Heroes for Health: Mandy Bibo

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: Mandy Bibo, Director of Behavioral Health at Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee

Website: https://www.ccmke.org

Email: mbibo@ccmke.org

Phone: 414-771-2881

About Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee: Catholic Charities mission to “provide service to those in need, to advocate for justice and to call upon others to do the same” has been the core of its work since 1920. Today, Catholic Charities continues to respond to the changing needs within the communities of the ten counties of Southeastern Wisconsin. Its programs and services are available to anyone in need regardless of race, religion, country of origin or financial circumstances.

Words from Mandy, a Hero for Health:

At Catholic Charities, our approach is motivated by our commitment to provide services to anyone who turns to us. This begins with understanding and addressing barriers to care.

In particular, we are focused on removing cultural linguistic barriers that can otherwise create a roadblock to not only accessing care, but also to being engaged in the plan of care for a child. We have made it a priority to hire bilingual therapists so that we are able to better support our diverse community. This approach has been integral to our ability to provide comprehensive services to the children with whom we work.

Furthermore, removing communication barriers enables us to more fully engage and partner with parents and families in creating and moving forward with care plans. Often this begins with addressing the stigma that still surrounds mental health issues and helping family members recognize the many resources available to them and that it is acceptable to reach out for help and support.

I am encouraged by the deep engagement within the Racine Collaborative for Children’s Mental Health and the diverse collaboration to help our families more easily access and navigate care. As we work together to develop and move forward with a comprehensive plan to address this challenge, we are building a model for success right here in Racine that other communities can follow.

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