Overview

The Wisconsin Office of Children's Mental Health

The Wisconsin Office of Children’s Mental Health (OCMH) has a unique charge. Instead of focusing on program development or providing direct services, the OCMH was created to enhance communication within and between state agencies serving children and families, coordinate initiatives, and monitor program performance.  Additionally, the OCMH is charged with identifying administrative efficiencies and improving access to services provided by the Department of Children and Families, Department of Corrections, Department of Health Services, the Department of Public Instruction, as well as county and community-based organizations serving Wisconsin’s children.  WI Statute 51.025.


"Please be good to me. 

The sea is so wide, and my boat is so small."

- Adapted from a Breton Fishermans Prayer


The Wisconsin Office of Children's Mental Health Annual Reports

For information about the status of children’s mental health in Wisconsin as well as the Wisconsin Office of Children’s Mental Health activities, please see the following reports: 

The Wisconsin Office of Children's Mental Health OCMH 2017 Annual Report to Legislature is the latest report, including the activities and meetings across Wisconsin that address children's social and emotional well-being. This report highlights important data about child and family serving systems.

The Wisconsin Office of Children’s Mental Health OCMH 2016 Annual Report to Legislature.pdf highlights the creation of the 48 indicators of child well-being, along with the activities of OCMH and the Children's Mental Health Collective Impact.

The Wisconsin Office of Children’s Mental Health OCMH 2015 Annual Report to Legislature.pdf highlights the OCMH’s 2015 activities.​

The Wisconsin Office of Children’s Mental Health OCMH 2014 Annual Report to Legislature.pdf outlines many of the challenges facing Wisconsin’s child-serving-systems, details the philosophy and approach for the OCMH, and lays the framework for the OCMH’s work moving forward. 

Wisconsin Child and Family Related State-led Committees, Councils, Workgroups and Meetings


Grants, legislation, and projects frequently require the creation of a coordinating body to oversee activities. The OCMH encourages state agencies and governing bodies to refer to the following list prior to initiating new child and family related committees with the goal of increasing collaboration with current efforts and reducing redundancy.