Are you a reporter looking to do a news story on mental health, substance use disorders, or both? Do you want to learn more about Journey and our advocacy efforts? Stay in touch with Journey.

Local Physician Organizes All-New Beat The Blues Cruise Race In Memory Of Father

MADISON, WI (Jan. 24, 2019) – An all-new 5K run/walk and 10K run is coming to Middleton, and proceeds will go toward Journey Mental Health Center and the National Suicide Text Line for suicide prevention efforts.

Beat the Blues Cruise, organized by OB/GYN physician Kris Bathke of SSM Health Dean Medical Group, is set for Saturday, April 6 at the Keva Sports Center, 312 Forsythia Street in Middleton. Cost is $40 for the 5K Run/Walk and $50 for the 10K run. The race includes a DJ; photo booth; silent auction and more. To learn more or to register, visit

Kris is organizing the race and event in honor of her father, Bill Bathke, who died by suicide in June 2010.

The Bathke Family (L-R): Tricia Sagissor, Marsha Bathke, Bill Bathke, Chad Bathke, and Kris Bathke

“My father was a successful and very well-respected executive at WPS Health Solutions for more than 25 years. He was extremely dedicated to the employees there and cared about them like family. I still have people recognize my name, ask if we were related, and then sing his praises,” Kris said.

A dedicated community volunteer, Bill was a longtime Salvation Army board member who would be seen ringing the bell outside Shopko every Christmas Eve. He also served on the Monona Police and Fire Commission, participated in the Alzheimer’s Walk, and raised money for diabetes while riding his Harley Davidson.

“Most of all he loved his family,” Kris said. “He married my mom when she was 19 and he was 20. They were together until he died. His children and grandchildren were the highlight of his life. He worked long hours when I was young, but made up for it by spending extra time with my kids. He would never have done anything to hurt them, which made me realize how sick he was.

“He was an amazing, kind and humble man. I looked up to him and aspire to be like him,” she said. “I just wish he would have known he could reach out … that there were people who could help. If we can make others aware and save even one life, this event will be more than worth it!”

Kris has been working hard to secure sponsors for the race. So far, WPS Health Solutions, Harbor Athletic Club, RBC Royal Bank, Prairie Clinic, Fleet Feet Sports, and NXTLVL Sport & Fitnessare supporting the event. If you know of a business that would like to serve as a sponsor, contact Kris at

Media interested in talking to Kris may call Rebecca Eberhardt, Journey’s Program Coordinator, at 608-280-2420.

Opioid epidemic is not just a ‘big city’ problem, say Columbia County, Wisconsin leaders

MADISON, Wisconsin – Dec. 21, 2018 – The opioid epidemic is in rural areas … like Columbia County. In the span of seven days this summer, six people overdosed and two people died – in just one week! They are seeing higher rates of opioid prescriptions dispensed, higher rates of Narcan administration, higher rates of drug related hospital encounters, more children being born with substances in their system and increasing numbers of children placed in out of home care.

A special task force of citizens, health providers, first responders, law enforcement officials and Columbus Community Hospital, Wisconsin was formed to address the opioid epidemic in Columbia County. The task force established a mission focusing on education, including a series of videos to spread the message. Check out the powerful videos here.

Journey’s Columbia County Community Support Program, based in Portage, Wisconsin, helps individuals living with serious mental illness manage their medications, and offers employment and housing assistance. Learn more here.

Journey Mental Health Center goes tobacco-free, receives MAC Award from WINTIP

MADISON, Wisconsin – Dec. 10, 2018 – Journey Mental Health Center received a Mac Award for its efforts to make its headquarters in Madison a tobacco-free and vape-free campus starting September 15, 2017.

The award, named for David “Mac” Macmaster, co-founder and managing consultant of the Wisconsin Nicotine Treatment Integration Project (WiNTiP), is presented to honor a health-care organization that helps its behavioral health patients live tobacco free.

WiNTiP is a collaboration between the Wisconsin Department of Health Services and UW-CTRI

Read more here.

Celebrity Chef Jaques Pépin to host Oct. 5 fundraiser to benefit Journey

Sept. 27, 2018 – Internationally known celebrity Chef Jacques Pépin is coming to Madison to celebrate our area’s culinary community. Among many events, Jacques is hosting an Oct. 5 2018 fundraising dinner to benefit Journey Mental Health Center at Sardine. While the event is sold out, you can enter a raffle for a chance to win two tickets to the event and a $10 gift certificate to Sardine. Click here and follow the green ticket button to purchase your raffle tickets.

Major event sponsors include Exact Sciences, Park Bank, Isthmus, and 5Nines.

Journey to close Kajsiab House

MADISON, Wisconsin – Aug. 9, 2018 –  Journey Mental Health Center regrettably announces today that a funding change requires the closing of a critical program for the Dane County Hmong community. Many Dane County Hmong fought for the United States during the Vietnam War and many more were refugee camp survivors.  Most of these people suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD.

MTM, the Medicaid transportation provider for the state of Wisconsin, terminated its contract with Journey in February of 2018.  The loss of this revenue has had a devastating impact on the program’s budget.

Journey will close the nationally known Kajsiab House program effective September 28, 2018.

Kajsiab House is a program designed specifically for Hmong refugees living with PTSD and other trauma related issues.

“This is a devastating event for Journey and the Dane County community,” said Journey President and CEO Lynn Brady. “It will lead to the loss of jobs, as well as badly needed services for a very vulnerable population of people that supported our country during the war.”

Journey is working with Kajsiab House to find ways of providing services to the Hmong people attending Kajsiab House.  Brady says “Journey’s Kajsiab House is a nationally recognized model that provides culturally sensitive services for the Hmong people. Reinventing those services, in a western based model of care, will fall far short of meeting the needs of these individuals.”

Lynn Brady can be reached at  or by phone at (608) 280-2561, or cell at (608) 217-9073.

Journey Mental Health Center, at 25 Kessel Court, Madison, 53711 serves more than 12,000 individuals in its 29 programs in two counties. Clients suffer from a range of health issues from PTSD to serious mental illness. Founded on Nov. 16, 1948 as the Dane County Child Guidance Center with six employees, Journey has grown into a large community mental health clinic with over 400 staff members. We are dedicated to innovation and cutting-edge programs that provide culturally sensitive services.  Journey provides a continuum of services to individuals across the lifespan.

Journey Mental Health Center collaborates with clients, Adams Outdoor on high-profile mental health stigma campaign

MADISON, Wisconsin – May 10, 2018 – Journey Mental Health Center and Adams Outdoor Collaborate are partnering together to fight the stigma of mental illness and addiction in a unique high-profile year-long billboard campaign“This is my Journey”featuring five people, all whom live with serious mental illness or addiction including severe anxiety, bipolar disorder, psychosis, and alcoholism. The creative centers on the individuals as proud people: An attorney, a mom, a pastry chef, a videographer, and an honors graduate.


  • Research shows that individuals who openly talk about their illness have better recovery outcomes.
  • The outdoor campaign is being supplemented with dozens more people participating in Journey social media and print efforts, and in the organization’s new annual report.
  • Adams Outdoor Advertising is donating the creative, production and space rental for the billboards through their nonprofit program, The Adams Collaborate Program. The donation includes two large bulletin-size and five poster-size billboards valued at $250,000.
  • The campaign is being led by chair Pooja Mehta, a Duke University graduate and Journey volunteer who lives with serious anxiety. “I’m proud of how far I’ve come, and how far I’ll be going,” she says.
  • 18.1 percent of Americans live with serious mental illness, including depression, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. Mental Health Awareness Month has been celebrated in the U.S. annually since 1949.


The first billboard was installed Friday, May 11 at 9 a.m. across from Nonn’s Flooring, located at the corner of Grabor Road and Permenter Street in Middleton. Other billboards will begin popping up in Madison during May.

U.S. drug overdose deaths continue to rise; increase fueled by synthetic opioids

April 4, 2018 – 2016 U.S. drug overdose data shows that America’s overdose epidemic is spreading geographically and increasing across demographic groups, according to recent research conducted by the Centers for Disease Control. Read more here

Watch For New Medicare Cards

MADISON, Wisconsin – March 12, 2018 – New Medicare cards are coming  between April 2018 and April 2019. The new card has a Medicare Number unique to you, instead of your Social Security Number. Your new card will automatically come to you—just make sure Social Security has your most up-to-date address.

Watch this video to learn more.

For more information, visit

Wisconsin State Journal takes a look at community mental health challenges

MADISON, Wisconsin – Feb. 12, 2018 – Journey Crisis Worker Sarah Henrickson was featured in the Feb. 12, 2018 Wisconsin State Journal story, “Police beef up response to mental illness in Dane County” that  highlights Journey’s longtime partnership with the Madison Police Department. Hannah Flanagan, Journey’s director of emergency services, was quoted extensively in the Feb. 11, 2018 Wisconsin State Journal story, “Dane County explores mental health crisis restoration center to curb incarceration.”

Learn about military moral injury at February 13 Veterans Education Series

MADISON, Wisconsin – Jan. 20, 2018 – Returning veterans, and those who care for them, are struggling to understand and respond effectively when experiences of war result in levels of anguish, anger, and alienation not well explained in terms of mental health diagnoses such as post-traumatic stress disorder.
Join Sarah Francois, Program Manager, Madison VA Hospital Mental Health Clinic, for an “Introduction to Military Moral Injury” at our next Veterans Education Series, set for Feb. 13, 9-11 a.m. at Journey, 25 Kessel Court.
Reserve your seat today by calling 608-280-2408 or emailing

Journey trains Sun Prairie Police Department in Mental Health First Aid

MADISON, Wisconsin – Nov. 29, 2017 – Journey Mental Health Center is training the Sun Prairie Police Department about Mental Health First Aid.

Mental Health First Aid is an eight-hour course that will teach the officers how to recognize and respond to individuals who are experiencing  a mental health problem or a mental health crisis.

Read more about it in the Sun Prairie Star.

Journey trains Sun Prairie Police Department in Mental Health First Aid

MADISON, Wisconsin – Nov. 29, 2017 – Journey Mental Health Center is training the Sun Prairie Police Department about Mental Health First Aid.

Mental Health First Aid is an eight-hour course that will teach the officers how to recognize and respond to individuals who are experiencing  a mental health problem or a mental health crisis.

Read more about it in the Sun Prairie Star.

Support Journey Mental Health Center when you shop Cyber Monday!

MADISON, Wisconsin – Nov. 27, 2017 – Want to make a difference while you are cyber shopping this year?

Yes, it’s possible.

Go to and Amazon will make a donation to Journey! Check it out!

Veteran Education Series: Learn more about trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder on December 14

MADISON, Wisconsin – Nov. 20, 2017 – Get an informative look at trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder, its prevalence, and the epidemiology of PTSD in both the general and military populations at the next Veterans Education Series, sponsored by Journey Mental Health Center and the Veteran’s Administration, or VA, on Thursday, Dec. 14 from 9 to 11 a.m. at Journey Mental Health Center, 25 Kessel Court, in the Lower Level Training Room.

Michael Messina, Ph.D., Chief Psychologist and Director of the PTSD Clinical Team at the VA, is the guest speaker. Dr. Messina will discuss gold-standard interventions for PTSD and their strengths and limitations.

The event is free-of-charge. Reserve your seat by emailing

Wisconsin Health News Talks To Journey CEO Lynn Brady

MADISON, Wisconsin – Oct. 31, 2017 – Journey President & CEO Lynn Brady sat down with Wisconsin Health News, a statewide health care trade publication, to talk about Journey’s integration of primary care into our mental health clinic.

Read the story here.

Survivors of Suicide gather Nov. 18 to meet, share and empower

MADISON, Wisconsin – Oct 31, 2017 – It’s not too late to sign up for the 19th Annual International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day event,  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 the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

Click here for a registration form.

Oakhill Correctional Institution Raises Money, Donates Proceeds To Journey

MADISON, Wisconsin – Oct. 24, 2017 – Journey Mental Health Center is the recipient of a $651.84 donation from Oakhill Correctional Institution, or OCI, thanks to prison administrators who organized a pizza fundraiser in support of National Recovery Month.

(L-R) Oakhill Correctional Institution Program Supervisors Julie Burtness, Becky Heth, and Mya Yohr join Warden Doug Percy, center, in presenting Journey Chief Development Officer Brian Miller with a donation of $651.84 on October 23, 2017 at Oakhill Correctional Institution.

To support fundraisers like this, OCI inmates use their own money they earn from work release jobs that pay market-level wages, and money they earn from jobs in the facility that pay anywhere between 12 to 42 cents an hour. 388 Little Caesar’s pizzas were purchased the day of the event!

OCI is a minimum-security prison, housing approximately 700 inmates a year. Special thanks to OCI Program Supervisors Becky Heth, Julie Burtness, May Yohr, and to Warden Doug Percy.

‘Insights With Dick Goldberg’ Features Journey CEO Lynn Brady

MADISON, Wisconsin – Oct. 19, 2017 – Lynn Brady, president and CEO of Journey, recently sat down with Dick Goldberg to talk about Journey Mental Health Center and the mental health landscape in Dane County. It’s an informative interview chock full of great information.

Listen to the podcast here.

Journey Receives WHPRMS Award For Bayside/Recovery House Video

MADISON, Wisconsin – Oct. 17, 2017 – Journey Mental Health Center received a Certificate of Merit Award in the category of “Video Production” from the Wisconsin Healthcare Public Relations and Marketing Society, or WHPRMS, at their annual conference on Oct. 12, 2017 at Bay Harbor Resort in Sheboygan.

Journey submitted its Bayside/Recovery House video to the organization’s annual communication review program. Watch it here.

WHPRMS is a membership-based organization of 200 individuals in health care marketing, PR and advertising from across Wisconsin. WHPRMS stages the annual communication review program using out-of-state judges. In 2016,  Journey received the organization’s top award, the Carol Schaefer Award, for “Impact,” an internal company newsletter.

Sign up for 19th Annual International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day local event

MADISON, Wisconsin – Oct. 2, 2017 – 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, 2nd Floor.

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 the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

Click here for a registration form.

Join Journey, Madison VA for special presentation,‘The Mental Health Paradigm Of The 21st Century Veteran’

MADISON, Wisconsin – Sept. 26 2017 – Today’s military veterans have unique mental health needs. With a smaller percent of Americans serving in war today versus past wars – two million Americans served in Iraq or Afghanistan versus 16 million in World War II and 8 ½ million during the Vietnam War – caring for vets today is very different.

Learn more about mental health in military culture:

  • How does life play out for today’s veterans?
  • What is the effect on vets serving multiple tours?
  • How are families and communities affected?
  • The interplay of common combat-specific diagnoses at different stages.

Join Jeff Johnson and Jay White, LCSW, from Transition Care Management Program at Madison VA Hospital as the pair explore and discuss the “Mental Health Paradigm of the 21st Century Veteran.”
Date: Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017
Time: 9-11 a.m.
Location: Journey Mental Health Center, 25 Kessel Court, Madison
Cost: Free
RSVP: 608-280-2408

‘Yahara House: In Your Corner’ campaign raises more than $16k

MADISON, Wisconsin – Sept. 25, 2017- Yahara House members raised $16,290 during their online crowdfunding campaign, “Yahara House: In Your Corner.”

The six-week campaign on ended Sept. 22.

Money raised will help members overcome the challenges of poverty by meeting basic human needs. This includes yearly individual grants to help members defray costs of medical and dental services, housing, utilities, clothing, groceries, transportation and school supplies, with virtually no administrative expense. It will also help pay for trainings, holiday meals, social events and wellness opportunities.

Thank you to everyone who contributed to Yahara House!

Help Journey win ‘People’s Choice’ award!

MADISON, Wisconsin – Sept. 21, 2017 – Voting is now open for the Wisconsin Innovation “People’s Choice” Award. This is an opportunity to ask your co-workers, friends and family to support and celebrate Journey’s work toward integrating physical health care into our mental health care clinic through the development of the Journey to Health and Wellness Program.

The link to vote is here, and you do not need to create an account to vote. Each person can vote one time, so please share far and wide.

Polco, a previous Wisconsin Innovation Awards winner, is managing the voting. The winner of the “People’s Choice” award will be announced at the Wisconsin Innovation Awards ceremony on Oct. 4.

Join Journey staff at NAMIWalks October 1 event

MADISON, WISCONSIN – Sept. 18, 2017 – A little before noon on Sunday, Oct. 1, Journey staff will gather at Olin-Turville Park to support NAMI Dane County at their annual 5K walk. NAMI is a strong partner of Journey, providing education and advocacy efforts for families and individuals living with serious mental illness.

Please join the Journey team and encourage consumers to do the same! To sign up for the walk, click here: Journey MHC Team Link.

If you have any questions, please contact Brian Miller,  Journey’s Chief Development Officer, 608-280-2682, or

Yahara House members create WORT-FM radio kiosk to promote crowd funding campaign

MADISON, WISCONSIN – Sept. 18, 2017 – Yahara House members recently scripted and provided voice over for a radio spot on WORT-FM, highlighting the Yahara House “In Your Corner” crowd funding campaign that runs through Sept. 22 on

Click here to visit WORT ‘s website. Access the radio spot by clicking on the red play button in the center of the page.

As of Tuesday’s E-News deadline, the crowd funding campaign has raised $7,465. Click here to make a donation.

Lynn Brady, Madison Police Department officer appear on NBC15

MADISON, WISCONSIN – Sept. 13, 2017 – Journey CEO Lynn Brady and Madison Police Department (MPD) Officer Jared Prado sat down with NBC15’s Leigh Mills on Tuesday, Sept. 12 to talk about the concept of cultural competency and humility, mental health training for MPD officers, and Journey’s strong relationship with the department. They also promoted Journey’s Cultural Competency event set for Sept. 28 at Promega BioPharmaceutical Technology Center. Watch the interview on by clicking here.

‘Yahara House: In Your Corner’ campaign update

MADISON, Wisconsin – Aug. 21, 2017- As of 8 a.m., Monday, Aug. 21, Yahara House members have raised $4,125 from 13 people during their online crowdfunding campaign, “Yahara House: In Your Corner.”

The campaign runs through Sept. 22. Please help spread the word by sharing the link below to people who may be interested in contributing to the Clubhouse.

Lynn Brady named CEO of Journey Mental Health Center

MADISON, WISCONSIN – Aug. 3, 2017 – Lynn Brady, M.P.A., has been appointed President & CEO of Journey Mental Health Center, effective Aug. 2. Prior to her appointment, she served as Chief Operating Officer at Journey for five years.

Lynn has more than 30 years experience in the mental health and substance use field both as a clinician and an administrator. She holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration with an emphasis on health care administration.

“Lynn’s leadership experience, talent and abilities are vital to the future of Journey, it’s mission and strategy and we welcome her to the role as the Chief Executive Officer,” said Mary Wright, Board Chair. “With Lynn’s past role as Chief Operating Officer, Journey is situated with a leader that understands the organization, the talented staff, and the importance of providing valuable mental health treatment for our most vulnerable population.”

Journey named a finalist for 2017 Wisconsin Innovation Award

MADISON, Wisconsin – July 21, 2017 – Journey Mental Health Center has been selected as one of 30 finalists for a 2017 Wisconsin Innovation Award for integrating primary care services into our mental health clinic. More than 225 nominations were received, according to Molly Walsh, event planner.

On average, individuals living with serious mental illness die 25 years sooner than individuals who do not have mental illness. Journey recognized the gap in physical health care for this population, and applied for and won a $1.6 million SAMHSA grant to form an integrated physical health care team that will address the gap in care.

The program, known as Journey to Health and Wellness, will help 326 individuals monitor their chronic conditions, such as heart disease. UnityPoint-Meriter and Group Health Cooperative of South Central Wisconsin have agreed to provide advance practice nurse practitioners on-site at Journey.

The awards program is in its fourth year, and is the brainchild of Joe Boucher, an attorney with Neider & Boucher, and Matt Younkle, co-founder and CEO of Funding support for the program comes from American Family Insurance, Baird, Exact Sciences, First Business, Neider & Boucher and WEDC.

The ceremony, set for Wednesday Oct. 4 at Wisconsin Memorial Union, is open to the public. Tickets are available at

Clinica Latina receives grant to treat Latina families with mothers struggling with depression

MADISON, Wisconsin – July 21, 2017 – Journey Mental Health Center is excited to announce that the Clinica Latina will use a Minority Health Community Grant to implement Forteleza Familiares, a culturally specific intervention that treats families of Latina mothers struggling with depression.

Congratulations go to Marisol Campbell, clinical coordinator of the Clinica Latina, and Mike VanSistine, co-author of the grant.

Marisol hopes to be able to use this opportunity to train staff in using this promising evidence based intervention in providing these services to consumers even after the yearlong grant has ended.

Rep. Dave Considine meets with Columbia County CSP and PROPs2 staff members

PORTAGE, Wisconsin – June 23, 2017 – Rep. Dave Considine (D–Baraboo) visited with staff members of Journey’s Columbia County CSP and PROPs Programs on Friday, June 23.

The top ranking Democrat on the state Mental Health Reform Committee, Dave is working with Brad Schlough, Director of Expansion Projects, and Dan Muxfeld, Mental Health First Aid Program Coordinator, to bring Mental Health First Aid to the state capitol. He listened to staff talk about their programs and challenges of rural mental health programming, including Medicaid, budgets, resources, and Internet bandwidth.

NBC15 covers stigma of mental illness in African-American community

MADISON, Wisconsin – July 20, 2017 – NBC15 Reporter Avery Hall visited Journey to talk about the stigma of mental illness in the African American Community.

Check out her July 20 story here.

Journey selects Streamline to implement new electronic health record system

MADISON, Wisconsin – June 23, 2017 – Journey Mental Health Center (Journey) is pleased to announce it has reached an agreement to purchase the Streamline Healthcare Solutions, SmartCare™ electronic health record system (EHR).  Journey, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization with more than 500 staff members, is the largest community based mental health and substance use treatment center serving Dane County. Journey also offers services in Columbia, Dodge, Richland, and Sauk Counties.

“We are excited for our new partnership with Journey Mental Health Center. The partnership with Journey will provide us with more opportunity of expanding into Wisconsin. Our goal is to provide organizations such as Journey a truly flexible and comprehensive application that will grow with them.” says David Ryland, Co-CEO of Streamline Healthcare Solutions.

About Streamline: Streamline Healthcare Solutions (Streamline) delivers web-based software for healthcare organizations to provide and coordinate specialized behavioral service delivery processes. Streamline’s SmartCare™ solution was developed to truly integrate all departments; moving them to a more holistic service model. Streamline’s software solutions are well suited for organizations who wish to have a system that can incorporate its entire business processes into a single solution, with the ability to continue to grow as business-lines needs evolve.

Learn more about meeting the needs of veterans involved in the criminal justice system on August 10

MADISON, Wisconsin – July 21, 2017 – Did you know that unemployment among Wisconsin veterans involved in the criminal justice system is estimated at 23-28 percent, compared to the general unemployment rate of 4 percent? Did you know that this population has a higher prevalence of mental health disorders than other individuals involved in the criminal justice system?

What is being done to help this at-risk population? What can we all do to help?

There are exciting interventions that have been developed to meet the unique needs of these vets. Community partnerships are forming to help vets, including Veteran Treatment Courts. Yet more work needs to be done.

Learn more about current efforts aimed at helping our veterans post incarceration at the next “Veteran’s Information Series,” sponsored by Journey Mental Health Center and the Madison VA Hospital. There will be time for Q-&-A, so let’s talk.

–Date: Thursday, August 10
–Time: 9-11 a.m.
–Speaker: Edward Zapala, LCSW, Madison VA Hospital
–Location: Journey Mental Health Center, 25 Kessel Court, Madison, WI 53711
–Cost: Free

Reservations: 608-280-2408

Learn more about veteran suicide at July 13 Journey, VA event

MADISON, Wisconsin – June 20, 2017 – Twenty veterans per day die of suicide. Sixty-seven percent of all veteran suicides are the result of a firearm injury. Veterans make up only 8.5 percent of the U.S. population, yet account for 17.9 percent of adult suicide deaths.

Alarming statistics to say the least.

Join Andrea Bailey, LCSW, and Shannon Kostuck, LCSW, Suicide Prevention Coordinators of the Madison VA Hospital and Outpatient Clinics, for an in-depth discussion on veteran suicide, including data on prevalence and special considerations in risk formulation.

The presentation, which includes time for Q-&-A, is set for Thursday, July 13, 9-11 a.m., at Journey Mental Health Center, 25 Kessel Court, in Madison. It is free and open to the public.

Bailey and Kostuck will also be providing education on suicide prevention efforts through the Veterans Administration and how community providers can assist in the national effort to decrease veteran suicide.

The presentation is sponsored by the Madison VA and Journey Mental Health Center.

Information/Registration: Mary Sue Roberts, Training Coordinator, 608-280-2563.

Gateway CSP moves to 208 E. Olin Avenue in Madison

MADISON, Wisconsin – June 10, 2017 – Gateway CSP, a program of Journey Mental Health Center serving individuals with severe and persistent mental Illness, is moving to new office space located at 208 E. Olin Avenue in Madison. The new location offers more space and parking.

The last day for services at the 1423 Park Street location is June 21. The Gateway office will be closed June 22-23 for the move and will re-open at its new location June 26. The phone number remains 608-280-3150.

For more information, please contact Stacy Klein, clinical team manager, 608-280-3154.

February 2018 Connect

Journey’s fight against the opioid crisis

You’ve been hearing about the opiate crisis right here in Dane County and across the nation as lawmakers grapple with how to deal with the crisis that is tearing families apart.

Did you know that opiate-related deaths in Dane County grew from 13 deaths in 2000 to 85 deaths in 2016?

That’s a 653 percent increase from 2000.

“People in Dane County are battling an insidious addiction,” says Drew Van Hyfte, clinical team leader of Journey’s Medication Assisted Therapy Program. “Individuals may feel like they are kicking their opiate problem – and they are kicking it – but if they decide to re-use after being clean and sober they are putting themselves at great risk.”


Drew Van Hyfte

Drew explains drug tolerance levels actually decrease during sobriety, resulting in an increased risk for overdose. “When a person relapses, the individual is likely to turn to the same dose as before – and that’s when an overdose crisis occurs,” he says.

How Is Journey Working To Solve The Opiate Crisis?

Journey offers two tracks for Medication Assisted Therapy, including our Suboxone Program and our Vivitrol Program. These programs use cutting-edge medications that reduce drug cravings and give people a chance at recovery.

Journey’s Suboxone Program, formed in 2012 serves people who may be in active withdrawal or are currently using daily. Forty-four people are currently engaged in the program.

Journey’s Vivitrol Program is for people who have been clean seven to 10 days. Most referrals to this program come from the Dane County Jail. Thirty-nine people are engaged in the Vivitrol Program today.

Getting people in treatment immediately from the jail has played a role in reducing the overdose rate upon jail release. “We are able to get inmates their first injection while they are in the jail, usually from a minor drug-related charge,” Drew says. “This gives them 28 days – the length the injection lasts – to engage in treatment.”

The program has seen 432 referrals since February 2016. That’s roughly 18 referrals a month.

Journey’s Medication Assisted Therapy Programs are another example of how Journey responds to serious community health issues with effective, affordable and person-centric treatment.

If you, or a loved one you know, is struggling with an opiate addiction, please call Journey’s Central Intake Line at (608) 280-2720.


  • In 2015, received 4-year, $1.6 million Primary Care Behavioral Health Integration Grant from SAMHSA to integrate mental health and primary care services for 326 targeted adults with severe and persistent mental illness and co-occurring substance use disorders. The grant funds the Journey to Health and Wellness Program.
  • We have achieved an international reputation for the cost and clinical effectiveness of our community based service model for individuals with complex mental health problems.
  • We were the first in Wisconsin to provide 24/7 professional mobile crisis intervention services and to combine alcohol and other substance abuse services in the same program.
  • We have been acknowledged as a national model for wrap around child/family services, elderly outreach services and jail diversion services for the mentally ill.
  • Our employees are offered over 200 hours of agency sponsored training annually.
  • We are an official training site for the University of Wisconsin (Psychiatry, Social Work, Nursing, Psychology, Psychological Rehabilitation and Pharmacy) and Edgewood College (Family Counseling and Nursing).

Funding & Grants

  • JMHC is the largest provider of mental health and substance abuse services for Dane County.
  • 68 percent of funding comes from Dane County Department of Human Services – Mental Health/AODA Services.
  • Contracts/Grants
    • SAMHSA-Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, $1.6 million total, or $400,000 over 4 years
    • State of Wisconsin Department of Health Services, info coming
    • United Way of Dane County, info coming
    • City of Madison, info coming
    • University of Wisconsin, info coming
    • Others, info coming


  • 540 staff members including clinicians, social workers, nurses, support staff, and students.

By The Numbers

  • In 2017, 12,208 people were treated in Outpatient Services and Community Support Programs.
  • In 2015, 4,834 people received assessments in Central Intake, OWI Assessment Program and in our Jail Diversion Program.

Type of Clients

  • Adult, Mental Health Needs – 73%
  • Youth (18 and under) – 16%
  • Adult, Alcohol/Drug – 11%


  • Caucasian – 58%
  • African American – 14%
  • Unknown – 13%
  • Hispanic – 7%
  • Multiracial – 5%
  • Asian – 4%
  • Native American < 1%


  • 19-39 – 45%
  • 40-59 ­– 28%
  • 0-12 – 8%
  • 13-18 – 8%
  • 60+ – 9%
  • Unknown – 3%


  • Male – 54%
  • Female – 45%
  • Unknown < 1%
  • Accreditations: CARF International; Clubhouse International
  • Certified by the State of Wisconsin, Department of Health Services; Division of Quality Assurance


  • One of the first private non-profit child guidance centers in the state of Wisconsin to seek and receive public funding, thus establishing a model for future collaborations between the private/public sector.


1950s — 1960s

  • The organization played a significant role in community education/prevention, including radio and televised educational programs — some running for 20 years. In fact, one program was considered the second most popular series on Wisconsin Educational TV.



  • Played a key role in developing Dane County’s comprehensive community-based mental health services for adults with serious persistent mental illnesses, including a 24-hour mobile crisis intervention service, after a panel of three federal judges declared Wisconsin’s commitment laws to be unconstitutional.


  • Awarded a Law Enforcement Assistance Act Grant to develop an innovative drug treatment program, combing the efforts of law enforcement and counseling staff. In addition, merger of alcohol and drug services gives agency the first combined substance abuse treatment program in Wisconsin.



  • National Institute of Mental Health identifies Dane County service system as a “model community support program” and designates the Mental Health Center as the National CSP Resource Center for the United States based on their role/expertise in the service system.


  • Recognized by the National Institute of Mental Health as a leader in providing innovate outreach to services to seniors and chosen to be a national training site.


1990s — 2000s

  • A $2.5 million four-year grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation allows the agency’s youth/family services to create a nationally recognized, and duplicated wrap around system of care for youth with serious emotional disabilities – a system that promotes the natural resources and strengths of families.


  • First in the state to employ a Fountain House Model for day treatment services. It is recognized by the Wisconsin State Legislature as one of the most successful psychiatric rehabilitation programs, and is certified by the International Center for Clubhouse Development.


  • Awarded a $1.6 million, four-year federal grant to improve treatment services for children and adolescents who have experienced trauma, thus joining a new coalition of treatment centers across the country dedicated to addressing the profound, destructive, and widespread impact of trauma on the lives of youth


  • Kajsiab House formed to serve Hmong Elders in Dane County.



  • Received $1.6 million SAMSHA federal grant to provide primary care services to individuals with severe and persistent mental illness and co-occurring substance use disorders.


  • Opened a full service pharmacy in partnership with Genoa, a national pharmaceutical provider.


  • PROPs short for Promoting Recovery from the Onset of Psychosis. This intensive program is aimed at young adults, ages 15-25, who have experienced their first episode psychosis. We also began ramping up our Comprehensive Community Services, a state funded program that will help enable us to offer wrap around services to individuals living with mental illness in Dane County.


  • Received a $1.6 million SAMHSA grant to provide primary care services to Journey clients with severe and persistent mental illness and/or co-occurring substance use disorders. Three hundred- sixty individuals will receive services over the four-year period, thanks to the grant and to Group Health Cooperative of South Central Wisconsin and UnityPoint Health-Meriter, who will be providing the services of highly skilled Advanced Practice Nurse Practitioners to help consumers manage their chronic diseases.

One of our top priorities is to protect consumer privacy and individually identifiable health information. We follow the privacy requirements of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) of 1996 and existing Wisconsin law.

Consumers, or individuals receiving services from Journey Mental Health Center, must give specific authorization for the disclosure of their protected health information.

Journey’s media relations policy ensures federal patient privacy standards are upheld for all of our consumers. A staff member must accompany all reporters and photographers while on Journey Mental Health Center property.  Reporters, videographers, still photographers and other media interested in coming to Journey Mental Health Center must first contact Journey’s associate director of communications.

Media Contact

Rebecca Eberhardt: (608) 280-2420

Journey Mental Health Center helps people in their recovery from serious mental illness. Check out this video of Nikyra, a Journey consumer.

Beat the Blues Cruise is coming to Middleton. The 5K Run/Walk & 10K Run is set for Saturday, April 6, 2019. Kris Bathke, a local physician, is organizing the race in memory of her father, who died by suicide. Learn more about Kris and her efforts to raise awareness of suicide by contacting Rebecca Eberhardt, Journey’s Program Coordinator.