Mental Health Block Grant Contract
Stable Life, Inc.
In 2009, Stable Life was awarded a contract with the State of Wisconsin to provide Funding and
Financial Monitoring of Peer Run Recovery Centers. Through this contract we work with 12 MHBG
Funded Peer Run organizations around the state who receive MHBG Funding. For more information
on the Wisconsin Mental Health Block Grant visit the WI Council on Mental Health site at http://www.
mhc.state.wi.us/ and click on MHBG.
To promote education and understanding of this funding we have attached the consumer contracts:
Mental Health Block Grant Funded Peer Run Recovery Centers in Wisconsin:
1917 Winnebago Street
Madison, WI 53704
Cornucopia is and Arts and Wellness Recovery Center serving adults with mental health concerns that offers the self-healing opportunity of artistic expression in a community
setting. Cornucopia offers both structured classes and open studio time, providing supplies that are needed for arts and crafts activities and workshops. We provide twice yearly
opportunities to present art work in gallery shows.
Cornucopia also provides a number of support and wellness groups, a monthly program meeting and a variety of life skills classes and workshops designed to assist with self-
esteem, anti-stigma and advocacy, work skills and other topics of interest to mental health consumers. We offer a full computer lab equipt with computers and printers. One on
one goals driven peer counseling is also available upon request.
Cornucopia offers a variety of social activities including holiday parties, community field trips and picnics and provides a place for spontaneous social contact and the making of
Cornucopia is open Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 10:00 am until 3:00 pm. Wednesdays we offer extended hours untill 7:00 pm. Workshops are often
scheduled on Saturdays and we are open for Program Meetings and Consumer Forums in the evening.
Cornucopia sends out a monthly newsletter to members and members of the community, offering articles of interest, displays of member art work and member writings.
Membership with Cornucopia is $36 a year, though support groups and program meetings are open to the general public.
Cornucopia is governed and staffed by mental health consumers and participates with a number of Madison, WI agencies to better furnish the needs of those in Madison and the
surrounding areas that live with mental health issues. We offer volunteer opportunities to learn new skills, the opportunity to share skills and community. Come join us
Friendship Connection, Inc.
102 West Sixth Street
Friendship, WI 53934
The Friendship Connection, Inc. is organized for educational and charitable purposes. The mission of the Friendship Connection is to support the journey of personal growth,
holistic healing and recovery through peer support, education and friendship in a safe, loving and caring environment; a "Greenhouse for the Mind".
At Friendship Connection, we believe that in order for a person to be mentally healthy, they need financial health, physical health and spiritual health as well. We offer a wide range
of activities to serve these needs including but not limited to:
- Support groups
- Life skills workshops
- Financial management workshops
- Healthy Relationships series
- Cooking classes
- Wii Bowling
- Women's Film Series
- Coffee Klutch social gathering time
- Birthday Party
- Bird Lovers Club
- Computer Tutor
- Pet Therapy
We publish a monthly calendar/newsletter highlighting our activities and promote events for other organizations in our area. The calendar/newsletter is currently available at 12
area locations in Adams, Friendship and the Town of Rome to our north. Within the next several months we will have the capability to e-mail our newsletter and we are excited
We encourage you to call for more information. We can be reached at 608-339-6810 or 608-564-7567.
Drop us an e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Let us know if you'd like to be on our e-mailing list!!!
The Gathering Place
1001 Cherry Street
Green Bay, WI 54301
The Gathering Place, Inc. is a recovery center for adults with severe and persistent mental illnesses and co-occurring disorders located in Green Bay, serving North Eastern
Wisconsin. The Gathering Place is very unique from other mental health services in Brown Co. as it is operated 100% by individuals who receive mental health services.
The Gathering Place was founded in 1996. The Gathering Place has a legacy of success. With our documented volunteer hours, attendance and hours of operation, we are
recognized as one of the longest standing and most structured consumer-run organizations in the State of Wisconsin. Membership is free. The Gathering Place has served over
The Gathering Place incorporates the core values of peer support, education, advocacy and collaboration in its daily programming to include; Peer support group, NAMI
Connections, and Lifeskills presented by NEW Curative. Ladies’ tea and Coffee Haus night offer structured opportunities to socialize. Expressive arts therapy classes are popular.
The house has a computer lab with Internet access, an art gallery and a lending library of educational books and DVD’s.
We provide community outreach through a bi-monthly newsletter, brochures and various speaking engagements. We offer volunteer opportunities and recognition and
scholarships to conferences and trainings.
The Gathering Place fulfills its mission on a daily basis. The Gathering Place has an impact on members who achieve recovery and are able to share their success stories.
Services of The Gathering Place have an impact in the community, as we show that people with mental illnesses can and do lead quality lives in the community, which helps to
eradicate the pervasive stigma that surrounds mental illnesses.
Genesis 1990, Inc.
PO Box 421
220 Fourth Avenue
Ashland, WI 54806
Horizons of Jefferson County
116 North Main Street
Fort Atkinson, WI 53538
Independent Living Resources
4439 Mormon Coulee Road
La Crosse, WI 54601
149 East Mill Street
Richland Center, WI 53581
Rave (Recovery Avenue)
1806 State Street
La Crosse, WI 54601
Independent Living Resources is committed to community diversity, through advocacy, choice, and education, resulting in the empowerment for individuals with disabilities.
Services include information and referral, advocacy, peer support, and skills training.
NAMI Washington County / Positive Image Center
PO Box 1074
2030 Stonebridge Road
West Bend, WI 53095
(262)306-7541 Positive Image Center
(262)338-2393 NAMI Washington County
http://www.nami-positiveimage.org/apps/calendar/ (Link to Calendar)
Groups at Our Positive Image Center:
Dinner Night and Birthday Dinner
Dinner Nights are held the 2nd and 4th Monday of each month at 5 PM. People are invited to come early and enjoy each other’s company. Mary Jean Matti coordinates this activity
and features home style cooking with healthy choices. Snacks are served ahead of time. For Birthday celebration night people must sign up ahead of time. Dessert and ice
cream is served. There is always a large group from 24-32 people.
Arts and Crafts Group
This group is led by Jane Kleinowski from 1:30-3:00 PM on Tuesdays. The group does a variety of art projects, anywhere from beading, to painting, to floral arrangements, and
includes various arts and grafts projects. They all just love it!
Tuesday evenings from 5:30-7:00 PM the Wii games are led by Paul Nigh. Some of the games include bowling, or your own personalized Wii characters. It is good for exercise
and fun. The play station and game cubes are also utilized.
Depression Bi-Polar Group
The Depression Bi-Polar Group is held on Tuesday nights from 7-8:00PM and is led by Sharon Hubbard. This group varies in size and is designed to bring people together who
are designated with a mental illness. They share in discussion, support, and offer encouragement to each other.
Anxiety Reduction Group
This group is led by Chris Sigl. Our goal in anxiety reduction is to reduce our unhealthy anxiety through the authentic unconditional selfless loving acceptance of each person in our
group. That is-as a group leader I strongly feel that the deepest need (including me) is to be honestly accepted as he or she is. That is- as we peel back all the layers of labels- we
humans are not really defined by any illness or what we do- but rather we humans are defined by who we are. That is- we are all human at the most fundamental level. So things
like behavior modification are only externals which really do not address the heart of the issue. At the core of things like unhealthy anxiety-really lies unhealthy fear-and driving out
that fear with good old-fashioned unconditional selfless loving acceptance-will eliminate the unhealthy fear and anxiety-at least for the moment. Thus as mental health consumers-
accepting each other as equals and as we are-can have a much more profound and deeper healing that externals things like behavior modification.
Deb Mohr leads the Bingo group. It is a time to relax and have fun. She usually has 15 or more People attending the group. Gifts are given for special winners.
Ri-Discovery is led by Mary Jean Matti and Peter Miller. Kathy also subs for group leaders. It is held on Saturdays from 10-11:30 AM. It is based on Dr. Low’s book “Mental Health
Through Will Training” and is actually updated to meet people of today’s needs. A workbook is used and readings are taken from “The Wisdom of Dr. Low”. Members of the group
learn to recognize their symptoms through spotting tempers and they learn the Basic RI Tools, which aid a person greatly in methods of how to handle their symptoms.
This is a new group being offered by Ali and Annie. It is pretty much an exercise based game and includes healthy exercise at the same time as having fun and learning dance
Games R Us
This is a new group just getting off its feet. A new time is being worked on. The leader brings several games, from chess to checkers, or any other game participants would like to
11 East Eau Claire Street
Rice Lake, WI 54868
New Directions 2000, Inc. is a non-profit organization that operates as a drop in center for adults with mental health issues in Barron and Washburn counties.
Hours of operation are Monday – Friday from 10:00 A.M. – 3:00 P.M.
We are organized for both charitable and educational purposes. New Directions offers both formal recovery groups and informal social activities designed to help mental health
consumers, their families and the community deal with the challenges presented by mental illness. We offer adults hopeful and healing alternatives to the stigma and isolation
that too often prevent mental health recovery.
New Directions offers free services to the public that include formal recovery groups, educational activities and informal peer support groups. We have on staff two trained Peer
Specialists who offer one on one peer support. We also offer a variety of recreational activities free, or at much reduced rates, that help promote mental wellness and recovery.
Our Mission: We are dedicated to providing a place that promotes mental health and wellness through social interaction with peers. We encourage each other to move in the
direction of hope, success and a brighter future, thus helping adults to live full productive lives within the community. We focus on abilities, not disabilities.
Our motto explains the essence of our mission: “We help rebuild lives..
Our History: The roots of our organization go back to 1980 when a group of consumers began to meet informally twice a month in the lower level of the Northland Care Nursing
Home, (now known as Heritage Manor), in Rice Lake, WI. This was the beginning of the consumer support concept center. A variety of educational and recreational groups was
begun at this center and initially was facilitated by the Barron County CSP staff. Services also included Psychiatry office hours and Nursing services. The Consumer Support
Center was moved in 1996 to 425 Tainter Avenue in Rice Lake, WI. The building originally was part of a Lutheran church and then it evolved into being used as a Group Home
setting for a number of years before closing down. As of January 1, 2000 Northern Pines Unified Services was no longer around based upon some decisions by the county boards
in five area counties. Through the efforts of a local peer support group the Consumer Support Center continued under the name of “New Directions 2000”. This group formed a
Consumer board, and received non-profit status in 2000. New Directions 2000 have been consumer-run since and currently has over 125 members, with an eleven member
board and approximately 30 volunteers helping to keep the doors open and available to area consumers and families. In the spring of 2011 we moved to a newer, more
convenient location in the Downtown Professional Building, 11 E. Eau Claire Street in Rice Lake, WI.
Partners in Empowerment
1201 Tenth Street
LaCrosse, WI 54601
Rosebud & Friends
100 North Bridge Street, #101
Chippewa Falls, WI 54729
9455 Watertown Plank Road
Milwaukee, WI 53226
515 South Barstow Street, Ste 117
Eau Claire, WI 54701
The Wellness Shack is a consumer-controlled, peer support recovery center that provides programs and support to adults with mental health concerns. We have been serving the
area for over six years. Support groups and programs change as we try to serve diverse needs with the help of staff, volunteers, and interns. Some groups are permanent. For
example, our general support group has been meeting on Thursday night from 6:30 to 8:00 for many years. Other groups are for a limited duration. For example, we usually have
a couple of anxiety/depression groups each year. Those groups meet once a week for six to eight weeks. We have often had art classes and craft groups.
Current regular hours are: M, T, W, F from 1:00 to 6:00; Th from 1:00 to 8:00. Many people stop in just for sanctuary, support, and to use our computer room. Please, stop by; find
the courage to get healthier!
Notice for MHBG Funded Organizations:
If your organization receives over $5,000 in cash or in kind donations (including goods and professional service
hours) you must register with the Wisconsin Department of Regulation and Licensing.
Click here to download the instructions.
Click here to download Stable Life's registration application.