Behavioral health move helps integrate services

The Centers for Independence has launched a new visual identity and mission and vision statements, which better capture CFI’s commitment to the community.

The new logo uses calming colors to reflect our commitment to a trauma-informed approach to care. The colors overlap to illustrate the integration of our programs, and the arrow indicates directing clients toward a better future.

The CFI logo is part of a family of logos created for all of our affiliates, the Milwaukee Center of Independence (MCFI), Home Care, First Person Care Consultants, and iLIFE.

“Our updated logos embody CFI’s new mission and vision, which focus on our commitment to total health – that of the individual and the community,” said Teri Zywicki, CEO and President.


The new identity comes at a time when CFI is moving toward more fully integrating services and providing more and more services directly in the community.

To that end, its behavioral health division, Whole Health Clinical Group, will be moving from its offices at 932 S. 60th St. in West Allis to CFI’s main campus, 2020 W. Wells St., Milwaukee.

“This move will allow us to offer more services under one roof,” said John Chianelli, vice president of Whole Health. “Many of our behavioral health clients can benefit from other CFI services, such as employment support and placement. It’s a great way for us to live our new mission of partnering with individuals to advance their total health.”

Chianelli said his staff has been working with clients to make the transition to the new location as seamless as possible.

Zywicki said the decision to relocate the Whole Health division makes sense. More staff are working remotely and in the community, so consolidating program space and strengthening integration of care will allow us to better serve all of our clients.

For more than 80 years, the Centers for Independence has strengthened communities by helping people advance their total health. CFI integrates health care and social services, and its commitment to total health with a trauma-informed care approach results in a framework of wellness that improves lives, families, and communities. Please visit for more information.

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Focus on mental health
Recently, John Chianelli, vice president of CFI's behavioral health division, participated in a panel discussion on mental health's renewed importance following COVID-19.

Grateful for family's bequest, Bader

The MCFI Foundation was blessed with a generous bequest from Milan and Gordana Racic, who have been past supporters of the agency. We sincerely appreciate their generosity and extend our condolences to all their friends and family.

With support from people like the Racics, MCFI is able to provide many of the programs and services people turn to.

We are also grateful to Bader Philanthropies for its $20,000 gift to support our medical day care. Established in 2006, our medical day care serves children and toddlers with complex medical conditions. It is the only community-based skilled nursing service for children in Milwaukee certified by Medicaid. It is also the only program that has earned the Joint Commission gold-seal accreditation, an internationally recognized quality certification for health-care organizations.

MCFI, an affiliate of the Centers for Independence, is driven by a sense of continuous improvement, always looking for innovative new services and programs that can meet and flex with any individual’s needs.
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