The following list is supplied by RED2, a local Milwaukee initiative to promote emotional resilience for middle and high school students.

Mental Health Resource List for Milwaukee Area Families
Updated December, 2013

National Mental Health Organizations

http://www.nami.orgNational Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) – national mental health organization with local chapters.  Excellent resource for general information as well as local support and information. Institute of Mental Health. Website filled with information, research, resources and statistics on mental illness for both adults and children.

http://www.mha.orgMental Health America – national mental health organization with state chapters. Security Administration (SSA). Information about Social Security Disability Insurance. and Behavior Research Foundation general information about mental illnesses. and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA). Extensive listing of mental health resources and information websites.

http://findtreatment.samhsa.govSAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration). Mental health and substance abuse treatment locator.

“I’m Not Sick and I Don’t Need Help” by Dr. Xavier Amadore.  Book for family members and friends on how to support individuals with mental illness who are reluctant to seek help or are unwilling to acknowledge their illness.

Wisconsin Mental Health Organizations and Local Resources – Rogers InHealth focuses on community mental health education and stigma reduction. The website includes a library of video stories of hope and recovery from those impacted by mental illness. NAMI of Greater Milwaukee Health America Wisconsin Chapter Department of Human Services Community Mental Health Services and Youth Services  WI FACETS – provides training, education, resources and support for families of children and adults with disabilities. Family Ties. Enhancing lives by promoting children’s mental health.

Caregivers/Family Members information and resources for family members caring for a person with a brain disorder.

http://www.sharethecare.orgShare the Care. How to develop a network of friends and family to assist in caregiving to prevent caregiver burn out. Caregivers. Website devoted to those caring for a parent, spouse or child. Family Caregiver. Resources to support caregivers. –helping a family member or friend


Choosing a Clinician

This information is provided as a service to families and is based on feedback from a variety of sources including individual personal experiences. For this reason, we can neither endorse nor guarantee the accuracy of the information provided. You may find the below websites and sources helpful as you research the clinicians listed: 

How to Choose a Child/Adolescent Therapist

American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) Clinician Locator (database of all licensed, board certified child and adolescent psychiatrists):

 AACAP Family Resource Center:


AACAP “Where to Find Help for Your Child”:

AACAP Facts for Families (documents addressing a wide range of issues from depression to eating disorders, bullying, suicide, stepfamilies, television viewing, insurance, firearms, hospitalization and much more):


Clinicians – National listings Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) Find a Doctor database. of Human Services. Wisconsin directory of providers and treatment facilities for mental illness or substance abuse. Minds provider search. psychiatrist database from member recommendations. More focus on adult psychiatrists but may be helpful for leads and referrals to child and adolescent psychiatrists. Disorders Association of America database of therapists Balanced Mind Foundation clinician database.  Clinicians, camps, residential treatment centers and education resources for child and adolescents with mood disorders.\er-search.aspx  – database of providers who accept Medicare.

American Psychological Association
Public Education Line
1-800-964-2000       1-800-964-2000
Live operators available to help you 24/7 refer you to local APA board certified psychologists

American Psychiatric Association Answer Center

1-888-35-PSYCH   1-888-35-PSYCH (1-888-357-7924; 1-888-357-7924)
Live operators available 24/7 to refer you to local APA board certified psychiatrists


Clinicians – Local


Fran Arbetter, LCSW, CMFT
Very experienced with young children through teens, family therapy, mood disorders, play therapy.
Mequon Clinical Associates
1045 W Glen Oaks, Suite 1,
Mequon, WI 53092
(262) 241-7878

Cipriano, David PhD
Child and adolescent psychology, treats anxiety, depression, ADHD, Asperger’s syndrome, complicated grief.
Assistant Professor
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine
Medical College of Wisconsin
1155 N. Mayfair Rd., 3rd Floor
Milwaukee, WI 53226
(414) 955-8954

Clardie, Serena MSW
Works with adolescents, young adults, depressive and bipolar, anxiety disorders, loss and grief
Midwest Center for Human Services
Milwaukee, WI 53202

Cole, Kenneth PsyD
Mequon Clinical Associates
1045 W Glen Oaks, Suite 1,
Mequon, WI 53092
(262) 241-7878

Fidlin, Brian PsyD
Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin
9000 W. Wisconsin Ave.
Milwaukee, WI 53226

Goodman, Judy, MS
Works with adolescents
8989 N Port Washington Rd,
Bayside, WI 53217

Laurie Groh, MS LPC SAS
Shoreside Therapies, LLC
4530 Oakland Ave
Whitefish Bay, WI 53211

Gruenberg, Robert PsyD
8989 N Port Washington Rd.
Bayside, WI 53217

Helmrich, Julie PhD
Does crisis counseling with teens, adults, and families.
7212 W. Center St. Milwaukee, WI 53210

Malen, Carolee LCSW, ACSW
Works with Childhood loss and trauma, and attachment disorder.
8112 Bluemound Rd., Suite 106
Milwaukee, WI

Michael Mazius PhD.
Works with ADD, Underachievement Syndrome and other learning and behavioral problems.
North Shore Center
10303 N. Port Washington Rd. suite 203

Meyers, Alicia LPC, PsyD
7161 N. Port Washington Rd.
Milwaukee 53217

Nye, Stacey PhD, FAED
Works with eating disorders, depression, self-concept and women’s issues.
North Shore Center
10303 N. Port Washington Rd. suite 203

O’Brien, Jennifer LPC
Does counseling with adolescents, and specializes in female teenage development. Works with anxiety and OCD.
North Shore Center
10303 N. Port Washington Rd. suite 203

Pasch, Laurie LCSW, LMFT, DCSW.
Does individual and family psychotherapy and crisis intervention for children, adolescents, and young adults. She has expertise in loss bereavement.
North Shore Center
10303 N. Port Washington Rd. suite 203

Seydewitz, Carol, LPC, certified EMDR therapist
229 E. Wisconsin Ave  Suite 906
Milwaukee, WI 53202
(414) 419-0063

Stanley, Angela Psy D
Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin
Adolescent Medicine Clinic
9000 W Wisconsin Ave
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53226

Wells, Barbara
Adolescent therapist
3900 W. Brown Deer Rd. Suite 200
Brown Deer, WI 53209

Psychiatrists who work with adolescents

Brehm, Donna, MD
1035 W. Glen Oaks Lane, Suite 204
Mequon, WI 53092

Chayer, Robert P MD
Medical Director, Psychiatry, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin
Associate Professor, Medical College of Wisconsin
Member, Children’s Specialty Group
Clinic Location:
Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin
9000 W. Wisconsin Ave.
Milwaukee, WI 53226

Hale-Richlen, Barbara MD
2600 N. Mayfair Rd. Suite 850
Milwaukee, WI 53226
(414) 771-7700

Lehrman, Jon MD (Does not see patients but can help with resources).
Chairman of Psychiatry at the Medical College of Wisconsin
8701 Watertown Plank Road
Milwaukee, WI 53226

Longo, Lance, MD
Psychiatry, addiction, bipolar disorder, anxiety depression.
1020 N 12th St. Milwaukee, WI
414-219-5000 and 414-454-6753

Turcott, Carolyn MD
2600 N. Mayfair Suite 785
Milwaukee, WI  52226

Zetley, Linda MD
Associated Therapies
8989 N. Port Washington Rd. St.220
Milwaukee, WI 53217
(414) 352-3336

Education Resources of Wisconsin education page with links to listings of public and private schools, K – 12 as well as post secondary. Department of Public Instruction Mental Health clearinghouse of database provides accurate, reliable information about special education law, education law, and advocacy for children with disabilities.

Specific Disorders –Wisconsin and national organizations with information on mental illness and specific disorders.


  • ADHD:


  • Anxiety: Anxiety Disorders Association of America – Autism Society of Wisconsin – Autism Speaks


  • Bipolar Disorder: – Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance – The Balanced Mind Foundation provides support for families raising children, teens and young adults with mood disorders.  – support forums for people with BDD


  • Borderline Personality Disorder: – website dedicated to information and resources on borderline personality disorder – Report to Congress on Borderline Personality Disorder by SAMHSA.  May, 2011 – information and resources on therapeutic approaches to treating borderline personality disorder (DBT and mindfulness).


  • Depression: – DBSA – Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance – information about mood disorders (depression and bipolar) for caregivers of children, teens and young adults as well as a section specifically for teens and 20-somethings.


  • Disassociative Identity Disorder (formerly multiple personality disorder):

The Dissociative Identity Sourcebook by Deborah Bray Haddock 

A Fractured Mind, My Life With Multiple Personality Disorder by Robert B. Oxnam.


  • Eating Disorders:


  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) pages on OCD OCD Foundation


  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder/Military: – advocates and educates to enhance and expand community crisis intervention and support for military service individuals and their families.


  • Self Injury (Cutting)


  • Substance Abuse
    Alcoholics Anonymous (A.A.):
Alcoholics Anonymous is a voluntary, worldwide fellowship of men and women from all walks of life who meet together to attain and maintain sobriety.

The Al-Anon Family Groups are a fellowship of relatives and friends of alcoholics who share their experience, strength, and hope in order to solve their common problems.

Alateen is a fellowship of young Al-Anon members, usually teenagers, whose lives have been affected by someone else’s drinking.

Narcotics Anonymous (N.A.):
NA is a nonprofit fellowship or society of men and women for whom drugs had become a major problem. We meet regularly to help each other stay clean.

National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information:
SAMHSA’s National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information (NCADI) is the Nation’s one-stop resource for information about substance abuse prevention and addiction treatment.

National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD):
The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence fights the stigma and the disease of alcoholism and other drug addictions.

National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism:
The NIAAA supports and promotes the best science on alcohol and health for the benefit of all by increasing the understanding of normal and abnormal biological functions and behavior relating to alcohol use, improving the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of alcohol use disorders and enhancing quality health care.

National Institute on Drug Abuse:
NIDA’s mission is to lead the Nation in bringing the power of science to bear on drug abuse and addiction.

Cocaine Anonymous:
Cocaine Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from their addiction.

Codependents Anonymous
Co-Dependents Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women whose common purpose is to develop healthy relationships.

Dual Recovery Anonymous
12 Step recovery program for individuals with chemical dependency and affected by an emotional or psychiatric illness.

Insurance – information about the health care reform act. Includes state by state listing of federal and state coverage options, answers FAQ’s, provides information about choosing quality care. – provides one-stop access to U.S. government mental health and mental health problems information. This link addresses health insurance coverage for mental health conditions. – Katie Beckett waiver program is a special eligibility process that allows certain children with long-term disabilities, mental illness, or complex medical needs, living at home with their families, to obtain a Wisconsin Forward Health Medicaid card regardless of family income level. – Wisconsin Insurance Commissioner. Find information about health insurance, agents, coverage, individual plans and much more. File complaints, look up licensure, learn about laws affecting insurance and companies that provide coverage. – Fact sheet on mandated health insurance benefits in the state of Wisconsin.


LGBT (Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgendered) Trevor Project. Crisis and suicide prevention for LGBT youth.

www.nalgap.orgNational Association of Lesbian and Gay Addiction Professionals dedicated to the prevention and treatment of alcoholism, substance abuse, and other addictions. of Gay and Lesbian Psychiatrists provides resources and support for LGBT community on mental illness issues. – Web site created by and for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (GLBTQ) young people 13 to 24 years The Gay & Lesbian National Help Center

1-888 THE GLNH (888 843 4564)   Youth talkline: 1-800- 246–PRIDE (7743) Gay-Straight Alliance Network

Empowering youth activists to fight homophobia and transphobia in schools.  The National Coalition for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual &

Transgender Youth  Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network Founded in 1986, with over 10,000 graduates, PRIDE Institute is the nation’s first and leading provider of inpatient treatment programs and outpatient treatment programs devoted exclusively to treating the mental health and chemical dependency needs of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.


Legal/Advocacy – The Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law – Pro Bono attorney listing from Justice Denied Bar Association directory – Legal resources listing from NAMI United for Mental Health. Education and awareness about mental illnesses to reduce stigma and promote recovery.


Medication Assistance – collection of over 400 prescription patient assistance programs and free or low cost clinics


Medication Information – Stahl’s Essential Psychopharmacology Online

Treatment Facilities

http://www.natsap.orgNational Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs has a directory of therapeutic schools and programs for youth.

http://www.artausa.orgAmerican Residential Treatment Association lists treatment programs for adults with severe disorders and/or dual diagnosis (substance abuse).

Additional resources, as recommended by our readers.

Family Action Network Videos –!audio–video/c4am – Federal Trade Commission Consumer Information on Residential Treatment Centers for Teens.  Teen Health & Wellness

Dr. Sanjay Gupta on Heart Health  Youth Empowerment

“The ’82 Project” provides these resources solely as a service to our visitors and members.  We have not vetted any of them personally.  We are not endorsing any of these service providers, nor are we responsible for your interactions with them.


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