Children’s Hospital, Medical College get $3 million gift

Special to The Freeman

Dec. 11, 2014

WAUWATOSA — Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin and the Medical College of Wisconsin announced Thursday they have received a $3 million gift from the Kelben Foundation to address community mental health needs, which will be used to establish a Community Mental Health Initiative.

According to the announcement, the donation will be used to support “improvements to the efficiency and effectiveness to how children and families access mental health services in Milwaukee’s central city.”

“This impactful and generous gift from the Kellner family not only will help children and families get access to the mental health services they need, but also will raise awareness of the great need for trained mental health professionals in Milwaukee and statewide,” said John Raymond Sr., MD, president and CEO of MCW, in a statement. “We are grateful to the Kellner family for its philanthropy and for the community partnerships this gift will forge as we seek solutions for children and families in need of treatment.”

The Kelben Foundation was established by Ted and Mary Kellner and supports education and health programs. The funding from the foundation provides support for several mental health professionals who will expand the initiatives of Children’s current health clinics embedded within the COA Goldin Center, Northside YMCA and Next Door Foundation.

Training and education will also be provided to staff at the Boys and Girls Club, better equipping them to respond to mental health needs with children in their programs. Additionally, the program creates an intake and triage process to assist families with mental health needs, according to the announcement.