Heroes for Health: Joseph Bergs

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: Joseph Bergs, MD, Psychiatrist specializing in Child and Adolescent Psychology, Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare - All Saints

Website: http://www.mywheaton.org

Email: joseph.bergs@wfhc.org

Phone: 262-687-8108

About Wheaton-Franciscan Healthcare - All Saints: For more than a century, Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare and its dedicated staff have offered the highest level of quality care to individuals and families throughout Southeast Wisconsin. We combine new technologies and innovative treatments with a compassionate, healing environment. Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare is one of the largest providers of care in Southeast Wisconsin with more than 10,000 associates and affiliations with more than 1,300 physicians.

Words from Joseph, a Hero for Health:

When it comes to addressing the unmet mental health needs of our children, our challenges in Racine are not unique. No matter where they live, families struggle to find clarity around the care and treatment that is available and appropriate, obtain insurance coverage to offset the cost of care, and navigate between a team of providers to establish and follow a program of care.

What is unique – and inspiring – to Racine, is the collaborative approach we are taking to partner across our community. We work with each other and with families to help our children optimize their mental health.

In particular, I am encouraged by our close work with the leaders in Racine schools to provide school-based mental health services. We are carefully evaluating how to structure a school-based program. We see it as a meaningful approach to alleviating access and navigational issues – such as transportation. Embedding counseling and related mental health services in our schools also strengthens coordination and information sharing among schools, teachers, providers, and parents.

When I reflect on what success could look like for Racine, I hope to see us expand the number of mental health service providers in our community while implementing a solid system for early identification. Most importantly, I would like us to create a clear pathway to care for those who want and need help. Families and parents remain at the center of our work to support children with mental health needs. One of the biggest contributions we can make is to provide easy access to answers about where to go and who to see for help.

The Racine Collaborative for Children’s Mental Health is essential to this vision. By working together, the task at hand and path forward are more tangible and attainable for all of us.

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