatory high school...

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9/9

Milwaukee County Initiative Would Create Loan Program to Remove Lead Hazards From Foreclosed Homes

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by: Susan Bence - WUWM

There's been a lot of talk about Milwaukee efforts to shore up its childhood lead program and remove old lead pipes that feeds drinking water to tens of thousands of homes in the city...

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9/5

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What DHHS Has Accomplished for Our Community

2017 DHHS Annual Report

2017 DHHS Annual Report

In 2017, DHHS...

  • Cut 30-day readmissions to our inpatient behavioral health hospital by nearly half since 2010
  • Reduced overall homelessness by about 40%
  • Reduced admissions to our youth detention center by nearly 20%
  • Created more than $4 million in economic impact through our Disability Benefits Specialist program
  • Processed 67,000 applications for energy assistance, a program record

2016 DHHS Annual Report

2016 DHHS Annual Report

In 2016, DHHS...

  • Created trauma response teams (with MPD) to respond to youth who have witnessed violence or been exposed to trauma
  • Reduced chronic homelessness by 77% countywide
  • Reduced the number of youth sent to Lincoln Hills/Copper Lake prisons by almost 57%
  • Connected more than 40 young adults with disabilities with employment after leaving high school

2015 DHHS Annual Report

2015 DHHS Annual Report

In 2015, DHHS...

  • Launched our initiative to end chronic homelessness in Milwaukee County in three years
  • Reduced reliance on secure youth detention facilities by 25%
  • Launched an initiative to help youth with disabilities achieve employment when finishing high school
  • Created a community-based care system for those with long-term behavioral health needs

2014 DHHS Annual Report

2014 DHHS Annual Report

In 2014, DHHS...

  • Reduced emergency psychiatric admissions by 30%
  • Reduced youth justice referrals by police by more than 20%
  • Created crisis response teams for individuals with co-occurring intellectual/developmental disabilities
  • Created a harm-reduction housing model for individuals with alcohol and other drug abuse issues

2013 DHHS Annual Report

2013 DHHS Annual Report

In 2013, DHHS...

  • Reduced psychiatric inpatient admissions by 30%
  • Added 40 more scattered-site, supportive housing units including case management and peer support services
  • Graduated its first class of youth from the Milwaukee County Accountability Program
  • Facilitated nearly $1 million in assistance and value to adults and children with disabilities

2012 DHHS Annual Report

2012 DHHS Annual Report

In 2012, DHHS...

  • Launched a new electronic health records system
  • Redesigned Emergency Medical Services training
  • Eliminated a 500-person waiting list for children with disabilities
  • Started a youth justice reform initiative with the Annie E. Casey Foundation
  • Received the HUD "Turning the Ocean Liner Around" award for improving CDBG and HOME programs

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  Who do I contact for information on FoodShare, BadgerCare, Medicaid (T19), Caretaker Supplement or Wisconsin Shares (Child Care)?

Call (800) 291-2002. To determine if you may qualify for these programs, visit www.access.wisconsin.gov. If you need to speak to someone about your case, contact the Call Center (888) 947-6583. The verification fax number is (414) 438-4580.

  How do I report possible child abuse and/or neglect?

To report suspected child abuse or neglect, call (414) 220-7233. This number is available 24-hours a day. The State of Wisconsin administers the Child Welfare Program.

  What is the Mental Health Crisis Line?

To talk to a counselor regarding a critical mental health issue, call (414) 257-7222, 24-hours a day.

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