The new Mental Health Emergency Center is a joint venture between Milwaukee County and the area’s four health systems: Advocate Aurora Health, Ascension Wisconsin, Children’s Wisconsin and Froedtert Health. Just one component in the broader array of mental health services in Milwaukee County, the center will serve as a national model for emergency crisis care that is patient-centered, recovery-oriented, and culturally informed.

About 1 in 5 individuals experience mental illness in their lifetime, and access to mental health resources has been identified as an important need in local community health assessments for many years. (NAMI)

Since 2010, significant input from consumers, community partners, advocates, and health care providers has helped shape the redesign of mental health services in Milwaukee County.

The new Mental Health Emergency Center is the next major milestone in our community’s journey toward holistic, decriminalized, de-stigmatized, and equitable mental health care.

Targeted to open in 2022, the emergency center will offer 24/7 crisis mental health assessment, stabilization, treatment, and transition care management for children, adolescents and adults.

Until the Mental Health Emergency Center is operational, Milwaukee County Behavioral Health Services will continue to provide emergency mental health care to patients at its Psychiatric Crisis Services (PCS) center in Wauwatosa.