School-Based Mental Health

The School-Based Mental Health project strives to increase accessibility to mental health care for children in Wisconsin. By placing psychotherapists in schools, we reduce barriers to access to care and build on the undeniable connection between a well child and their ability to succeed in school. In this way not only are healthcare disparities reduced,...

Clinical Services Integration (CSI)

Children entering the child welfare system are more vulnerable due to the exposure to one, often multiple, adverse events prior to their placement in foster care. These adverse events can lead to decreased activity in areas of the brain affecting learning, memory, stress regulation and can result in life-long problems in learning, behavior, and physical...

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...

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...

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....

Smart Scale Up: Expanding Home Visiting with Fidelity

October 2013 – September 2017

This project evaluates Wisconsin’s Family Foundations Home Visiting (FFHV) Program, which coordinates home visiting programs across 15 counties and 4 tribal regions. The study examines whether Wisconsin’s evidence-based home visiting services are associated with expected client and program outcomes in...

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...