Families and Youth as Leaders

Nothing About Us Without Us

The Wisconsin Office of Children’s Mental Health believes that true and lasting system improvement and transformation will occur when policies and programs are driven by parents and youth who have experienced the ins-and-outs of the current child and family-serving systems.  Through this "lived experience," parents and youth provide insight and direction to well-meaning policy makers and providers who have designed systems and programs from an often singular perspective of "professionals know best."  With the addition of these powerful voices, the child serving systems will become more effective, efficient, and engaging.