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Dane County Department of Human Services

Child and Youth Treatment

Mental Health Crisis Services

Journey Mental Health Center provides mental health crisis services for Dane County children and youth as well as adults.  Dane County's 24 Hour Crisis/Suicide Prevention Hotline  is 608-280-2600.  More information about Journey Crisis Services can be found at

Mental Health Care Coordination Services

The Building Bridges Program

The Building Bridges program provides short-term wraparound style case management and service coordination for 4K-8 students who are experiencing mental health challenges within their school setting and require additional supports. Services are voluntary and involve both parents and the identified student.  Student Services staff at each school district identify and refer students to Building Bridges. Participating school districts include, DeForest, Madison, Middleton-Cross Plains, Monona Grove, Mount Horeb, Oregon, Stoughton, Sun Prairie, Verona and Waunakee.  Please contact your participating school district for more information about the Building Bridges Program.

Comprehensive Community Services (CCS)

The CCS program offers a wide array of psychosocial rehabilitation services. These are services and supportive activities that assist CCS clients with mental health and/or substance use conditions to achieve their highest possible level of independent functioning, stability, and independence, and to facilitate recovery.

Please see Dane County Comprehensive Community Services Program page on this Website.


Community Center Based - Mental Health Case Management Support, Education and Groups

Dane County area Youth/Community Centers are offering a mix of mental health case management support, education about mental health, wellness and stigma and youth groups related to mental health needs for youth attending center programming.  Participating Community/Youth Centers include:  Bayview Foundation, Deerfield Community Center, Goodman Community Center, Kennedy Heights Neighborhood Center, and the Lussier Community Education Center.  Program referrals are made by staff within each community center site. Services are voluntary.  Please contact the participating community center for more information.




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Parent Peer Support and Advocacy

Wisconsin Family Ties (WFT) provides parent peer support, system navigation and advocacy for parents of children with mental health concerns. Wisconsin Family Times Parent Peer Specialist bring both system knowledge and lived experience to aid parents as they seek the best solutions for their children experiencing mental health challenges.  More information can be found at


Phone: 608-267-6800 or 800-422-7145

Outpatient Therapy and Psychiatry Services

Dane County Children and Youth who are uninsured can access outpatient mental health and substance use treatment at Journey Mental Health Center by contacting 608-280-2720.  More information about Journey Mental Health Center Outpatient services can be found at


All Other DCDHS Child and Youth Mental Health and Substance Use Services and Referrals

Children, youth and their caregivers access an array of mental health services and supports including in-home family counseling, court ordered evaluations, specialized group, individual and family treatment services as part of involvement with Dane County Child Protection and Youth Justice. 

If you need assistance connecting to mental or substance use treatment for your child or family please contact the Dane County Behavioral Health Resource Center:

 Call the BHRC at (608) 267-2244 

Email the BHRC at