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Milwaukee: More kids in crisis over mental health issues

Nov 16, 2017, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Shortage of mental health care providers hits crisis point just as more teens seek help https://www.jsonline.com/story/news/local/milwaukee/2017/11/16/more-youths-need-mental-health-tshortage-mental-health-professionals-crisis-point-particularly-youth/842964001/ By the time many teenagers sit down with Peg Rauschenberger, they are already dealing with serious mental illnesses and need carefully targeted medication and therapy. But the registered nurse may be the first professional they've ever seen. Rauschenberger works at Milwaukee County's youth detention center, where young people wait in lockup to find out whether they'll be going to prison or back home — often with referrals for mental health services. … Demand for mental health services is up, as USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin has explored in the Kids in Crisis series. Teachers report more kids struggling to cope with traumatic experiences while suicide rates rise. Families are becoming more comfortable seeking help. … The wait list to see a child psychiatrist stretches for months, Oerter said. Children's attempts to schedule a first appointment within three months of a family's' call, but that doesn't always happen. "We could probably double our workforce and still not meet the demand," Oerter said. Gov. Scott Walker recently announced that the state will be increasing Medicaid rates for behavioral health services, but exact numbers have not been released. …