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Why is Wisconsin sending hundreds of children out of state for mental health care?

By Will Cushman, WisContextMay 20, 2019

Lance Horozewski leads Rock County’s public agency that connects families and children to the support services they need. One difficult element of his work requires connecting particularly vulnerable kids to residential care centers where they can safely receive treatment for complex mental and emotional health needs.

In an ideal world, Horozewski and the county’s Division of Children, Youth and Families would find local facilities. In a less ideal but still acceptable scenario, he would look to place children within a short drive from their homes in southern Wisconsin. In reality, though, Horozewski is forced to send many children more than 600 miles south to a facility outside of Memphis, Tennessee.

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