ThedaCare Earns Grant to Attend Renowned Depression Education Program

Behavioral Health Employees will use Knowledge to Improve Suicide Prevention

ThedaCare received a 2014 Perfect Depression Care Learning Community grant from the State of Wisconsin.

ThedaCare Behavioral Health will use the grant money, which is provided by Wisconsin’s Division of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, to send two employees to a workshop at Henry Ford Health Systems in Detroit to learn more about their “Perfect Depression Care” initiative. That program set a new standard for depression care that aims to eliminate suicides among patients. ThedaCare Behavioral Health employees will take what they learn and develop a suicide prevention program in local communities.

ThedaCare was just one of five programs in Wisconsin – and the only one in the Fox Valley – to receive the grant.

ThedaCare™ Behavioral Health is the largest behavioral health provider in Northeast Wisconsin, providing inpatient and outpatient mental health, alcohol and drug treatment, psychological and neuropsychological testing, and psychiatry to more than 10,000 individual patients annually. In 2005, an Alzheimer’s Center of Excellence was established to assist people diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and other dementia-related illnesses. ThedaCare Behavioral Health has offices in five locations in Menasha, Neenah, Oshkosh, Shawano, and Waupaca.  In addition, mental health clinicians provide treatment in 11 primary care physician offices.

ThedaCare™ is a community health system consisting of five hospitals: Appleton Medical Center, Theda Clark Medical Center, New London Family Medical Center, Shawano Medical Center, and Riverside Medical Center in Waupaca. ThedaCare also includes ThedaCare Physicians, ThedaCare Behavioral Health, and ThedaCare at Home. ThedaCare is the largest employer in Northeast Wisconsin with more than 6,175 employees. Those interested can follow ThedaCare on Facebook and Twitter.