For Families

Expanding school-based mental health is an upcoming and hopeful support system for children, families, and schools. The family voice plays a huge role in how the support can and will be successful. It is important for schools to involve parents and caregivers from the beginning of a concern, and parents/caregivers are the ones to make decisions regarding the use of mental health services. Fully partnering with families and students is central to ESBMH success. Support plans are family-driven, in recognition of parent expertise about their child, and youth-guided in recognition of the information youth can offer about themselves, once asked and included. Parents/caregivers are integral to the treatment process.  They are involved in the intake session, receive regular communication and provide feedback regarding satisfaction.  Below are links to various resources to assist families as they navigate school-based mental health systems.

Information & Assistance, Advocacy & Support

  • Wisconsin Family Ties (Wisconsin Family Ties Facebook Page)  WI Family Ties is a source for information & assistance, distributing Information on a variety of children’s mental health topics including disorders, treatment options, service programs, child and parent rights, and service systems. WI Family Ties offers education/training, advocacy and support.
  • NAMI Wisconsin (NAMI Wisconsin Website)  NAMI Wisconsin is the state affiliate of NAMI. The mission of NAMI Wisconsin is to improve the quality of life of people affected by mental illness and to promote recovery.
  • Disability Rights Wisconsin  (Disability Rights Wisconsin Website) Disability Rights helps people across Wisconsin gain access to services and opportunity through its advocacy and legal expertise. The organization regularly challenges systems and society to create positive change and improve the lives of people with disabilities.
  • 211 First Call for Help  (211 Wisconsin Website)   Search 211’s data base for relevant services, or dial 211 to reach a friendly voice 24/7.

Websites & Clearinghouses

  • The National Child Traumatic Stress Network  (Resources for Families)  The NCTSN network offers training, support, and resources to providers who work with children and families exposed to a wide range of traumatic experiences, including physical and sexual abuse; domestic, school, and community violence; natural disasters, terrorism, or military family challenges; and life-threatening injury and illness.

Resource Guides

  • NAMI: Navigating the Experience (Family & Consumer Resource Guide)  A guide for people living with mental illness and their families provides an overview of available resources and practical advice for difficult situations and relationships. Those interested can receive hard copies of this guide by completing an online application. The guide is also available electronically on this site.
  • The Connection NEW Mental Health  (My Connection Resource Guide) Resource network for Northeast Wisconsin.

Locating Services

  • SAMHSA (Mental Health Services Locator)  For information about mental health resources and services.
  • American Psychiatric Association (APA Website) District branches of the American Psychiatric Association for names of APA members in your area.
  • Mental Health America (MHA)  (MHA Website) Click here for links to local affiliates around the country and their resources for finding treatment.
  • American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP)  (AACAP Website)  Click here for general information for families and their Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist Finder.

Specific Concerns