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.

Make your voice heard! Help us improve the Wisconsin mental health system by providing feedback about services and supports for your child and family through the PICS - an integrated care survey for families.



"Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much." - Helen Keller

In order to ensure family involvement in all aspects of operation, OCMH hired a Family Relations Coordinator who has personal experience navigating multiple systems of care for herself and her children. Her primary task is to ensure that families are meaningfully involved in every step of this work.

To this end, she and others are developing an infrastructure (e.g., recruitment, training and support) to ensure meaningful parent and youth involvement across all state-level activities related to the wellbeing of children and families.



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