On the Right PATH

Thursday, June 26, 2014

On the Right PATH

United Way's PATH for Students provides school-based mental health therapy in the Fox Cities

Contributor: Nanci Micke, Vice President of Marketing and Communications at United Way Fox Cities

United Way Fox Cities empowers people to change the conditions in which they live. One of the ways that we do this is by supporting mental health service in our community. You can learn more about our efforts to improve access to mental health services by joining us for the United Way Experience Tour on July 14th from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. at Catalpa Health (Entrance #2, 444 North Westhill Blvd.). The tour will feature a panel of speakers including Greg Blume, Clinic Operations Manager at Catalpa Health, Becky Stelmacher, Manager of Wellness Programs and Clinics at Lutheran Social Services, Lois Mischler, Vice President at Family Services and Mary Wisnet, Community Development Program Officer at United Way Fox Cities. Sign-up for the United Way Experience Tour by sending an e-mail to our Resource Development team.

During the tour, the panel will discuss the different ways United Way Fox Cities is working to improve access to mental health services in the community including:

  • United Way's Providing Access to Healing for Students (PATH) is a school-based mental health therapy program that is now in 10 school districts. Hundreds of children who would not otherwise receive care have been helped.
  • United Way invests in mental health counseling programs throughout the community - making it possible for 5,700 people who are uninsured or under-insured to receive care.
  • We host the Mental Health Continuum of Care website to help residents of the Fox Cities and health care providers have a better understanding of the types of mental health services available to them.
  • United Way's 2-1-1 Call Center provides information and referral services to callers in need of mental health services.  In 2013, 2-1-1 had a 16% increase in callers needing mental health and substance abuse resources.
  • United Way serves as a catalyst for change. We work in partnership with many supporters and organizations in the greater Fox Cities on mental health issues such as N.E.W. Mental Health Connection.

Bring your questions to the panel to learn more!