How 3 Wisconsin groups are aiming to improve mental health with taxpayer dollars

How 3 Wisconsin groups are aiming to improve mental health with taxpayer dollars

Gov. Tony Evers, state health agency award $1M to reduce disparities in mental health care

As Democratic Gov. Tony Evers urges the Republican-controlled Legislature to allocate $500 million for mental health services, his administration is taking its own, smaller steps by awarding federal aid across the state.

Evers and the state health agency recently announced $1 million in federally funded grants for 10 Wisconsin organizations. Each is receiving $100,000 with the goal of reducing disparities in mental health care. The projects must be completed by the end of the year.

On Wisconsin Public Radio’s "Central Time," leaders from three of the organizations explained how they plan to put that money into action...

EOTO and Chrysalis

EOTO and Chrysalis, two Madison organizations, will partner to facilitate a diversity, equity and inclusion group for peer specialists. EOTO is an acronym for "Each One Teach One."

EOTO founder Tara Wilhelmi said peer support is a unique approach, because it requires lived experience with either mental health problems or substance use. Talking with peers opens up more opportunities for recovery, she said.

Wilhelmi said Black Americans face additional challenges due to having less access to therapists with similar cultural and racial identities.

"There is, within the Black community, a lot of undiagnosed mental health (problems) and stigma around receiving support," she said. "Peer support specialists, by bringing in lived experience, we do a lot to work against those stigmas."...


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