People living with schizophrenia and bi-polar disorder, and those involved in the legal system due to mental illness and addiction, need help in their daily lives. Learn just how impactful Journey’s reach is in central Wisconsin and then ask yourself, “If not for Journey, then who?”

Gateway CSP, Forward Solutions CSP, and Columbia County CSP

Four decades ago, Journey helped to pioneer the “Madison Model” of community-based psychiatric care. In these programs, people with severe and persistent mental illness get wrap-around help from a team of dedicated professionals.

Gateway CSP, Forward Solutions CSP, and Columbia County CSP are three of Journey Mental Health Center’s four state certified community support programs. All Journey CSPs offer a full range of treatment, rehabilitation, and support services designed to help people live in the community with quality as they define it, while minimizing time spent in restrictive environments such as hospitals, nursing homes or jails. Gateway CSP has staff members who specialize in serving deaf clients, while Forward Solutions CSP offers staff members who specialize in care for seniors.

Contact Information

(608) 280-2720 Central Intake

Gateway CSP: 208 E. Olin Avenue, Ste. 205, Madison, WI, 53713

Forward Solutions CSP: 1320 Mendota Street, Ste. 120, Madison, WI 53714

Columbia County CSP: 322 DeWitt Street, Portage, WI 53901, Referral Form


Community Treatment Alternatives

Community Treatment Alternatives, or CTA, works with consumers involved in the criminal justice system. In addition to meeting the standard community support program admission guidelines, clients have been diverted from the Dane County Jail or have been conditionally released after being found “not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect.”

CTA was the first jail diversion program in the country to employ the principles of medication evaluation and monitoring; assistance in obtaining a source of income; finding housing; securing and maintaining competitive employment; counseling for alcohol and other drug abuse; and assistance following through with any court-ordered requirements. CTA staff members also help consumers with daily living activities, such as grocery shopping, cleaning apartments, and transportation needs.


Contact Information


CTA: 2000 Fordem Avenue, Madison, WI 53704

Survivors of Suicide Services, or S.O.S., provides support to people who have been affected by a suicide. An S.O.S. support group meets the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at Journey.  Each adult group is facilitated by a suicide survivor/volunteer and a mental health professional.

Other services include a SOS-quarterly community newsletter (click to download), a resource library, and periodic conferences and forums. Download our brochure, “Help After Suicide.”

Sign Up For 19th Annual International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day Local Event

The 19th Annual International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day event locally is set for Saturday, Nov. 18, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at Journey Mental Health Center, 25 Kessel Court, Training Room, Lower Level.

It is a day of remembrance and healing for those who have lost someone to suicide and those who care about them. It is an opportunity for the survivor community to come together for support, information and empowerment. Family, friends, professional and non-professional caregivers are encouraged to attend. Our local morning conference will include viewing of this year’s new film documentary, “The Journey: A Story of Healing & Hope,” produced by AFSP.

Click here for a registration form.

Eligibility Criteria

S.O.S. services are available to any Dane County resident affected by a suicide death, regardless of insurance coverage or ability to pay.

Contact Information

Confidential S.O.S. voicemail: 608-280-2435
24-Hour Suicide Prevention Hotline: 608-280-2600

Serving residents in Dane, Columbia, Dodge, and Sauk Counties

PROPs, short for Promoting Recovery From Onset of Psychosis, is a Coordinated Specialty Care recovery-oriented, evidenced based program for teens and young adults, ages 15-25, who have experienced their first episode psychosis (FEP).

PROPs teams use the Shared Decision Making Model where consumers and staff work together to develop a plan of care. Your tailored treatment plan is centered on your goals, dreams and ambitions.

Our Services

PROPs staff members provide:

  • Assessment
  • Medication to help reduce psychotic symptoms
  • Individual and group psychotherapy
  • Case management
  • Educational and vocational rehabilitation
  • Peer support services
  • Family education and support


  • Must be between the ages of 15-25 at the time of referral.
  • Must reside in Dane, Columbia, Dodge, or Sauk County.
  • Clients living in Columbia, Dodge or Sauk County must be enrolled in Comprehensive Community Services (CCS) upon admission.
  • Must have experienced psychotic symptoms for longer than one week but less than three years.
  • Must be experiencing psychosis that is not related to a medical condition, nor induced by drugs or alcohol.

Contact Information/Referrals

Dane County Residents

Call 608-280-3140
1320 Mendota St., Suite 106
Madison, WI 53714

Columbia, Dodge, and Sauk County Residents

Call 608-513-8409
1800 Kutzke Road, Ste. 105
Portage, WI 53901

PROPS Referral Form

“By including me in this community where all have worth and lives have promise, Yahara House saved me from an empty existence and made my life one of honor to me, my neighbors and my family.” – E.E., a YH member

Yahara House offers adults with mental illness a path to recovery through relationships and meaningful work. It is built on the International Clubhouse Model that guarantees:

  • A place to belong
  • Meaningful relationships
  • Meaningful work
  • A place to return

Member Benefits

  • A work-ordered day
  • Job assessment, counseling, placement and coaching
  • Transitional employment program
  • Member-facilitated self-help groups
  • Cultural celebrations and recreation groups
  • One-on-one support counseling
  • Psychiatry and onsite medication management
  • Money management and benefits counseling

Eligibility Criteria

  • Adults with a diagnosis of severe and persistent mental illness
  • Social Security Supplement/Medicaid (SSI/MA) or Medicaid Purchase Plan (MAPP)

Yahara House Video Tour

Watch this video to learn more about Yahara House!

Contact Information

Call 608-280-4700

Visit Yahara House Website

In Hmong, the word “Kajsiab” (Ga shee’ah) means the relief of stress and tension and the freedom from worrying about the safety of loved ones.

Kajsiab House was founded in 2000 by the Hmong Community, as a place where Hmong elders and their families can be safe, and receive help and treatment for mental health issues.

Who Are The Participants?

Of the 5,000 Hmong Americans living in Dane County, over 300 are war veterans or widows of veterans.  A high percentage of elders live with severe health problems, such as depression, post- traumatic stress disorder, and chronic pain that were caused by their war and refugee experiences.

Program Services

  • Psychological, psychiatric, and alternative medicine services
  • Cultural brokering and case management
  • Hmong Sisters Group
  • Social and recreational activities
  • Meal program
  • English and citizenship classes


“When Hmong elders come to Kajsiab House, their spirits are lifted. Kajsiab is the eye, ear and voice for many Hmong elders in America.”

Contact Information

(608) 280-4760
3518 Memorial Drive, Bld. #4 Madison, WI 53704


Since 1994, the Family Preservation Program has helped to keep families together and to keep children out of foster care. FPP provides intensive, in-home services for families with children between the ages of 0 and 12 who are at very high risk of out of home placement.

Families are seen daily for the first 14 days of the eight-week program. Staff are available on-call 24 hours a day.


Referrals come through Dane County Human Services. Because the Family Preservation Program is for crisis stabilization and safety, there is no waiting list. Interpreters are available in Spanish, Hmong and American Sign Language.

Contact Information

Call  608-280-2520

GROW is a Journey Mental Health Center program that offers mental health and substance use disorder services throughout a consumer’s lifespan,  including a wide range of case management and therapies helping consumers to navigate the complex behavioral health system and increase their independence. GROW is a Comprehensive Community Services (CCS) Medicaid-funded program.


Only some people are eligible for GROW and CCS. Please call to learn more.

Contact Information

Call 608-280-2720

CBITS is a school-based, group and individual intervention for sixth-graders. It is designed to reduce symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and depression, and to improve functioning, grades and attendance and coping skills.

The CBITS program includes screening for depression and trauma symptoms using standardized measures. From this screening of past trauma and current post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms, some children are assigned to a 10-week group.

Follow-up measures are monitored to measure the symptom reduction in students. Since it’s launch in 2004, CBITS has shown to greatly reduce post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms for children in area schools. CBITS is partly funded by the United Way of Dane County.

Contact Information

Mary Sue Roberts: (608) 280-2520

One in four people have a diagnosable mental health disorder in any year. Yet, the average delay for someone receiving services is 10 years.

Like CPR or first aid, Mental Health First Aid training is meant for everyone. It is a public education training that introduces participants to risk factors and warning signs of a developing mental illness including anxiety, depression, substance use, bipolar disorder, eating disorders, and schizophrenia.

This eight-hour course uses role-playing, simulations, videos, and lecture to demonstrate how to offer initial help in a mental health crisis or emerging disorder. Mental Health First Aid teaches participants a five-step action plan to support someone developing signs and symptoms of a mental illness.

  • Assess for risk of suicide or harm
  • Listen non-judgmentally
  • Give reassurance and information
  • Encourage appropriate professional help
  • Encourage self-help and other support strategies

Contact Information

Dan Muxfeld, Program Coordinator

Call (608) 280-2566