A 12-bed crisis resource center opened Thursday on Milwaukee's north side aimed at reducing the number of psychiatric patients treated at the county's Behavioral Health Center. The facility at 2511 W. Vine St. will house patients who are in psychiatric crisis but are not in need of being restrained.
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A “Crisis Resource Center” is set to open on Milwaukee’s north side — with a goal of taking the stigma out of mental health issues. Thursday, August 30th was the open house for the fully-County-funded facility designed to serve adults with mental illness.read more »
The Milwaukee County Board, two years ago, passed a resolution to end homelessness here within a decade. The supervisors included funding. According to the U. S. Housing and Urban Development Department, about 2,500 people in the county have no place to sleep on any given night. WUWM’s Marti Mikkelson checked in on the progress of the county’s mission, amid estimates that 20 percent more people are homeless than in 2010.read more »
When Mary Neubauer sits down with her colleagues to talk about how to redesign Milwaukee County's mental health systems, she brings something to the conversation just as valuable as her master's degree in social work.
She can talk about how terrifying it was to be held down by leather restraints.
She remembers being treated like a problem, not a person.
She knows how it felt to be in so much pain that suicide seemed like the only reasonable way out.
"I've been there," she said softly on a recent day.read more »
Robyn Greif lay beneath the covers in an Oak Creek motel, the sounds of her small children around her, thinking for the first time in days: "We don't have to rush somewhere. We can feed our kids. We can shower today."
The family of seven had driven from South Carolina in search of work for Greif's husband, Sean, but had run out of money. They had spent three nights sleeping in their minivan because the area shelters were full.read more »
30 children's charities will split the nearly $1 million raised by Potawatomi Bingo Casino during their annual Miracle on Canal Street program that allows bingo players to pay $3 to play "Miracle Bingo." Half of that money goes into the pot for the winner, and half will benefit the children's charities. Comunity Advocates is one of the benefitting charities in 2011.read more »
There are two big questions everyone must answer before they go to an interview: what to wear, and what to say. One place can help job seekers answer both of those questions, and they not only give interview tips, but they give job seekers business clothes, for free!
FOX6 covers the Grand Opening of Community Advocates' newest program: The Bottomless Closet.read more »
Aiming to help some of Milwaukee's least fortunate folks, city leaders broke ground Thursday on a new facility that will help chronically homeless people get back on their feet. This is the only facility of its kind in the state of Wisconsin. Despite the wet weather outside, it was a sunny day for Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett and other city leaders breaking ground on the future home of the Autumn West Safe Haven.read more »