Heroes for Health: Charity Brown

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: Charity Brown, Director of Clinic Operations at Medical Support Services, Inc.

Website: http://medicalsupportservice.com

Email: charity@medicalsupportservice.com

Phone: 262-886-3431

About Family Service of Racine: Medical Support Services, Inc. was founded in 1985 by, Mary Ann Maiers, a pediatric therapist whose goal was to provide the highest quality comprehensive rehabilitation services to children. Through the years Medical Support Services has grown from a traveling therapy agency working with children and their families in their homes to a full service out-patient treatment center. Today Medical Support Services provides children in Southeast Wisconsin a full range of therapy services.

Words from Charity, a Hero for Health:

Right now, we have the opportunity to bolster support for our families here in Racine who are dealing with children’s mental health issues. Providing emotional support and a listening ear are key elements to helping families who are confronted with these challenges.

At Medical Support Services, we have come to learn that it’s the little things that count. One tool we offer is a constantly updated list of care providers in Racine to make it easier for families to identify the help that’s available to them. Another initiative we have implemented is a social group for children with mental health needs. Many times, children act out of frustration and are in need of tools to help them get through their emotions. These social groups create a controlled environment in which children may have an explosive reaction to a situation that we can coach them through. To some, these tools and programs may seem small, but they truly make a world of difference in the long run for our families.

Throughout my career, I have learned the vital importance of coordination and have seen what an enormous benefit it is to families when we are all on the same page. Even while the need in our community is great, and our financial resources limited, I am encouraged. The Racine Collaborative for Children’s Mental Health is helping us leverage the multitude of resources that exist in our community to enhance coordination amongst all of us who come in contact with the community’s children.

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