Heroes for Health: Dan Baran

This spotlight series is designed to profile members of the Racine Collaborative for Children’s Mental Health. Over the coming months, the series will feature individual Collaborative members, each of whom is integral to the group’s efforts to forge stronger connections and establish new approaches to strengthen the social and emotional development of our children.

This series is an opportunity to highlight and recognize the diverse individuals, services and resources available to the Racine community.

Who: Dan Baran, Secretary/Treasurer of Professional Services Group

Website: http://www.psgcip.com

Email: dbaran@psgcip.com

Phone: 262-638-2000

About Professional Services Group, Inc.: Professional Services Group (PSG) is a Wisconsin for-profit service corporation founded in 1982 to provide both traditional and non-traditional community-based treatment, support, education, supervision, and case management services for at-risk youth and their families. The goal and mission statement of PSG is "to provide cost effective and high quality services to our clients and to build a state of the art delivery system for those services."

Words from Dan Baran, a Hero for Health


Both personally and professionally I have seen the toll that suffering from mental health issues has on an individual and family. And, every day I see the impact that comprehensive care and support can make in a person’s life.

Looking around our community – and at the state of mental health services more broadly – one of the biggest challenges we face is the need to break down the traditional silos that have historically shaped our systems of care.

Bridging the gaps between providers and ensuring that the leaders in our community such as educators, law enforcement, health care providers and others are speaking with one another is critical to care. We all have the same goals and coming together as part of a one holistic response when a child presents an issue is by far the most effective approach we can take.

Addressing children’s mental health issues is a challenge. Even once we break down the silos, there still remains the issue of ready access to services and the stigma attached to mental health issues. Yet, The Racine Collaborative for Children’s Mental Health is taking on all of these challenges by bringing together the many individuals and organizations in our community who are already making a difference in the lives of those who are suffering.

I am in this field to make a difference – one person at a time. My biggest reward is in observing a transformation in the clients I serve and the success they experience in addressing the mental health challenges that they struggle with. I’m inspired by this community commitment to the issue and optimistic that, together, we can create high-level cooperation from the bottom up and transform our approach to care.

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