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  • Addressing the Mental & Behavioral Crisis Facing Wisconsin Kids
    August 12, 2020
    9:00 am - 10:30 am

Across the nation, families are facing a mental health crisis that will affect one in five kids by the time they reach 18. In Wisconsin, kids are impacted even more significantly than in other areas, with our kids and teens hospitalized for a mental health condition at more than four times the national rate. In every corner of our state — every county, town and neighborhood — a family is struggling to help their child. Join us for an in-depth discussion on how Children’s Wisconsin is working to address this crisis during these unprecedented times, including how Children’s school-based resources are helping kids, families and school personnel across the state.


Amy Herbst, MSSW, APSW, Vice President, Mental & Behavioral Health, Children's Wisconsin

Margaret Altschaefl, PhD, Psychologist, Children's Wisconsin

Bios Below:

Amy Herbst is an industry expert with more than 25 years working with children, youth and families. She received her Bachelor's in Social Work from the University of WI-Whitewater and her Master's in Social Work from the University of WI-Madison.

Throughout her tenure with Children’s, Herbst has positioned Children’s as a leader in the child welfare and mental and behavioral health fields. At Children’s, she led the largest child welfare and foster care programs in the state, producing nationally recognized child permanence and placement stability outcomes. Ms. Herbst championed Children’s efforts to create a Child and Family Well-Being framework of care, situating Children’s as a thought leader in the field. Currently, Ms. Herbst leads Children’s enterprise-wide Mental and Behavioral Health strategy to address the mental and behavioral health needs of children and adolescents.

A calculated risk-taker with deep industry knowledge, Ms. Herbst is recognized for her passion, constructive dissatisfaction and entrepreneurial approach. She is visionary with an eye towards transformation. Herbst has built a reputation for sound business strategies, incubating new models of care, and building service lines that deliver superior results, and influencing policy. She has placed a special emphasis on addressing the mental health crisis our children and adolescents and their families are experiencing with a focus on health equity, parity, by giving voice to those we serve and promoting systems change.

Dr. Altschaefl is a licensed psychologist in the Milwaukee Child and Family Counseling Clinic.  Dr. Altschaefl has been a provider with Children’s Wisconsin since 2018 and previously worked as a school psychologist in a Milwaukee area school district.  Dr. Altschaefl provides psychological evaluation services to help families and other care providers to clarify diagnoses and to identify therapy goals and school recommendations.  She also provides therapy services to children and families, with particular focus on youth experiencing issues related to anxiety, depression, attention or school difficulties, and trauma.  Additionally, Dr. Altschaefl is part of the School-based Mental Health Program with Children’s Wisconsin, a role in which she provides consultation services to schools related to mental health.


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Due to COVID-19, this program will be online using Zoom. Amanda Buckley will provide more information on how to use Zoom and codes closer to the event date and as you register.