Mental Health Emergency Center Beam Signing
MENTAL HEALTH EMERGENCY CENTER BEAM SIGNING
A first look at the new Mental Health Emergency Center, the next major milestone in Milwaukee’s journey to equitable mental health care
Elected ofﬁcials, along with government, healthcare and community leaders, gathered for a beam signing event and ﬁrst look at the new Mental Health Emergency Center (MHEC), the next major milestone in Milwaukee’s journey to offer more accessible, patient-centered and equitable mental healthcare.
Mental health resources have been a top need identiﬁed in local community health assessments for many years. Since 2010, signiﬁcant input from area residents, patients, community partners, advocates, and healthcare providers have helped shape the re-design of mental health services in Milwaukee County. This is a momentous occasion that marked the next major milestone in the community’s evolution of providing mental and behavioral healthcare.
The new MHEC is a joint venture between Milwaukee County and the area’s four health systems: Advocate Aurora Health, Ascension Wisconsin, Children’s Wisconsin and Froedtert Health. The new mental health facility will receive $5.7 million in state funding and serve as a national model for emergency crisis care that is patient-centered, recovery-oriented, and culturally informed.
“This facility will play a critical role in strengthening our mental health care infrastructure by expanding access to treatment and providing a wide-range of options for people experiencing mental health crises to get the care they need,”
Governor Tony Evers
Targeted to open in early 2022, the 12,000 SF emergency center will offer 24/7 crisis mental health assessments, stabilization, treatments, and transition care management for children, adolescents, and adults. Additionally, there will be a separate treatment area for child and adolescent patients, as well as a separate entrance for those arriving via law enforcement.
READ MORE ABOUT THE MENTAL HEALTH EMERGENCY CENTER HERE
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