Mental Health

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Mental health and substance abuse services logoOur Goals:

Goal 1: Increase understanding among Wisconsinites who are deaf, deaf-blind, or hard of hearing and their families /social supports about mental health and SUD and recovery.  This is essential to achieve appropriate service seeking, effective relationships with service professionals, and improved outcomes.

Goal 2: Increase understanding within MH and SUD systems to achieve communication competency and trustworthiness, provide materials to meet  health literacy, and provide effective mental health and substance abuse services which foster recovery and wellness planning to meet the needs of each individual who is deaf, deaf-blind or hard of hearing.

Goal 3: Expand access to communication and peer supports by identifying, coordinating, and developing sustainable resources and funding so that people of all ages who are deaf, deaf blind or hard of hearing receive mental health and SUD services that foster recovery to meet the needs of each individual and his or her families.

Goal 4: Develop long-term collaborative partnerships between people who are deaf, deaf-blind and hard of hearing, and representatives of the mental health and SUD systems and relevant others.  The purpose is to advance this plan and achieve mental health/ substance abuse prevention and services that foster recovery to meet the needs of individuals who are deaf, deaf-blind and hard of hearing and his or her families.

Goal 5: Collect meaningful, current data regarding prevalence, gaps/needs of services to address the mental and SUD health care needs of individuals who are deaf, deaf-blind and hard of hearing.

Vision for Wisconsin:

People of all ages who are Deaf, Hard of Hearing, and Deaf-Blind receive needed mental health and substance abuse services that result in recovery and optimal individual quality of life.

Project objective:

Develop a strategic plan defining state-level goals that lead to sustained, aligned and collaborative cross-system partnerships, leadership and action among people who are deaf, hard of hearing and deaf-blind and multiple partners in the mental health and alcohol and substance abuse systems.