Mental Health

Health & Science
4:10 pm
Mon February 17, 2014

Mental Health Advocate Urges Caution on Changes to County Complex Oversight

Two bills aimed at reorganizing services at the Milwaukee County Mental Health complex are being considered by state legislators.
Credit Michelle Maternowski

Lake Effect's Mitch Teich interviews Barbara Beckert, director of the Milwaukee office of the group Disability Rights Wisconsin.

Lawmakers in Madison continue to push for passage of two bills that would make reforms to Milwaukee County’s embattled Mental Health Complex, even while some in the mental health community question the plans.

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Politics & Government
11:05 am
Wed February 12, 2014

County Exec Abele: Change In Mental Health Oversight "A Good Thing"

Chris Abele speaks with Lake Effect's Mitch Teich.

Some state lawmakers are pledging that action will still be taken this session to reform Milwaukee County's embattled mental health system.  

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Health & Science
4:36 pm
Thu October 10, 2013

After Son's Suicide, Milwaukee Mother Fights Depression's Stigma

Depression affects as almost 1 in 10 Americans at some point in their lives.
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Lake Effect's Stephanie Lecci interviews Dr. Jon Lehrmann of the Medical College of Wisconsin and Billie Kubly of the Charles E. Kubly Foundation.

Depression affects nearly one in ten Americans at some point in their lifetimes.

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Politics & Government
2:24 pm
Fri August 2, 2013

Walker Addresses Mass Shootings at Governors Meeting

Gov. Walker (at podium) addresses reporters at the opening news conference of the National Governors Association meeting this weekend in Milwaukee
Credit Erin Toner

Gov. Walker says if the U.S. hopes to prevent mass tragedies, it must treat mental health issues.

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Regional
8:19 am
Thu August 1, 2013

Counting Milwaukee's Homeless Residents

Clyde Cole (right) has taken part in the meal program at St. Ben's for eight years. Brother Dave Schwab (left) is director of the program.

While it’s often an invisible population, homeless advocates believe that on any given day, there are as many as 1,500 men, women and children looking for a place to sleep in Milwaukee.

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Health & Science
11:44 am
Wed June 5, 2013

Barriers to Mental Health Services Could Remain Despite Budgetary Help

Lake Effect's Amy Kiley interviews Walter Laux, the director of Behavioral Health Services for Community Advocates.

Wisconsin soon could see a big increase in funding for mental health services.

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Health & Science
10:00 am
Tue May 21, 2013

Temple Grandin Gives Readers Look Inside "The Autistic Brain"

Temple Grandin is an author, celebrated speaker, and doctor of animal science, and lives with autism.
Credit Rosalie Winard

Lake Effect's Mitch Teich interviews author Temple Grandin.

Temple Grandin's new book examines the progress made over decades to address the needs of autistic individuals.

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Veterans
3:24 pm
Wed May 2, 2012

Mental Health Clinic Provides Unique Treatment to Veterans' Families

Therapist Kathy Anderson chats with Claudia Stetz, the widow of a Vietnam War veteran.
Credit Erin Toner

Monday, we reported on a one-year-old clinic in West Allis treating a growing number of veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Some say they’re seeking outside therapy because they’re dissatisfied with their VA health care. This morning, WUWM’s Erin Toner revisits the clinic to report on another free service it provides – mental health services for the families of veterans. Family members don’t qualify for care at VA hospitals.

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Veterans
3:17 pm
Tue May 1, 2012

New Clinic Provides Mental Health Care to Veterans, Family Members

Therapist Kathy Anderson, left, and client Claudia Stetz, right, relax at Veteran Quest in West Allis.
Credit Erin Toner

An alarming number of suicides among American soldiers has/have been pressuring the VA to improve mental health services for veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. As a result, the U.S. Veterans Affairs Department plans to add nearly 2,000 employees to reduce wait times for appointments. In Milwaukee, a growing number of vets dissatisfied with the VA have been supplementing their government care with therapy at an outside clinic. As WUWM’s Erin Toner reports, it offers a less structured approach.

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Veterans
2:58 pm
Mon December 26, 2011

Erin Toner on NPR: VA Shortens Residential AODA Treatment

The Milwaukee VA is shortening its residential mental health treatment programs. Doctors there say the shortened stay from 90 to 45 days will mean more intense treatment and will make it easier for veterans to transition back into society sooner.

But as Erin Toner reported for NPR’s Morning Edition, some patients say getting clean and sober is just the first step in their recovery. They worry about being pushed out too soon.

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