Mental Health Matters

April 2019

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Information, Resources, Upcoming Events

Ripon Area School District would like to share information and resources so that we as a community feel we can keep our children safe and well. Below you will find:

  • Information about reporting suspected abuse or neglect
  • What Can We Do To Help?
  • Ways To Get Involved and Upcoming Events
  • Community Mental Health Resource Booklet and Guide which contain:
**Mental Health Contacts At Our Schools and In the Community
**Drug, Alcohol, Domestic Violence Resources
**Disability Related Services
**Help Meeting Basic Needs (Economic Assistance, Health Care, Food, Clothing, Housing, Transportation)
**Community Meals, Local Churches
**Educational and Family Fun Activities
**Online Resources

Child Abuse & Neglect

What is child abuse? Child abuse is the physical, sexual, or emotional maltreatment of a child by a parent, family member, other caregiver or non-caregiver.

What is neglect? Neglect occurs when a parent or caregiver refuses or is unable, for reasons other than poverty, to provide the necessary care, food, clothing, medical or dental care to the extent that it seriously endangers the physical health of the child.

REPORTING: Certain individuals are “mandated reporters”; this means they are legally obligated to report suspected abuse and neglect of any child they see in the course of their professional duties. These include professionals such as law enforcement officials, medical and mental health professionals, teachers, counselors, school administrators, social and child care workers, etc.

ANYONE can report suspected abuse and neglect– this is done by calling the Department of Social Services (or Department of Human Services) in the county in which the alleged abuse/neglect took place. If you are experiencing abuse or neglect, please report or tell a trusted, safe adult.


TO REPORT SUSPECTED ABUSE/NEGLECT CALL:

- Fond du Lac County Access Unit/Child Protective Services @ 920-929-3400

- Green Lake County Health & Human Services @ 920-294-4070

You can also contact local law enforcement if there is an emergency need for assistance.


What happens when I make a report about suspected abuse or neglect?

· You could save a child’s life.

· Reporting may open the door for families to receive resources or services they desperately need.

· You could prevent further abuse or neglect.

· You will speak to an intake worker when you call. They will listen to your concerns; share as much detail as you can. Be prepared to share names, addresses, phone number of the child, and also the name of the parent or caregiver. You can make the report anonymously unless you are a mandated reporter. Mandated reporter must provide their name however this information is not shared out beyond the agency.

· If your report is screened in, a social worker will follow up with everyone involved to gather more information. Reporting does not automatically result in children being removed from their homes. Sometimes families are connected with supports and services that will help them function safely.

(information gathered from WI Dept. of Children & Families, FDL County Social Services)

RESOURCES IN RIPON AND SURROUNDING AREAS

RIPON AREA RESOURCE GUIDE

The guide contains more information about each resource, as well as links to click on to navigate to the information you are seeking.

What Can We Do To Help?

All children benefit from time spent with positive role models and trusted, caring adults. Consider becoming a Big Brother or Big Sister through Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Fond du Lac County! Big Brothers/Big Sisters is currently seeking adult mentors to spend one hour a week eating lunch and playing games with a child at Barlow Park Elementary School. For more information call 920-922-8200.
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Ripon Community Coalition For Youth Mental Health

The Coalition's vision is to create a strong, unified community of resilient families. The Coalition meets the third Thursday of every month at 4:30. Meeting locations vary so please check the Facebook page.

UPCOMING EVENT- MAY 2, 2019, RHS LOBBY AND AUDITORIUM

RASD will be holding its first ever Mental Health Resource Fair from 4:30-5pm on May 2nd right before nationally-known developmental pediatrician and author Dr. Mark Bertin takes the stage to speak about how children thrive.
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