The Crisis Resource Center, a short-term treatment center for individuals experiencing a psychiatric crisis, has been named the recipient of the Good Grant Award from the Donors Forum of Wisconsin. The award is given annually to honor innovative grants and exemplary partnerships between grant makers and nonprofit organizations.
The center’s purpose is to stabilize clients and connect, or reconnect, them to a network of supportive services to aid recovery. It is operated by Transitional Living Services.
“The Crisis Resource Center is not only an effective collaboration among mental health providers,” said Arlene Happach, president of Transitional Living Services, “It also became a collaboration among funding organizations to develop a solution to an urgent need in our community.” The Crisis Resource Center opened in 2007 as the result of a wide collaboration among local nonprofits that provide mental health services, the Milwaukee Police Department and Milwaukee County. The center, located on Milwaukee’s south side, is designed to reduce the number of people who, during a mental health crisis, end up in jail, hospital emergency rooms or are subject to involuntary detention.
The Crisis Resource Center was launched with a $500,000 grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, which required a local match. Additional grantors for the project include: Helen Bader Foundation, Ceres Foundation of the Greater Milwaukee Foundation, Forest County Potawatomi Community Foundation, Greater Milwaukee Foundation, Erica P. John Fund, Charles Kubly Foundation, Faye McBeath Foundation, Medical College of Wisconsin Healthier Wisconsin Partnership Program, Jane Bradley Pettit Foundation and the Ziemann Foundation Youth Board.
The award, and a $5,000 grant sponsored by Rockwell Automation, will be presented to the Crisis Resource Center at the Donors Forum National Day of Service and Remembrance Luncheon on Friday, Sept. 11 at the Pfister Hotel in Milwaukee.