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Heroes for Health: Michael Boticki
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: Michael Boticki, Executive Director for the National Alliance on Mental Illness of Racine County (NAMI-Racine).
About NAMI: NAMI-Racine is a nonprofit organization that focuses on improving the quality of life for all individuals affected by mental illness through support, education and advocacy. Founded in 1979, NAMI provides assistance to members of the Racine community through multiple support groups, public and family education courses, resources, fundraising support, public communication and events, among others. NAMI-Racine is a Partner-Provider of United Way of Racine County and is an affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness and of NAMI-Wisconsin.
Words from Michael, a Hero for Health:
Throughout my career, I have had the opportunity to work with a multitude of families, all of whom have faced difficulties in various ways. I have seen first hand how different family dynamics and situations can have a direct impact on our children. Many times, children have been placed in high levels of care due to our shared failure in identifying their problems earlier.
Wisconsin is home for me. I received my Doctor of Philosophy in Counseling and Educational Psychology from Marquette University and have been working in the state since 1982. Helping the families and children of my community has always been my passion.
This is why I do what I do. If I can help alleviate hurdles and create more happy endings for children and their families, then I feel I’m doing my part to ensure that every child has a fair shot at becoming a successful and productive individual.
Racine is a community with big-city problems and small-town dynamics. My favorite quote has always been one from St. Francis of Assisi that says, “All the darkness in the world cannot extinguish the light of a single candle.” If one candle can make such a difference, imagine the impact of multiple candles together. If we build upon the small-town dynamics of Racine, which a lot of times includes relationship-building and people talking to one another, our problems can be addressed.