April 24, 2024

The State budget falls short of strong mental health provisions.

Six months to see a therapist, workforce shortages, astronomical counseling bills, sick people languishing in jail, younger children racing to the emergency department for suicide attempts, higher and higher rates of substance use disorder.

The surge in mental health needs spurred leaders across the state into action. Gov. Tony Evers declared 2023 the “Year of Mental Health” in February and proposed $500 million in mental health programs over the next two years.

In March, a roundtable of mental health stakeholders gathered from the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Wisconsin, Children’s Wisconsin, Sixteenth Street Community Health Centers and the Office of Children’s Mental Health, along with Rep. Paul Tittl, R-Manitowoc, chairman of the Committee on Mental Health.

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