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Green Bay Packers Foundation Awards $300,000 in Impact Grants to Milwaukee Organizations

Packers Foundation Award Ceremony

Press Release - Green Bay Packers

The Green Bay Packers Foundation has awarded $300,000 in impact grants to two Milwaukee organizations: Fellowship Open and Milwaukee Health Care Partnership...

Read the Article [Released July 23, 2019]

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Newly Completed Seven04Place Brings Much Needed Affordable Housing to Walker's Point Neighborhood

Rendering of new hospital

by: Milwaukee Independent

Developed by Impact Seven and Rule Enterprises, Seven04Place was built on an empty lot with a vacant warehouse that has been transformed into a vibrant, new community featuring one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartments, including 46 units of affordable housing for working individuals and families...

Read the Article [Published July 22, 2019]

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West Allis Approves $33M Behavioral Health Hospital

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by: Rich Kirchen - Milwaukee Business Journal

City of West Allis officials approved a privately run $33 million hospital that will contract with Milwaukee County for patients with acute mental health conditions...

Read the Article [Published July 18, 2019]

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With Potential Gap in Funding for Juvenile Detention Centers, Counties in 'Holding Pattern'

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by: Riley Vetterkind - WiscNews

Although it’s twice what lawmakers initially proposed, the $80 million set aside in the state’s two-year budget for counties to build new juvenile treatment centers may still not be enough to complete the juvenile justice overhaul state lawmakers had envisioned...

Read the Article [Published July 18, 2019]

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West Allis Behavioral Health Hospital Nets City Approval

Exterior shot of Charles W. Landis Mental Health Complex

by: Lauren Anderson - BizTimes Milwaukee

The West Allis Common Council approved this week Pennsylvania-based Universal Health Services’ plans to build a $33 million behavioral health hospital in West Allis...

Read the Article [Published July 18, 2019]

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'UPFRONT' Recap: Abele Wants to Set National Model for Youth Corrections

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by: UPFRONT - WISN 12 News

Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele said he hopes the county’s plan to renovate its existing juvenile center into a newer residential care center for young offenders will become "the new national model" for youth corrections...

See the Interview [Published July 18, 2019]

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Milwaukee County Proposes Multiple Local Facilities for Youths Held at Lincoln Hills

Vel R Phillips Youth & Family Justice Center entrance

by: Alison Dirr - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Milwaukee County is no longer proposing to build a single secure residential care center for some Milwaukee youths held at the troubled Lincoln Hills School for Boys and Copper Lake School for Girls north of Wausau...

See the Interview [Published July 2, 2019]

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Stingl: Homeless Advocate Thinks the Growing Tent City Downtown is the Wrong Way to Go

Advocate speaks with homeless person.

by: Jim Stingl - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

For six years, Faith Kohler interviewed the homeless in Milwaukee and the organizations that strive to help them...

Read the Article [Published June 28, 2019]

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Universal Health Services Plans $33 Million Hospital in West Allis

Rendering of new hospital

by: Lauren Anderson - BizTimes Milwaukee

Universal Health Services, a Pennsylvania-based private behavioral health hospital operator, plans to build a $33 million hospital in West Allis...

Read the Article [Published June 3, 2019]

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Universal Health Services Plans $33 Million Mental Health Hospital in West Allis

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by: Rich Kirchen - Milwaukee Business Journal

A major new competitor will enter metropolitan Milwaukee’s mental health and addiction-treatment market through a proposed $33 million hospital in West Allis that includes a contract with Milwaukee County for patients with acute mental health conditions...

Read the Article [Published June 3, 2019]

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Proposal Submitted for New West Allis Behavioral Health Hospital

Rendering of new hospital.

by: Staff - CBS58 News

Universal Health Services has submitted an offer to the City of West Allis Community Development Authority to buy land for a new behavioral health hospital...

Read the Article [Published June 3, 2019]

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New Behavioral Health Hospital Planned for West Allis

Rendering of new hospital

by: Staff - Wisconsin Health News

Pennsylvania-based Universal Health Services has submitted an offer to the City of West Allis to buy a site for its 120-bed behavioral health hospital... [subscription required]

Read the Article [Published June 3, 2019]

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  May 2019
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May 29, 2019

Homeless Cancer Patient Living in 'Tent City' Moves to Transitional Housing

Sophia Carlson

A homeless cancer patient who had been living under the Interstate 794 overpass is now in a transitional housing facility...

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May 24, 2019

Mental Health Through a New Perspective

 

Nyesha Stone

It’s finally becoming okay to admit that we might not be okay. Mental health is just like any other health issue. But now it’s looked at liked diabetes, which is treatable...

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May 22, 2019 Dispatches From the Schoolyard [Podcast] Code Switch podcast

In middle school and high school, we're figuring out how to fit in and realizing that there are things about ourselves that we can't change — whether or not we want to. This week, we're turning the mic over to student podcasters, who told us about the big issues shaping their nascent identities...

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May 20, 2019

How a New Youth Corrections Leadership Group Is Helping Milwaukee Close Youth Prisons

Michael Fitzgerald

After three years on the job, the Milwaukee County official who oversees juvenile justice finds his system at a crossroads. The Wisconsin state legislature passed a bill last March closing two youth prisons after a criminal probe and multiple lawsuits alleged abuse and neglect of youth, alarming lawmakers...

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May 7, 2019 DOC's Juvenile Grant Committee Hears Concerns About Youth Justice System Patrick Poblete

During a fractious meeting that spanned the better part of three-and-a-half hours, several counties that had previously submitted proposals to operate youth lockups expressed concerns about the viability of the projects to the Department of Correction’s Juvenile Grant Committee...

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May 6, 2019 'We Know we Can Do it Better': Milwaukee County Leaders Criticize State's Plan to Replace Lincoln Hills Allison Dikanovic

Representatives from Milwaukee County raised concerns with the state’s plan to close Lincoln Hills and Copper Lake youth prisons during a meeting Monday in Madison...

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May 6, 2019 Facilities to Replace Lincoln Hills Prison Expected to Cost Far More Than Original Estimates Patrick Marley

New secure facilities for teen offenders are expected to cost far more than legislators initially anticipated, complicating the state's efforts to close its long-troubled juvenile prison...

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May 3, 2019 Journey House, Cardinal Capital Celebrate Clarke Square Apartments Groundbreaking Lauren Anderson Cardinal Capital Management Inc. and Journey House celebrated on Friday the start of construction for a new $8.5 million affordable and supportive housing project in the Clarke Square Neighborhood on Milwaukee’s near south side... BizTimes Milwaukee Housing Division logo
  April 2019
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Apr. 15, 2019

Episode 33: Youth Justice in Milwaukee [podcast]

Bridge the City Podcast

This is the first episode of a two-part series on the future of youth justice in Milwaukee, and what the closure of Lincoln Hills and Copper Lake as youth correctional institutions might mean for Milwaukee in the coming years...

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Apr. 15, 2019 Milwaukee Lawmaker Lays Out Plan to Reduce Crime, Save Money Michelle Stocker

Like many Democratic lawmakers, state Rep. Evan Goyke, D-Milwaukee, thinks Wisconsin has too many people in prison. Last year, several Democratic candidates for governor said they wanted to chop the state's 23,000 plus population in half...

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Apr. 9, 2019 Youth Social Worker With Wraparound Milwaukee Hopes His Marathon Win Inspires Kids Staff

Thousands of people from across the country took part in the Milwaukee Marathon on Saturday. In the full marathon, the men's winner was Martin Erl of Milwaukee. He's a youth social worker and says winning was incredible, but he also wants the win to inspire the kids he helps...

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Apr. 7, 2019 What Paid Foster Parents Can Teach Us About Financial Support for Parents Patrick A. Coleman

Parenting is a 24/7 job. But it is rarely treated as such and almost never paid. Still, there is a major exception to that rule: Professional foster parents receive an annual salary, intensive support, and regular training to help raise children in dire need of a stable home...

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Apr. 6, 2019 Winners: A Social Worker, an Ultra-Marathoner and the Milwaukee Marathon Itself Lori Nickel

A Milwaukee youth social worker who wants to show kids that something great can be accomplished – with work and determination – was the first man to cross the finish line tape of Milwaukee Marathon...

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Apr. 1, 2019 Milwaukee County Unveils Plan for Lincoln Hills, Copper Lake Replacement Facility Allison Dikanovic Milwaukee County has submitted an official grant proposal to the state for its plan to open a secure center for youths, adhering to the initial timeline laid out in the bill that will close and replace Lincoln Hills and Copper Lake youth prisons... Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service Division of Youth & Family Services logo
  March 2019
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Mar. 29, 2019

Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele Requests $41 Million for New Juvenile Lockup Facility

Talis Shelbourne

Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele is proposing $41.14 million in state funding for a teen lockup to relocate Milwaukee juveniles currently at the Lincoln Hills and Copper Lake sites, according to the office's news release.

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Mar. 29, 2019 Milwaukee County Submits Proposal for Juvenile Offender Facility Tori Bokios

Milwaukee could eventually be home to two facilities for juvenile offenders after Lincoln Hills and Copper Lake youth prisons are closed...

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Mar. 29, 2019 County Seeking $41 Million From State for Youth Secure Residential Center Plan Lauren Anderson

Milwaukee County has submitted a $41 million proposal to the state for the construction of a new youth secure residential care center in Milwaukee and renovations at the Vel R. Phillips Juvenile Justice Center in Wauwatosa...

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Mar. 29, 2019 Milwaukee County Submits Proposal to State for Youth Prison Corrine Hess

Milwaukee County is asking the state for $41.4 million to construct a "Secure Residential Care Center for Children and Youth" that will house those currently living at Lincoln Hills School for Boys and Copper Lake School for Girls...

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Mar. 29, 2019 These Crisis Centers Can Save Lives. Why Does Milwaukee Only Have Two? Rory Linnane

Mary Neubauer washed all the windows on the ground floor of a former convent on the south side of Milwaukee. She volunteered to paint the trim, too...

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Mar. 28, 2019 Lawmakers to Introduce Bill Delaying Closure of Troubled Lincoln Hills Youth Prison by Six Months Molly Beck A group of lawmakers that championed a law closing the state's long-troubled youth prison is now proposing to delay the facility's closure to give county governments more time to build facilities to replace it... Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Division of Youth & Family Services logo
Mar. 19, 2019 After Sitting Vacant for 30 Years, a Former Hospital Is Reborn as a Resource Center for the Homeless Mark Doremus St. Anthony Place is part of an ambitious effort to house and care for Milwaukee’s homeless population... Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service Division of Youth & Family Services logo
Mar. 15, 2019 Sixty Units of New Housing for Milwaukee's Homeless Unveiled Today at the Former St. Anthony's Hospital Talis Shelbourne

Sixty units of supportive housing are now available to Milwaukee’s homeless population, thanks to the grand opening of the repurposed St. Anthony building downtown...

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Mar. 15, 2019 'End Chronic Homelessness:' Grand Opening Ceremony Held for St. Anthony Place Christina Van Zelst

Milwaukee reached a milestone on Friday, March 15 in the effort to combat homelessness. A grand opening ceremony was held Friday, March 15 for St. Anthony Place, the new permanent supportive housing development for Milwaukee’s homeless...

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Mar. 11, 2019 Milwaukee County Doctors Donate $100,000 to Help Homeless Staff

The Medical Society of Milwaukee County has donated $100,000 to help the county's homeless population. The organization presented a check to Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele Saturday night, at the Wisconsin Club..

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Mar. 5, 2019 ‘Scrap it, Start Fresh, and Think:’ What Milwaukee Can Learn From New York City on Housing Young Offenders Allison Dikanovic

Reports chronicled instances of abuse, excessive use of force and inadequate mental health care. Among them: the death of a 15-year-old boy who died after being pinned down by prison staff members...

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Mar. 5, 2019 Milwaukee Wants Its Juvenile Offenders Closer to Home, but Finding Alternatives to Lincoln Hills Proves Tough Mary Spicuzza

After years of revelations about inmate abuse at Wisconsin's youth prison, and the decision by state lawmakers to shut down the facility, there’s little disagreement about bringing Milwaukee’s youngest offenders closer to home...

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  February 2019
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Feb. 27, 2019 Milwaukee County Looks to New York City as it Prepares for Lincoln Hills Closure Corrine Hess 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... Wisconsin Public Radio Division of Youth & Family Services logo
Feb. 27, 2019 Case Study of NYC Program Proves 'No Need to Lock Up Kids for Public Safety' TCR Staff

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...

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Feb. 26, 2019 Don't Go Too Fast: What a Report on New York's Juvenile Justice System Says for Wisconsin Patrick Marley

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...

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Feb. 20, 2019 Foster Parents Have Become Professionals in Some States Teresa Wiltz Foster parents, tasked with the 24-7 care of often-traumatized children, show up for parent-teacher meetings, ferry their charges to doctor’s appointments, supervise homework and serve up cuddles. Many work closely with struggling biological parents in hopes of an eventual reunion... Pew Stateline News Behavioral Health Division logo
Feb. 19, 2019 What the Closing of Lincoln Hills Youth Prison Means to You and Milwaukee Allison Dikanovic 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... Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service Division of Youth & Family Services logo
Feb. 8, 2019 Milwaukee Police Cope With Third Officer Death in 8 Months Corri Hess The fatal shooting of Matthew Rittner Wednesday morning was the third time in eight months the Milwaukee Police Department lost an officer in the line of duty... Wisconsin Public Radio Behavioral Health Division logo
Feb. 6, 2019 With Lincoln Hills Closure Delayed, Evers Planning to Add Staff at Troubled Prison Corri Hess 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... Wisconsin Public Radio Division of Youth & Family Services logo
Feb. 2, 2019 Leaders Criticize Evers' Suggestion to Delay Closing Lincoln Hills and Copper Lake Youth Prisons Allison Dikanovic 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... Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service Division of Youth & Family Services logo
Feb. 1, 2019 Concerns Remain Over Regional Facilities Expected to Replace Wisconsin's Two Juvenile Facilities LaToya Dennis 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... WUWM Division of Youth & Family Services logo
  January 2019
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Jan. 30, 2019 Light & Unite Red Educates Young People About Substance Abuse Ana Martinez-Ortiz A few weeks ago, Mary Ousley, 15, decided to join Light & Unite Red, an annual campaign to reduce and prevent substance abuse started by Milwaukee County’s Behavioral Health Division. Her involvement was in part due to her mother, who used to smoke marijuana, but has now been clean for eight years... Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service Behavioral Health Division logo
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. 15, 2019 Mental Health Program at UCC Schools Servces Children at School, Home Analise Pruni A new pilot program at Bruce Guadalupe Community School and Acosta Middle School is addressing children’s mental health needs both at school and in the home... Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service Behavioral Health Division logo
Jan. 15, 2019 'We're Not Entitled:' Psychologist Urges Social Media Users to Take a Step Back From Jayme Closs Case Madeline Anderson The man accused of kidnapping Jayme Closs and killing her parents was moved to the Polk County Jail from Barron County, the sheriff announced Tuesday, Jan. 15.  A judge set $5 million cash bond Monday for Jake Patterson, as he made his initial appearance in court... Fox 6 News Behavioral Health Division logo
Jan. 14, 2019 Local Psychologist Offers Perspective on Closs Recovery Brittany Lewis A local psychologist says it's extraordinary how children who have been through traumatic events, like Jayme Closs has, can recover... CBS58 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

Wisconsin Youth & Family Services Administrator Mark Mertens [video]

by: Dominic Carter - Verizon FiOS TV, WABC-AM New York

Experts like Mark Mertens, the Wisconsin Youth and Family Services Adminstrators is one of the officials calling for a close to Youth Detention Center nationwide. Mertens attended the Youth Correctional Leaders for Justice Conference and spoke to Political Anchor Dominic Carter. The two-day conference was held at the Columbia University School of Social Work - April 10th, 2019...

See the Video on YouTube [Released April 10, 2019]

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DHHS Congratulates BHD Social Worker Martin Erl for Milwaukee Marathon Win [video]

by: Milwaukee County Department of Health & Human Services

On April 6, 2019, BHD Social Worker Martin Erl took first place in the 4th annual Milwaukee Marathon. Hear how Martin uses his marathon training to inform how he helps kids at Wraparound Milwaukee.

See the Video on YouTube [Released April 10, 2019]

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Milwaukee County Celebrates Opening of St. Anthony Place  [video]

by: Milwaukee County Department of Health & Human Services

On Friday, March 15, 2019, Milwaukee County joined Heartland Housing, Capuchin Community Services, Ascension Wisconsin, and others to open St. Anthony Place, a 60-unit apartment building focusing on providing permanent, supportive housing for the formerly homeless...

See the Video on YouTube [Released March 15, 2019]

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Columbia University Justice Lab Presents on NYC's Youth Justice Reforms  [video]

by: Milwaukee County Department of Health & Human Services

On February 27, 2019, the Columbia University Justice Lab presented on New York City's "Close to Home" program, which leaders from Milwaukee County DHHS are looking to as a guide for our own youth justice reform efforts, Project Rise. Here is the presentation and discussion...

See the Video on YouTube [Released February 27, 2019]

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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 Executive Chris Abele and the Milwaukee County DHHS Behavioral Health Division Recognize Mental Health Month

County Executive Chris Abele, DHHS Director Mary Jo Meyers, and BHD Administrator Mike Lappen

Press Release

Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele, the Behavioral Health Division of the Milwaukee County Department of Health & Human Services (DHHS) and community organizations today announced free events throughout May in recognition of Mental Health Month...

Read Full Release [Published May 2, 2019]

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Milwaukee County Provides More Than $2 Million in Support for St. Anthony Place, Opening Today to Support the Formerly Homeless

County Executive Chris Abele

Press Release

The historic, former St. Anthony’s Hospital, at 1004 N. 10th St., will soon have a new name and new purpose after more than three decades of sitting vacant...

Read Full Article [Published March 15, 2019]

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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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