"The things we fear most in organizations—fluctuations, disturbances, imbalances—are the primary sources of creativity."
— Margaret J. Wheatley
In 2015, the CMHCI members created a list of state wide activities they believe would promote socially and emotionally healthy Wisconsin children and families. The list can be viewed here:
Children's Mental Health Collective Impact Recommendations.
Based on this list, the OCMH chairs four workgroups aimed at solving these recommendations:
Access to Supports and Services;
Infant Toddler Policy.
Throughout 2017, the Executive Council met bimonthly to review activities of the workgroups, brainstorming ways to move the work forward. Some workgroup challenges that were addressed include: increasing network connections; improving communication; allotting enough time and having enough data for root cause analysis; creating lasting systems’ change; integrating resilience and trauma-informed care into agencies’ policies and practices; and increasing parent and youth voice in policy and program development.
Additionally, the CMHCI promotes activities that support children across agencies, such as the following resources for families to obtain supports and services:
Wisconsin First Step - An online, searchable database to help parents of children with special health care needs find services.
2-1-1 Wisconsin - An expanded network for finding family supports in housing, food, health care and more.
For more information about the Children's Mental Health Collective Impact work, please contact Karen at 608-267-7792 or at
The Office of Children’s Mental Health (OCMH) serves as the “backbone” to the Children’s Mental Health Collective Impact (CMHCI). The CMHCI does not speak for the OCMH; nor does the OCMH speak for the CMHCI. The OCMH’s role is facilitate discussions, provide data and information, organize meeting logistics, maintain notes, and create summary documents.