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Follow along as the Office of Children's Mental Health provides data and expert perspective on child well-being and system change!​


Children's Mental Health Topic of WPR Interview

Linda Hall, Director of the Office of Children’s Mental Health, discussed the importance of resiliency and life skills in Wisconsin’s children during a March interview on Wisconsin Public Radio.  The discussion also touched on efforts to address provider shortages, school-based care, and hospitalizations. ​The interview aired on March 11, 2020.  

Listen to the WPR interview: https://www.wpr.org/shows/how-wisconsin-hopes-improve-youth-mental-health


​2019 Annual Report

OCMH presented its 2019 annual report on the status of children’s mental health on February 4th to a packed room at the State Capitol.  Guests included First Lady Mrs. Evers, Department of Health Services Secretary Andrea Palm, and OCMH Lived Experience Leader Andrea Humphrey.   Linda Hall, OCHM Director, presented OCMH 2020 priorities, and Melissa Murphy, OCHM Research Analyst, presented highlights from the 2019 report.  OCMH also released its first 2020 fact sheet – Healthy Use of Screen Time.  View the full 2019 annual report, Child Well-Being Indicators Dashboard, Snapshot report, and fact sheet at children.wi.gov.
   
Read the WPR article on the February 4th event:  https://www.wpr.org/wisconsin-officials-more-youth-are-considering-suicide



Children's Mental Health Topic of WPR Interview

Wisconsin Public Radio’s (WPR) “The Morning Show” invited Linda Hall to discuss her new role as Director of the Office of Children’s Mental Health (OCMH).  She described how Wisconsin’s children are struggling with mental health challenges and OCMH’s vision that all children grow up feeling healthy, happy, and hopeful for the future.  The interview aired on August 26, 2019.  

As an introduction to the segment WPR host, John Munson, noted that the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction recently awarded more than $6 M in grants to support mental health in schools.  During the interview he asked listeners what gaps in children’s mental health they see in their community.  Three callers (a parent, teacher, and grandmother) described their connection to children needing mental health treatment and the need for more resources to be allocated to children’s mental health.  They also urged WPR to continue coverage of this issue.