Wisconsin’s Office of Children's Mental Health Logic Model


Child and family services focused on social, emotional and mental health are often inaccessible and reactive. Services often lack coordination, outcome data, parent and youth input, cultural competence and a trauma-informed orientation.

Target Population

OCMH was created to serve state agencies, tribes, legislators and policy makers that serve children and families.


OCMH’s vision is that Wisconsin’s children are safe, nurtured and supported to achieve their optimal mental, social and emotional well-being.


OCMH’s mission is to innovate, integrate and improve Wisconsin's human service systems resulting in thriving children, youth and families.

Guiding Principles

  • Best and promising practices are available in the right place at the right time
  • Decision-making is grounded in science, information and evaluation
  • Family and youth lead system
  • Services are tailored to the child and family and respect the child and family’s unique cultural heritage
  • Services promote family and youth connections to natural supports
  • Stakeholder collaboration leads to efficiency, effectiveness and cost-reduction
  • Systems and services are trauma-informed
  • Systems share common goals and metrics


Gaps in Resources: 
  • Provider shortage
Gaps in Systems’ Knowledge: 
  • Limited awareness of the importance of including parent and youth with lived experience in policy and program development
  • TIC and ACE awareness are not integrated across all service systems and programs
Gaps in Data and Information Sharing: 
  • Disparity (racial, socio-economic) in existing outcome measures and no systematic, cross departmental strategy to reduce disparities  
  • Inconsistent county service reporting
  • Lack of integrated data system
  • Lack of outcomes across child and family serving systems


  • OCMH Staff (4)
  • Data and technology systems
  • Evidence-based practices/policy
  • Financial and community resources
  • Government agencies
  • Policy makers
  • Schools
  • Stakeholders (parents/youth with lived experience, county and regional partners, mental health provider groups, private sector/businesses, hospitals/pediatricians/medical providers, advocacy groups, higher education)



Parents and youth with lived experiences drive systems, policies and programs.  OCMH incorporates a public health approach to mental health that includes ACE awareness and the promotion of resilience.


Stakeholders collaborate to create a unified vision, coordinated services, aligned goals, shared metrics, and successful outcomes.


Services and supports are accessible and effective leading to children and families’ recovery and resilience.