Awards & Recognitions

WI State Public Defender’s Office Eisenberg Award (2017)

Wraparound Milwaukee was pleased to be honored with the distinction of the Eisenberg Award from The Wisconsin State Public Defender’s Office (SPD). Per SPD, the Eisenberg Award is granted to those individuals or entities who have had a substantial impact on the “indigent defense community, the rights of our poorest citizens and/or the criminal justice system”. The award is named in honor of Dean Howard Eisenberg, whose powerful career had a substantial impact on the practice of law.


Milwaukee Police Department Merit Award (2017)

Mobile Urgent Treatment Team was recognized with a Merit Award certificate from Edward Flynn, Chief of Police for Milwaukee Police Department, for our community partnership in training their officers, as well as for the work of our mobile team and other outreach efforts.


National Staff Development and Training Association Quality Award (2016)

The 2016 Scholarship and Awards Committee of the National Staff Development and Training Association (NSDTA) in partnership with the American Public Human Services Association has awarded Wraparound Milwaukee the 2016 NSDTA Quality Award. Wraparound Milwaukee was nominated for an award for the training and curriculum that new Care Coordinators receive.  Here’s a link to the American Public Human Services Association’s website for more information:


Innovations in American Government Award (2009)

Since 1986, the Innovations in American Government Awards has recognized over 400 public sector initiatives that forward innovative practices that benefit citizens.

Chosen from an initial pool of nearly 700 applicants, the National Selection Committee used the following criteria to determine the 2009 Innovations winners:

  • Novelty – Degree to which the program demonstrates a leap of creativity
  • Significance – Degree to which the program successfully addresses an important problem of public concern
  • Effectiveness – Degree to which the program has achieved tangible results
  • Transferability – Degree to which the program, or aspects of it, shows promise of inspiring successful replication by other governmental entities

Wraparound Milwaukee’s Achievements: The program has achieved notable results over its 14-year history and reports significant cost-savings.

  • In 2007, the average monthly cost to place a youth at a traditional Wisconsin treatment center was over $8,000. Due to Wraparound’s lessened use of residential options, Wraparound’s average care cost was nearly $4,000 over the same period.
  • Wraparound cites a drop in residential placements since its inception: from 375 youth placements in 1996 to 90 placements in 2008.
  • The program argues such reduced utilization of costly inpatient and often last-resort services allows mental health workers to focus more on improved treatment. Clinical scores incorporating feedback from youth, families, and clinicians note an average 20 point improvement of clinical health indicators of treated youth.

In addition to receiving a grant to share its innovative practices for individualizing the treatment of youth through family involvement and a unified set of services, as one of the six government initiatives honored as Innovations in American Government 2009 Award winners, Wraparound Milwaukee is featured in the 2010 Visionaries video, a PBS-produced documentary highlighting all six award winners. Click here to view the video: PBS “Visionaries” Episode with Wraparound Milwaukee


President’s New Freedom Report (2003)
Click on the link for the 2003 President’s New Freedom Report Commission on Mental Health.