Hospital launches mental health initiative

Hospital launches mental health initiative


ADRIENNE: WELCOME BACK TO
“UPFRONT.” EXPERTS SAY
WISCONSIN’S KIDS FACE A MENTAL
AND BEHAVIORAL HEALTH CRISIS
THAT IS GROWING. CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL JUST CHANGED
THEIR NAME TO CHILDREN’S
WISCONSIN. THEY’RE LAUNCHING A BIG CAMPAIGN
TO RAISE MONEY FOR 7 SPECIFIC
YOUTH MENTIAL HEALTH
INITIATIVES. THOSE INITIATIVES WOULD INCLUDE
EARLY CHILDHOOD AND SCHOOL-BASED
MENTAL HEALTH PROGRAMS. CHILDREN’S SAYS IT NEEDS TO
WE ARE JOINED BY PEGGY TROICKI,
THE CEO OF CHILDREN’S WISCONSIN. THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME. PEGGY: THANK YOU FOR HAVING ME
ON YOUR SHOW. ADRIENNE: HOW DOES WISCONSIN
STACK UP TO BEHAVIORAL HEALTH? PEGGY: ACCESS TO CARE IS
CONSTRAINED IN OUR STATE, AND IT
TAKES MUCH LONGER TO RECEIVE THE
SURFACES — SERVICES YOU NEED IF
YOU START TO IDENTIFY A PROBLEM
IN YOUR CHILD THAT IS POTENTIALLY A BEHAVIORAL ISSUE. IT COULD TAKE ONE MONTH TO ONE
YEAR TO GET THE NECESSARY CARE,
WHICH LED TO UNRESOLVED MENTAL
HEALTH ISSUES, WHICH HAS ALSO
LED TO ONE OF THE HIGHEST TEEN
SUICIDE RATES IN THE COUNTRY. ADRIENNE: ONE YEAR IS A LONG
TIME. HOW DO YOU FIGHT THAT? THIS IS A BIG UNDERTAKING. PEGGY: WHAT WE ARE ALREADY DOING
AND WHAT OUR PLAN ENTAILS IS
EARLY IDENTIFICATION. WE KNOW YOU CAN START TO SEE
SIGNS OF POTENTIAL ISSUES AROUND
MENTAL BEHAVIOR AND HEALTH
AROUND INFANCY. WE HAVE AN INFANT MENTAL HEALTH
CLINIC AT CHILDREN’S. ONE OF THE REASONS — ONE OF THE
THINGS WE HAVE LOOKED FOR IS
PARTICULARLY AT THE INFANT
STAGES, PARENTAL ATTACHMENT. ALSO WHAT IS GOING ON IN THE
PARENT’S LIFE PRIOR TO THIS
CHILD BEING BORN. INTERGENERATIONAL TRAUMA,
UNRESOLVED EVENTS CAN LEAD TO
MENTAL BEHAVIORAL HEALTH ISSUES
THAT PASS ON GENERATIONALLY. WE START EARLY AND TRY TO
IDENTIFY THE EARLY SIGNS AND
SYMPTOMS AND GET QUALIFIED
INDIVIDUALS WHO CAN TRICK —
TREAT THE KIDS RIGHT THEN AND
THERE. AS EARLY AS INFANT AND
TWO-YEAR-OLDS, SO WE DO
SYSTEMWIDE DEVOTE — DEVELOP
MENTAL BEHAVIORAL SCREENING SO
THAT WE CAN HAVE QUALIFIED
THERAPISTS, PARTICULARLY AT THE PRIMARY CARE OFFICES AND
SCHOOLS, SO THAT THEN AND THERE
THE PARENTS CAN HAVE THE
CONVERSATION. MANY TIMES, THE MENTAL HEALTH
THERAPY IS ADEQUATE. THEY COULD DO COUNSELING,
TREATMENT, TEACHING FOR THE
PARENTS, ASSESSMENTS FOR THE
KID, AND WE ARE DEVELOPING THIS
PLAN AT IF THE KIDS REQUIRE A
HIGHER LEVEL OF CARE, WE ARE INTEGRATED ACROSS OUR COMMUNITY. IF YOU NEED I PSYCHOLOGIST,
PSYCHIATRIST, ETC., WE HAVE THAT
INTEGRATION THAT ALLOWS THEM THE
GATEWAY. ADRIENNE: AND THAT’S ONE OF
THESE INITIATIVES, THE
SCREENING. LET’S SAY A KID GOES IN FOR
SOMETHING UNRELATED, PEGGY: AND
WE FOUND THAT — UNRELATED. PEGGY: AND WE FOUND THAT IN OUR
EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT. WE HAVE BEEN DOING A SCREENING
ON CHILDREN 11 AND OLDER TO
DETERMINE IF THEY ARE SUICIDAL. WE’VE SEEN SEVERAL THAT CAME IN
FOR AN EAR INFECTION OR SOME
OTHER THING, AND THROUGH THE
SCREEN, WE HAVE IDENTIFIED KIDS
THAT ARE ACTIVELY SUICIDAL AND
HAD TO GET THEM IMMEDIATE CARE. IN OUR PARTNERSHIP WITH THE
MEDICAL COLLEGE OF WISCONSIN AND
OTHERS, WE ARE ABLE TO ACCESS
NEXT LEVEL CARE SO THE KIDS GET
THE IMMEDIATE NEXT STEP AND
PARENTS DON’T HAVE TO WAIT OR TRY TO FIGURE OUT THAT THEY WILL
DO NEXT. ADRIENNE: YOU HAVE SEVEN
INITIATIVES, BUT TELL ME BROADLY
WHAT IS THE GOAL HERE? PEGGY: THE GOAL HERE IS TO,
FIRST OF ALL, CREATE ACCESS. THAT IS ONE OF OUR BIGGEST
ISSUES. YOU GOTTA FIGURE IT OUT EARLY,
CREATE THE ACCESS, AND ONE OF
THE OTHER BIG HOLES, WE ARE
WORKING HARD TO REDUCE THE
STIGMA. THERE IS A LOT OF STIGMA AROUND
MENTAL BEHAVIOR AND HEALTH
ISSUES. IF YOUR CHILD HAS CANCER OR A
HARD PROBLEM, YOU WILL TELL YOUR
FAMILY AND FRIENDS AND GET THIS
OUTPOURING OF CARE AND SUPPORT. TODAY, IF YOU HAVE A MENTOR ROLE
— MENTAL BEHAVIORAL ISSUE, YOU
ARE LESS APT TO TALK ABOUT IT
BECAUSE IT IS BAD PARENT OR BAD
CHILD, AND THAT IS NOT THE CASE
AT ALL. THESE ARE CLINICAL REASONS WHY
THESE THINGS OCCUR, SOCIOLOGICAL
REASONS, AND THEY NEED HELP AND
SUPPORT. ADRIENNE: WHY SPECIFICALLY DO
YOU THINK KIDS AND WISCONSIN ARE
HAVING THIS CRISIS? PEGGY: WE DON’T KNOW EXACTLY
WHY. WE KNOW ACCESS TO EARLY
DETECTION AND CARE IS A DRIVER. WE ARE STUDYING OTHER IMPACTS,
OTHER WAYS IN WHICH WE CAN
DISCERN WHAT IS GOING ON. TODAY, WE THINK IT IS EARLY
ACTION AND ACCESS — DETECTION
AND ACCESS. ADRIENNE: THIS WILL COST $150
MILLION. HOW DO YOU PLAN TO GET THAT
MONEY? PEGGY: WE HAVE A BIG PLAN. BECAUSE WE WILL DOUBLE THE
NUMBER OF WORKFORCE THAT
CURRENTLY WE HAVE TODAY, WE HAVE
ABOUT 130 INDIVIDUALS, WE NEED
TO DOUBLE THAT NUMBER. THE WAY WE WILL LOOK AT IT,
FIRST OF ALL, WHAT COULD
INCREASE REVENUE BECAUSE WE WILL
SEE MORE KIDS? THE OTHER THING IS THAT WE ARE
ASKING OUR COMMUNITY TO STEP UP,
AND I CAN TELL YOU, THIS YEAR,
WHEN WE ROLLED OUT THE PLANS,
THE GENEROSITY OF THE COMMUNITY
HAS BEEN AMAZING. WE ALREADY HAVE GIFTS FROM
KOHL’S AND OTHERS WHO ARE
WILLING TO STEP OUT AND SUPPORT
THIS. WE NEED THAT. GOVERNMENT FUNDING, FEDERAL
FUNDING IS IMPORTANT IN THIS. SOME THINGS HAVE HAPPENED IN
WISCONSIN LIKE OUR CONSULTATION
LINE THAT THEY AGREED TO FUND,
WHERE A DOCTOR ANYWHERE IN THE
STATE CAN CALL INTO THIS
CONSULTATION LINE AND HAVE AN EXPERT FROM THE MEDICAL
UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN ON
IMMEDIATE HELP ON WHAT TO DO
WITH THE CHILDREN. THAT’S ACROSS THE STATE. ADRIENNE: SPEAKING OF ACROSS THE
STATE, THE MAJOR HOSPITAL THAT A
LOT OF US KNOW ABOUT, YOU ARE
ACROSS THE STATE SO THE EFFORT
WILL BE —
PEGGY: STATEWIDE. WE ARE IN 47 SCHOOLS AND WE
PROVIDE SERVICES IN 40
COMMUNITIES. A LOT OF THAT IS MENTOR —
MENTAL BEHAVIORAL HEALTH. ADRIENNE: THANK YOU. PEGGY: THANK YOU. ADRIENNE: COMING UP, MILWAUKEE
AND WISCONSIN FACING A BRAIN
DRAIN. WE’LL ASK A CITY LEADER ABOUT
HIS PROPOSED MILLENNIAL TASK
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