Who We Are: Our Mission, Vision, and Guiding Principles

The Office of Children’s Mental Health (OCMH) was created in the 2013-2015 biennial budget to support Wisconsin’s children in achieving their optimal social and emotional well-being. We work to:

  • Improve children and families access to services, with a focus on resources provided by the Department of Health Services, Department of Children and Families, Department of Public Instruction, and Department of Corrections, in addition to other Wisconsin organizations;
  • Facilitate communication with all child- and family-serving state agencies, coordinate initiatives, and monitor program performance focused on children’s mental health; and
  • Support administrative efficiencies to reduce duplication among child- and family-serving state agencies.


Innovate, integrate and improve Wisconsin's child and family service systems resulting in thriving children, youth, and families.


Wisconsin’s children are safe, nurtured and supported to achieve their optimal mental, social, and emotional well-being.

Guiding Principles

Systems are family and youth led, collaborative in aligning goals and creating shared metrics, trauma informed, culturally sensitive, and grounded in best practice and science.