Jewish Family Services and Sojourner Family Peace Center (FPC) will address critical workforce shortages through a Mental Health Workforce Development Pilot Project

Milwaukee, June 27, 2022 –Jewish Family Services Awarded $113,966 grant from the Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin Endowment to support a Mental Health Workforce Development Pilot Project over the next 18 months starting July 1st.  In partnership with Sojourner Family Peace Center (FPC), the project will address clinician workforce shortages through recruitment, training and retention of clinical trainees with expertise in interpersonal violence (IPV) and related trauma. This award will improve access and service quality for adult and child survivors of intimate partner violence (IPV); improve practitioner workforce service delivery for survivors of IPV; and improve the workforce’s professional quality of life, leading to a decrease in workforce attrition in the long-term.

Jewish Family Services (JFS) and Sojourner Family Peace Center (FPC) –which is Wisconsin’s largest provider of IPV prevention and intervention services – will leverage their longstanding expertise in providing services that support survivors of intimate partner violence (IPV).  Anne David, LCSW, MSW, Director of Clinical Services at Jewish Social Services said, “We are looking forward to further improving these services for our clients and the communities in which they live. The ability to train and expand a generation of IPV-informed mental health clinicians while meeting the increased demand for mental health services will be possible due to this funding.”

About Jewish Family Services:

Founded in 1867, Jewish Family Services, Inc. is one of the oldest nonprofit organizations in the state of Wisconsin. We serve nearly 2,500 individuals annually, including children, seniors, adults with disabilities, mental health, substance use disorders and families with low household incomes. Our programs include mental health and counseling services, private pay and contract-based case management services, social services, assisted living services and affordable and supportive housing. Our service area includes Milwaukee, Waukesha, Washington and Ozaukee Counties.

Jewish Family Services has been providing mental health and counseling services to individuals, families and children in the greater Milwaukee area for 40 years. We believe that reducing the stigma associated with mental health issues and increasing access to quality care is critical in supporting the overall health, wellness and quality of life in local communities.