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Join Mental Health of America Wisconsin's Board of Directors!

MHA is now recruiting 2-6 new members to join our Board of Directors. MHA is an affiliate of the nations’ largest and oldest community-based network dedicated to helping all Americans live mentally healthier lives (over 80 years). We represent a growing movement of Americans who promote mental wellness for the health and well-being of the nation – every day and in times of crisis.

You DO NOT need not have ANY experience in the mental health field. If you have an interest in leveraging your personal knowledge, experience and talent, join our team and assist in making Wisconsin a healthier, more vibrant and economically competitive state to live, work, play and raise a family.

MHA touches the lives of millions by:

  • Advocating for changes in policy
  • Educating the public and providing critical information &classes
  • Delivering urgently needed programs and services to youth & adults

We have identified a number of skills that we would like to incorporate into our Board of Directors as we grow.

Our particular needs are:

  • Personal Mental Health and/or Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse (AODA) experience
  • Fundraising and grant writing
  • Marketing (print, traditional and social media, branding)
  • General contracting/building
  • Cultural competence
  • Non-Profit Administration

Our highest commitments continue to be enthusiasm and deep commitment to mental health. The MHA Board is a working board that offers both top level governance and opportunities hands on experience. Board members are expected to participate in fundraising activities, serve on at least one committee, attend bi-monthly board meetings and to contribute on average 5-10 hours of MHA work per month. In return, you will be working with a great team to address economic, environmental, and social issues across Wisconsin and in your community.

If you are interested in joining the MHA Board of Directors and able to meet the expectations listed above, we strongly encourage you to send a letter of interest and resume to President and CEO, Martina Gollin- Graves at martina@mhawisconsin.org or Development Director, Jessica W. Ginster at jessica@mhawisconsin.org.

MHA of Wisconsin Wins Two National Awards

The national office of Mental Health America (MHA) will honor an impressive group of individuals, public officials, media outlets and innovative programs next month at its 2015 Annual National Conference: Intervention and Innovation Before Stage 4. Two of Mental Health America of Wisconsin's nominees have won major awards. We are very honored!

2015 Innovation in Programming Award

MHA’s Innovation in Programming Award, which recognizes the continuing innovation and creativity of the MHA affiliate network in program development and implementation, will go to MHA of Wisconsin and its innovative program Strong Families Healthy Homes (SFHH).

SFHH is a preventative and comprehensive visitation program that provides care for the whole family. This program is strength-based, family-driven and follows a recovery model of service and core belief that healthy family bonds create natural supports for sustaining wellness. The program is staffed by Master’s Level mental health professionals who have received orientation and training in the SFHH model and the MHA developed home-visit toolkit. The Family Advocate partners with the family, wraps intensive case management and recovery support services around the entire family and provides advocacy and support for all the systems the family is involved. Currently the SFHH model serves families an average of 24 months. SFHH is the only community program in Wisconsin that specifically targets parents with mental illness with integrated support, education, and individual advocacy services as they struggle to parent their children and hold their family together through a difficult illness.

2015 Legislator Award

MHA’s 2015 Legislator Award will go to two women who have shown incredible leadership on the local level in advocating for change in mental health services.One of them is our own Sandy Pasch

Former Wisconsin State Representative Sandy Pasch is a former Democratic member, representing District 10 from 2008 to 2015. Pasch served as State Assembly Assistant Minority Leader from 2013 to 2015. Prior to running elected office, Pasch worked for years on mental health issues, in volunteer capacities and as a Clinical Nurse Specialist, Assistant Professor at the Columbia College of Nursing, and a Community Health Nurse. During her time as a legislator, Sandy served on multiple committees with jurisdiction over mental health issues and was instrumental in the passage of the Wisconsin Parity Act.

Sandy will share this award with Beth Harwell, current Speaker of the House in the Tennessee House of Representatives. 

Thank you United Way Youth Volunteers!

MHA would like to thank our United Way Youth Volunteers for giving our childcare room a fresh coat of paint and sorting and organizing our storage areas and clothing donations! They were amazingly efficient and we appreciate the support. Thanks!