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...

Trauma – SBIRT

Adapted from Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) for substance misuse, Trauma SBIRT (T-SBIRT) is a brief protocol designed for healthcare and social service settings. Its purpose is to help service recipients generate insight into their trauma exposure and enhance their motivation to seek mental health or related services....

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...

Family Peace Center Model for Addressing Polyvictimization

Funded by the U.S. Department of Justice, this 3-year project aims to develop trauma-informed screening, service, and referral processes to address the needs of polyvictimized clients. Through this initiative, a polyvictimization screening tool will be developed and administered with clients that receive services from the Sojourner Family Peace Center....

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...

Healthy Workers, Healthy Wisconsin

Healthy Worker, Healthy Wisconsin is a five-year, Milwaukee-area initiative funded by the Wisconsin Partnership Project and facilitated by Community Advocates Public Policy Institute in partnership with the ICFW. This local job enhancement project aims to strengthen employment services by increasing client access to health and mental health care.

The...

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...

Project Connect: Adapting PCIT to Foster Care

July 2011 – June 2014

Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) is an empirically validated treatment for externalizing behavior problems in young children. Foster children are at an especially high risk of developing externalizing problems, difficulties that their foster parents are not often trained to manage effectively.

PCIT...