Wisconsin Children’s Walk-In Psychiatric Hospital Celebrates Anniversary

Tammy Makhlouf walks through Human Resources at the Craig Yabuki Mental Health Walk-In Clinic in Children's Wisconsin in early March.  Children who previously had pressing mental health issues would have been referred to an emergency room.  Now the children are being taken to the clinic

It’s a clinic like no other on the Children’s Wisconsin Hospital campus. There are no needles, no injections, no X-rays or prescriptions for medicines.

But since the Craig Yabuki Mental Health Walk-In Clinic opened its doors on Wednesday a year ago, nearly 1,000 children and young people ages 5 to 18 have been cared for by staff using two seemingly simple tools — talking and listening.

The clinic is the first of its kind in the state and offers children and young people experiencing a mental health crisis the opportunity to meet immediately with a social worker or licensed mental health practitioner. No appointment is required.

The operation of the clinic could not be more up-to-date. Doctors across the state are seeing a rise in children with mental health issues, intense behavioral issues, and suicidal thoughts and attempts.

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