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An accessible and responsive mental health system are vital services needed for a thriving community and functional workforce, but access to mental health services has been an issue for years in Racine.

This is why we have focused on this issue consistently on the Racine County Eye. We started seeing criminal complaints with officers noting access issues at Ascension. We heard about admissions policy changes and staffing cuts at Ascension-All Saints Hospital (formally known as Wheaton Franciscan), and learned about state violations.

And later in the year, the county announced that it plans to expand its mental health services.

We’ll continue to cover this issue in 2017. Our intention is to understand what Ascension’s commitment is to the community with regards to serving people who are having mental health issue. But we’re also looking understand how the County plans to pick up the slack. We want to also be a resource on this issue and we’re hoping to build some resource lists for the community to use.

If you or someone you know has any insight on this topic, we’d love to hear your ideas. We’re also open to having an expert blog about mental health issues. Interested? Contact us at

Denise Lockwood has an extensive background in traditional and non-traditional media. She has written for, the Milwaukee Business Journal, Milwaukee Magazine and the Kenosha News.