Systems, policies, and programs are driven by parents and youth with lived experience. OCMH incorporates a public health approach that includes increasing awareness of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and promoting children, family and community resilience.

"If you can dream it, you can do it." - Walt Disney

The OCMH has big dreams. We plan to realize many of these through activities such as the following:

  • Support parent and youth collective impact partners leadership and participation.
  • Provide technical assistance to state agencies and other stakeholders committed to including parent and youth voice in policy and program development.
  • Assist the Department of Health Services in the development of certified parent peer specialists.
  • Initiate a public/private partnership designed to raise awareness of the impact of ACEs and to promote resilience in a select number of workplaces.

We believe that the Children's Mental Health Collective Impact work (see the tab "Integrate") will bring Wisconsin's innovation in children's mental health to heights beyond even our current imagination.