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Milwaukee County Department of Health and Human Services’ Behavioral Health Division (BHD) offers trauma-informed care for survivors of gun violence. Individuals in need of support are encouraged to call Milwaukee County’s 24-Hour Crisis Line at 414-257-7222. Clinicians will offer support and guidance and connect callers to available resources. People can also call 2-1-1 directly for assistance. IMPACT 2-1-1 provides a coordinated entry point for those in need. During times of personal crisis or community disaster, the free, confidential helpline and online resource directory make it easy for residents to get connected to information and assistance.
“Milwaukee County has resources available for residents that find it difficult to access local health care facilities or mental health services to treat psychological impacts of gun violence,” said Chris Abele, Milwaukee County Executive. “Our Mobile Crisis staff will come to you. Please know there is help available. I encourage everyone to seek help for themselves, friends and family members.”
Milwaukee County’s Behavioral Health staff is on-call to respond immediately to crisis situations, including the Trauma Response Team, Mobile Crisis Team, and the Crisis Assessment Response Team (CART). Crisis programs and services are built on countywide partnerships developed to improve emergency response to crisis situations. Collaboration is critical to provide the needed support to individuals. Milwaukee County DHHS Behavioral Health partners with organizations such as the City of Milwaukee Office of Violence Prevention, Salvation Army, Red Cross, and local law enforcement to ensure people’s needs are being addressed.
“Partnerships are critical to providing comprehensive support in a crisis situation,” said Mary Jo Meyers, Director, Department of Health and Human Services. “We are fortunate to have strong community partnerships. To fully meet the needs of those impacted by tragedy and trauma, we need to garner our collective strength.”
About the Milwaukee County Department of Health and Human Services
The mission of the Milwaukee County Department of Health and Human Services is to enhance the quality of life for individuals who need support living healthy, independent, and safe lives within our community. Our vision is to be recognized as the public model of excellence, leadership, and partnership in human services driving superior outcomes for our community.