2023 - 2025 Wisconsin State Budget


"The state of mental health in Wisconsin is a quiet, burgeoning crisis that I believe will have catastrophic consequences for generations if we don’t treat it with the urgency it requires.

- Governor Tony Evers, January 24, 2023 ​

​Governor Evers has declared 2023 The Year of Mental Health and has included $500 million to expand access to mental and behavioral health children and adults in his 2023-25 state budget. Among the proposed provisions, OCMH identifies the following priorities as especially important to create access to, and sustain provision of, a full array of quality mental health treatment services that Wisconsin’s children need.

​Access to Mental Health Services and Treatment

  • ​Comprehensive School Mental Health Aid
  • School Mental Health Staff Reimbursement
  • Medicaid Behavioral Health Services Rate Increases
  • Coverage Requirement​

​Continuum of Care

  • Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facility Grant Program
  • Youth Crisis Stabilization Facilities Funding
  • Medicaid Certified Peer Specialists Expansion
  • Support for Child Care Setting Behavioral Issues
  • Wisconsin After 3 Program​

Youth Voice - Cross Agency Collaboration

  • ​Youth Wellness Network
​Advocating for these budget initiatives with legislators is the most immediate and effective action we can take to improve children’s
mental health in our state. Review OCMH's Budget Priority List​ and identify which issues you feel most passionate about. 

Action on the Children's Mental Health Budget Proposals

​​Contact the Joint Finance Committee to voice your support for mental health funding. Find a letter to copy and paste, and contact information for Joint Finance Committee Members here.

​​State Agency Budget Priorities

Department of Children and Families​​  ·  ​Department of Corrections​​  ·  Department of Health Services  ·  Department of Public Instruction​

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