Two new positions to address behavioral health in La Crosse Co.

The positions will be funded through a $1.5 million grant

An effort to address behavioral health in La Crosse County hires two new staff members to begin the project.

The new hires will work for a steering committee representing the La Crosse Medical Health Science Consortium and Great Rivers United Way.

The hires were made with a $1.5 million grant awarded this summer to the partners of the consortium.

La Crosse County is one of ten communities in the state that received the funding.

The new staff will collaborate with other staff across the state working on the same project.

The 8-year grant is focused on developing a plan to improve behavioral health as well as physical health of those with behavioral health challenges.

“The first year is entirely dedicated to creating a project based on what the community says needs to happen. Then there will be a five year period where we’ll implement that plan and two years after that for sustainability and dissemination and making part of what’s going on in the community,” said Catherine Kolkmeier, the Director of the La Crosse Medical Health Science Consortium.

The grant is funded by the Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin Endowment at the Medical College of Wisconsin.