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2010 – 2011

  • JFS began “H.O.P.E. – Helping Offenders Process Emotions” to supplement and enhance group treatment that men receive after a domestic violence offense. However, JFS identified a gap in services created by the BadgerCare program – that mental health counseling was not a covered service for men, while it was for women and children. Additionally, many of these offenders also struggle with a mental health issue or have not been successful in group treatment. Our individual therapy approach, helps the men accept their mental illness and the relationship between their illness and their abuse behaviors. A grant from the Elizabeth Brinn Foundation provided seed money to remove the financial barrier for clients on BadgerCare or without insurance coverage.

  • Another new clinical program, P.E.A.C.E. (Processing Emotions and Communicating Effectively), will combine Parent Communication Coaching (PCC) with a therapeutic component and will allow clients to utilize insurance or a sliding-fee scale based on income.  P.E.A.C.E is approximately 6-10 sessions and will include a comprehensive assessment of each individual in addition to their co-parenting relationship.  The relationship between the parents and their child(ren) will also be assessed, with education and prevention, if necessary, being tailored to each unique family’s needs.  This program is most appropriate for parents entrenched in a high level of conflict that cannot be resolved using traditional parent coaching.  These parents are more likely to be successful in a co-parenting relationship once the therapeutic impasse has been addressed.
  • The Milwaukee LGBT Community Center approached Jewish Family Services to address the immediate need of access to quality mental health services for low-income, uninsured and underinsured LGBT people and their allies. Since last year, the Community Center has been providing referrals to the JFS clinic, and formalized the partnership with a successful proposal to the Johnson Family Foundation. This funding will be used to develop and implement a three year plan to establish and administer a fully-functioning, independent, licensed outpatient mental health clinic for LGBT people and allies in greater Milwaukee. At the end of the three year grant period, the culturally competent program will be widely recognized within the LGBT community as a safe and trusted community resource.
  • JFS collaborated with Movin’ Out to identify 10 one bedroom apartments in Glendale at which young adults with developmental disabilities can live independently and receive supportive services from JFS.

  • JFS received tax credits from the Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority to fund Bradley Crossing, a 66-unit apartment building which will be marketed to individuals with physical and development disabilities. Bradley Crossing will be a 60 unit apartment complex which promotes the independence and integration for those individuals requiring support services and other forms of assistance. It will be a community of inclusion, welcoming those individuals with developmental and other physical or behavioral disabilities who are eligible for long-term supportive services.

  • Exceptional Needs programming added “Supported Journeys”, a psycho-educational support group for families and friends of persons whose lives are challenged by severe and persistent mental illness. Participants receive support, encouragement, understanding and hope as well as resources to help maintain an optimal level of functioning for their loved one.

  • JFS received over $750,000 from the Milwaukee County Behavioral Health Division to support alcohol and drug prevention programming through Fighting Back. Through partnerships with PEARLS for Teen Girls, Diverse & Resilient, Inc., Boys & Girls Club and the Medical College of Wisconsin, youth in Milwaukee County will receive programming directed at reducing the use and abuse of drugs and alcohol.

  • Fighting Back, a program of Jewish Family Services, received the Community Partner Award from Rainbow Alliance for Youth/Diverse & Resilient in recognition of significant and outstanding dedication to the healthy development of the LGBT community.
  • The Older Adult division held 10 community educational programs which attracted more than 260 participants. Topics ranged from caregiver stress to how to age in style to end of life issues from a Jewish perspective. A new relationship with Congregation Beth Israel will create programming for their seniors and encourage wellness and understanding during the aging process.  These outreach efforts have resulted in a surge of requests for our LinkAges Care Management and Homecare services, which provide support and assistance to seniors, allowing them to age with dignity and respect.
  • Jewish Family Services and the Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center partnered with the national organization of Sharsheret, to offer breast cancer resources and support to the Jewish community. The mission of Sharsheret, which means link in Hebrew, is to offer a community of support to women diagnosed with breast cancer or at increased genetic risk, by fostering culturally-relevant individualized connections with networks of peers, health professionals, and related resources.

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