“Data should not be a hammer to beat people up, but a flashlight to light the way.”
–Dan Ryan, All Hands Raised
The Wisconsin Office of Children's Mental Health's 2014 report the to legislature was dedicated to data discovery and illuminated areas such as the prevalence of children's mental health issues, access to treatment, service outcomes, indicators of unmet needs, and indicators of system improvement. The OCMH viewed this initial step as essential in understanding the current "state of the state" for children's mental health. This type of data discovery will be regular work for the OCMH, leading to the publication every three years of shifts and trends in Wisconsin children's well-being.