Racine Elevates All Children’s Health (REACH) Study

Racine Elevates All Children’s Health (REACH) is an impact study of Family Connects, a postpartum nurse visiting program that is being implemented by the Central Racine County Health Department in partnership with Ascension All Saints Hospital. Extending promising results from an...

Trauma and Recovery Project (TARP)

The Trauma and Recovery Project (TARP) is a 5-year SAMHSA-funded initiative that aims to increase the availability and accessibility of trauma-responsive treatments for children and families in southeastern Wisconsin by: (a) fortifying and coordinating systems of care, (b) increasing the pool of clinicians trained in evidence-based practices, and...

Healthy Families Study

The Healthy Families Study is a randomized trial of two home visiting programs at the Milwaukee Health Department that serve low-income, pregnant women. One program implements Healthy Families America, an evidence-based curriculum, and the other is a briefer and less intensive nurse visiting program. The two program groups are compared to each other...

Change in Mind

Healthy brain development is the foundation for child well-being and community prosperity. Changing systems and implementing policies that are informed by brain science can support children, families, and communities. From 2015 to 2017, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin was one of 15 sites in the United States and Canada that participated in the...

Family Drug Treatment Court (FDTC)

This 5-year project focuses on Milwaukee County’s Family Drug Treatment Court (FDTC), which is a voluntary program that provides substance abuse treatment and family support services to parents or guardians whose substance use disorder is a safety concern that results in the removal of the children from their care.

With funding from SAMHSA...

Project Safe Neighborhood & Smart Reentry

Project Safe Neighborhood: Welcome Home (PSN) and Smart Reentry are innovative initiatives aimed at preventing recidivism among men returning to Milwaukee neighborhoods from state correctional facilities. The Wisconsin Department of Justice, in collaboration with other project partners, launched both projects in 2016. While PSN ended in spring 2019,...

Alternative Response (AR) in Wisconsin

Funded through the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families, Alternative Response (AR) or Differential Response is being implemented by 22 Wisconsin county child welfare agencies with the aim of serving families with low-to-moderate safety concerns without launching an official investigation of maltreatment. AR is a system reform that is intended...

Housing Opportunities Made to Enhance Stability (HOMES) Initiative

A stable, healthy, and affordable home provides a foundation for well-being and prosperity for children, families and communities. Stable housing can positively affect a broad spectrum of outcomes for children and families, including academic performance, physical, and mental health. Families that struggle to achieve or maintain housing stability...

Foundations for Adolescent Well-Being (FAWB)

Adolescents in foster care who have experienced maltreatment or chronic adversity face consequences that impact their life course, and are 25% more likely to experience delinquency, mental health problems, low academic achievement, teen pregnancy, and drug use.1 Children’s...

Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT)

The health and well-being of children, families, and communities are critical foundations for a prosperous future. Responsive relationships are a key component to the health, well-being, and resilience of children. Parent-Child relationships can inoculate children from the harmful effects of toxic levels of stress that negatively impact brain development....

Brighter Futures: Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Youth with good mental health develop skills and capacities that become the basis for strong communities. Toxic levels of stress and trauma negatively impact the architecture of a youth’s developing brain, which has lasting effects into adulthood. Youth in foster care face these challenges and many others, which contribute with significantly...