About Collective Impact

​​​The Office of Children's Mental Health (OCMH) follows a collective impact model to accomplish its work to convene stakeholders around improving the children's mental health system and access to treatment.

Collective impact is the commitment of a group of people from different sectors that come together around a common agenda to solve a specific social problem, using a structured form of collaboration.  ​

There are five characteristics of collective impact:

  • Common Agenda – Keeps all parties moving towards the same goal
  • Common Progress Measures – Measures that get to the true outcome.
  • Mutually Reinforcing Activities – Each expertise is leverage as part of the overall.
  • Continuous Communications – Allows a culture of collaboration.
  • Backbone Organization – Takes on the role of managing collaboration.

OCMH serves as the backbone for our collective impact work. Our collective impact focus is Social Connectedness of Youth.​

 We have five collective impact teams:

Each Social Connectedness of Youth Team developed a strategic action plan to support their goals. We encourage organizations and individuals throughout the state to review these action plans and implement action items that align with your work. See the Action Plans​.

Each team is grounded in the OCMH collective impact Values and Vision:

  • Values
    • Collaborative across systems
    • Data driven
    • Family and youth guided
    • ​Promote inclusivity and equity among all stakeholders.
  • Vision – Wisconsin's children are safe, nurtured and supported to achieve their optimal mental health and well-being. Systems are family-friendly, easy to navigate, equitable, and inclusive of all people.

We welcome organizations and people working in areas connected to cultural identity, community, and children's mental health to join this effort for increased collaboration and coordination. For more information about the Children's Mental Health Collective Impact work, please contact us at OCMH@wisconsin.gov.