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Milwaukee County Looks to New York City as It Prepares for Lincoln Hills Closure

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by: Corrinne Hess - Wisconsin Public Radio

As Milwaukee County prepares to build a new secured residential care center for the youth offenders currently sent to Wisconsin's troubled youth prisons, Lincoln Hills and Copper Lake, officials are turning to New York City for inspiration...

Read Full Article [Published February 27, 2019]

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Case Study of NYC Program Proves 'No Need to Lock Up Kids for Public Safety'

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by: TCR Staff - The Crime Report

Juvenile arrests in New York City were slashed in half since the city stopped sending young people to youth detention facilities far from their homes, according to a study released Wednesday...

Read Full Article [Published February 27, 2019]

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Don't Go Too Fast: What a Report on New York's Juvenile Justice System Says for Wisconsin

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by: Patrick Marley - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

New York City dramatically reduced the number of teen offenders it incarcerated when it overhauled its juvenile justice system, but the process took longer than expected, according to a new report that could offer lessons to Wisconsin officials...

Read Full Article [Published February 26, 2019]

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What the Closing of Lincoln Hills Youth Prison Means to You and Milwaukee

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by: Allison Dikanovic - Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service

You may have heard that Lincoln Hills is closing, but what does that mean for Milwaukee youth and for our neighborhoods? Let’s break it down. Everything you need to know, all in one place...

Read Full Article [Published February 19, 2019]

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With Lincoln Hills Closure Delayed, Evers Planning to Add Staff at Troubled Prison

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by: Corri Hess - Wisconsin Public Radio

Gov. Tony Evers' budget proposal will include bonding to replace the state's troubled juvenile prisons Lincoln Hills and Copper Lake, but the facilities won’t close their doors by 2021 as originally expected...

Read Full Article [Published February 6, 2019]

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Leaders Criticize Evers' Suggestion to Delay Closing Lincoln Hills and Copper Lake Youth Prisons

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by: Allison Dikanovic - Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service

Local advocates pushing for youth justice reform in Wisconsin expressed opposition to Gov. Tony Evers’ suggestion that it may take up to two years longer to close youth prisons Lincoln Hills School for Boys and Copper Lake School for Girls...

Read Full Article [Published February 2, 2019]

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Concerns Remain Over Regional Facilities Expected to Replace Wisconsin's Two Juvenile Facilities

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by: LaToya Dennis - WUWM

New Gov. Tony Evers recently toured the troubled juvenile correctional facilities in northern Wisconsin — Lincoln Hills School for Boys and Copper Lake School for Girls. While the facilities are slated for closure in 2021, problems remain...

Read Full Article [Published February 1, 2019]

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  January 2019
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Jan. 28, 2019 Milwaukee County Plans Youth-secured Residential Center on City's Northwest Side Lauren Anderson Milwaukee County officials are planning to build a new secured residential center on Milwaukee’s northwest side to house non-serious juvenile offenders when the state’s juvenile correctional facilities Lincoln Hills and Copper Lake close in 2021... BizTimes Division of Youth & Family Services logo
Jan. 28, 2019 Milwaukee County Reveals Potential Locations for Youth Secure Residential Facility Allison Dikanovic Milwaukee County will open a new secure residential facility for youth on the far northwest side of the city in the Havenwoods neighborhood after Lincoln Hills and Copper Lake close in 2021... Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service Division of Youth & Family Services logo
Jan. 24, 2019 Milwaukee County Prepares for Closure of Lincoln Hills Corri Hess When Wisconsin's troubled youth prison, Lincoln Hills and Copper Lake, closes in 2021, the youth from Milwaukee County currently living at the facilities will be moved to a new secured residential care center closer to home... Wisconsin Public Radio Division of Youth & Family Services logo
Jan. 22, 2019 "Housing First" Program Utilizes Regional Cooperation to Improve Milwaukee's Homeless Situation Staff Following extensive regional cooperation to address the health, safety and housing needs of homeless individuals at outdoor encampments, Milwaukee County, the City of Milwaukee and the State of Wisconsin have made enormous progress in connecting individuals to permanent, supportive housing... Milwaukee Independent Housing Division logo
Jan. 21, 2019 'Shine A Light on Addiction Week' Brings Awareness to Substance Abuse in Milwaukee 'Real Milwaukee' Nzinga Khalid from Milwaukee County Health & Human Services stopped by the Real Milwaukee studios on Monday, Jan. 21 to discuss substance abuse awareness and prevention in Milwaukee County. "Shine A Light on Addiction Week" is Jan. 22 through Jan. 27, and Khalid was sporting red during her appearance to highlight HHS's "Light and Unite Red" campaign... Fox 6 News Behavioral Health Division logo
Jan. 21, 2019 Your Kids May Be Hiding Drug Paraphernalia in Plain Sight Melinda Davenport As part of National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week, the Milwaukee County Behavioral Health Division has kicked off a campaign called "Light and Unite Red." One aspect of the campaign helps parents identify drug use warning signs in their kids' bedrooms... WISN 12 News Behavioral Health Division logo
Jan. 11, 2019 Milwaukee County Opens New Corrections Facility, First in State to Use Therapy-based Treatment Model Lauren Winfrey Traditionally, young people who commit crimes are locked up and removed from their communities, but Milwaukee County is trying to change that with the opening of the Bakari Center... Today's TMJ4 News Division of Youth & Family Services logo
Jan. 9, 2019

Police Officers Work to Help Occupants of Homeless Encampments

Carly Wolf On a grey cloudy morning in Milwaukee, a bright pink Barbie tent stuck out among the sea of tents below the north end of the 6th Street Bridge. It was a newer addition to the tent encampment on North 6th and West Clybourn streets that has been occupied by a group of Milwaukee’s homeless... Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service Housing Division logo
Jan. 4, 2019

Milwaukee County's CORE Program Seeks to Empower Youth

Jack Kelly Milwaukee County is working to redesign its mental healthcare system and provide more community supports to those who need help... Wisconsin Health News Behavioral Health Division logo
  December 2018
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Dec. 18, 2018 Bakari Center Aims to Keep Justice-involved Youth Close to Home, Reduce Recidivism Allison Dikanovic Bakari is the Swahili word for “promising.” Those who have been working for more than a year to bring the Bakari Center to life hope the name proves to be appropriate for the new Milwaukee County residential treatment facility for youth... Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service Division of Youth & Family Services logo
Dec. 13, 2018

New Report Outlines Redesigned Milwaukee County Psychiatric Crisis Services

Lauren Anderson As the Milwaukee County Behavioral Health Division continues to move services off its aging, over-sized Wauwatosa campus and into community-based settings, a new report released Thursday outlines plans for a redesign of the county’s psychiatric crisis service system... BizTimes Behavioral Health Division logo
Dec. 13, 2018

Milwaukee Residents Voice Ideas for Housing Juvenile Offenders

Marti Mikkelson Several dozen people turned out Wednesday night to discuss how Milwaukee County will house juveniles once the troubled Lincoln Hills facility closes in two years... WUWM Division of Youth & Family Services logo
  October 2018
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Oct. 12, 2018

Early applications being accepted for energy assistance in Milwaukee County 

Staff An opportunity to learn more about Milwaukee County’s Energy Assistance Program took place on Saturday, Sept. 29... Fox 6 News Milwaukee County Energy Assistance logo
Oct. 12, 2018

How to apply for energy assistance in Wisconsin this winter

Justin Thompson-Gee Now that temperatures have cooled into the 30s everywhere, you can apply for energy assistance. To apply visit the Wisconsin Home Energy Assistance Program (WHEAP) website at homeenergyplus.wi.gov or call 866-432-8947... CBS58 News Milwaukee County Energy Assistance logo
  September 2018
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Sept. 25, 2018

Juvenile Justice Advocates Garner Community Input to Improve Outcomes for Youth Offenders

Allison Dikanovic Lunch tables at North Division High School were filled as about 60 people gathered to discuss opportunities for juvenile justice reform in light of state legislation that will close Wisconsin’s youth prisons. Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service Division of Youth & Family Services logo

 

DHHS Video Archive

DHHS Talks with Fairfield Neighborhood About Plans for Future of Youth Justice [video]

by: Milwaukee County Department of Health & Human Services

On February 20, Milwaukee County Department of Health and Human Services held a community conversation at Ma'Ruf Youth Center about a future secure care center for youth proposed for the north side of Milwaukee. Here's what happened...

See the Video on YouTube [Released February 20, 2019]

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DHHS Talks with Havenwoods Neighborhood About Plans for Future of Youth Justice [video]

by: Milwaukee County Department of Health & Human Services

On February 12, Milwaukee County Department of Health and Human Services held a community conversation at Direct Supply about a future secure care center for youth proposed for the north side of Milwaukee. Here's what happened...

See the Video on YouTube [Released February 12, 2019]

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DHHS Holds Community Conversation on Future Secure Care Center for Youth [video]

by: Milwaukee County Department of Health & Human Services

On January 24, Milwaukee County Department of Health and Human Services held a community conversation at St. Peter-Immanuel Church and School about a future secure care center for youth proposed for the north side of Milwaukee. Here's what happened...

See the Video on YouTube [Released January 29, 2019]

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DHHS Press Release Archive

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Milwaukee County Department of Health and Human Services Responded to Record Number of Furnace Calls During Polar Vortex

Press Release

The Milwaukee County DHHS Energy Assistance Program saw a record number of calls for help repairing or replacing furnaces during the extreme cold weather triggered by the polar vortex...

Read Full Article [Published February 7, 2019]

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Milwaukee County Department of Health and Human Services Keeps Homes Warm with Energy Assistance, Even with Winter Weather on the Way

Press Release

The Milwaukee County DHHS Energy Assistance Program, along with the Wisconsin Home Energy Assistance Program (WHEAP), encourages families who are having trouble with their energy bills to apply, so upcoming bills with severe winter weather outside don’t take too big a bite out of the monthly budget...

Read Full Article [Published January 18, 2019]

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Weatherization Day to Celebrate Home Efficiency, and Help Low-Income Families Stay Warm 

Press Release

The Milwaukee County DHHS Energy Assistance Program, in partnership with the Wisconsin Home Energy Plus program providers, is celebrating National Weatherization Day on Tuesday, October 30...

Read Full Article [published October 30, 2018]

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Energy Assistance Season Opener Set for September 29 With New Location, Celebration on Northwest Side 

Press Release

The Milwaukee County DHHS Energy Assistance Program, along with the Wisconsin Home Energy Assistance Program (WHEAP), is celebrating their move to a new, improved location on Brown Deer Road on Saturday, September 29...

Read Full Article [published September 27, 2018]

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