Evers, DHS announce $14.1M investment to grow mental health workforce

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MADISON, Wis. — Wisconsin will fund efforts to address the state’s shortage of mental healthcare providers.

Governor Tony Evers and the Wisconsin Department of Health Services announced a $14.1 million investment Wednesday, meant to address the shortage and support youth mental health services.

“Every Wisconsinite should have access to the quality, affordable healthcare they need when they need it,” Evers said. “These investments today build on the work we’ve been doing to expand mental health services in our state.”

$5 million will be given to Children’s Wisconsin to fund its pediatric mental health walk-in clinic and start a pediatric psychology residency program.

The remaining funds will be given to UW-Whitewater in order to expand its Qualified Treatment Trainee Grants Program, launch a pilot program to help associate degree students attain a bachelor’s degree, and develop a post-master’s certificate program focused on treating people dually diagnosed with both mental health and substance use disorders.

The investment is funded by the money the state received from the American Rescue Plan Act.