Author Archives: Leah Harris

Thank You to the Oprah Winfrey Charitable Foundation

We would like to thank the Oprah Winfrey’s Charitable Foundation for their support in 2020.  They provided SaintA with a grant the beginning of the COVID19 pandemic that helped us deliver telehealth mental health services to 158 Milwaukeeans. The gift to SaintA to best support its clients was an extension of Ms. Winfrey’s ongoing relationship with the organization. In March of … Continue

Diverse Suppliers and Providers Network Creates Bridge for Families to Resources

When a family becomes involved with the child welfare system, it can be difficult for them to connect with the resources they need to thrive. SaintA’s Diverse Suppliers and Providers Network acts as a bridge between our families and community resources so they can overcome barriers to success, like the lack of insurance or inaccessibility to resources.  Vice President of Child and Family Well-being Dwayne Marks and Director of Child Welfare … Continue

Getting Ready for Fall in South Milwaukee Schools

The 2019-2020 school year wrapped up in the most unexpected way due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This fall, education will continue to look different and SaintA’s school-based therapists are adapting in order to provide students with the care they need – whether in-person, online or blended. Anxiety, depression, unresolved trauma, and now isolation, are hurdles children will need help navigating. … Continue

As Mental Health Needs Increase, SaintA is there for Students

The need for mental health care for students has increased steadily in recent years. According to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services mental health dashboard, the number of children who received ongoing, high-intensity mental health services in 2019 was 36 percent higher than just five years earlier. The number who received short-term situational care was up 14 percent over the … Continue

Connection over Perfection: Creating a Trauma Sensitive School in Beloit, WI

Students Seemed Happy Brice Gustafson has always worked hard to make his third-grade classroom a safe place where kids can learn. “My classroom always had a community circle, and the focus was always on the whole child,” says Gustafson. “Students seemed happy, and parent requests for my room were always heavy.” So, when Gustafson’s school principal emailed him about a … Continue

SaintA June/July Foster Parent Newsletter

(GrowHope.net) When it comes to providing care for foster kids in Wisconsin, our licensed parents are nothing short of exceptional. Here’s the June/July Newsletter recently sent to their in-boxes.

COVID-19 in the LGBTQ Community

The LGBTQ community has been hit hard by COVID19. The virus has spread rapidly over the past few months, and does not seem to discriminate against who can fall victim. However, certain groups are more vulnerable than others. At one point, here in Milwaukee, African Americans were hit hardest by COVID-19 while cases in Latino neighborhoods also skyrocketed. The intersections … Continue

Gift from Oprah Winfrey Charitable Foundation Creates Healing Bridge

The Oprah Winfrey Charitable Foundation has awarded SaintA a grant to provide telehealth mental health services to some Milwaukeeans hit hardest by COVID-19. The grant enables us to outfit 158 of our clients, who would not otherwise be able to access quality mental health care while Safer at Home, with devices and internet access for one year. “As we face … Continue

COVID-19 Series: Reward Systems

(Neurosequential Network) This video is an introduction to the reward neurobiology and how this relates to the use and misuse of alcohol and substances to provide regulation and reward. 

COVID-19 Series: Managing Transitions

(Neurosequential Network) As we begin to realize the impact of coronavirus, Dr.Perry helps us understand transitions as stressors. And more important, provides concrete strategies to help individuals and organizations. 

Former Foster Youth Have Shakier Foundation than Most

Perhaps some of the most crucial services we provide at SaintA are the ones created for former foster youth. We estimate that at least 1,000 Milwaukee youth have aged out of foster care in the past 5 years – most without the proper support systems to transition to adulthood under the best circumstances. A pandemic like the one caused by … Continue

COVID-19 Series: Decision Fatigue

(Neurosequential Network) Decision fatigue and analysis paralysis can impede the development of creative solutions during times of crisis. A few simple guidelines can improve decision-making and lead to more effective practice.  

COVID-19’s Devastation in Black Communities Began Long Ago  

The first three deaths from COVID-19 in Milwaukee county were middle aged black men. Since then, coronavirus has continued to damage black communities at disproportionate rates.  At the time of this writing, in Milwaukee county, black residents made up more than 43 percent of the people who tested positive for COVID-19 and 62 percent of deaths from the disease (WUWM.edu). The black population in Milwaukee county is 27 percent. Check the … Continue

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