Issue 9-11 | May 26, 2020
Spotlight On:
Rental Housing and Coronavirus: What’s Next?
Wisconsin’s temporary hold on evictions was put into place on March 26, 2020, to help residents maintain stable housing during the unpredictable and unprecedented times brought on by COVID-19. With the statewide ban on evictions now set to end on Tuesday, May 26, 2020, Community Advocates is experiencing a surge of calls from households still experiencing hardship who are worried or confused about what is next and how to get help. Here are some things landlords and tenants need to know.

Legal Aid Society of Milwaukee
Fighting Evictions This Summer
Legal Aid Society of Milwaukee will continue to help tenants who are at risk of eviction. Check out this video on what protections tenants currently have, and what they can do to stay in their home safely.
Tobacco Retailer Density Survey
The Wisconsin Tobacco Prevention and Poverty Network is conducting a public opinion poll to learn more about the impact of retailer density on Milwaukee residents. Take the survey at
Oneida Casino Reopens Smoke-Free
The Oneida Casino is reopening today in phases, but the big news is that it is reopening smoke-free . To learn more about how tribal casinos can be smoke free when they open their doors again, check out these webinars
Prevent Suicide Wisconsin 2020 Virtual Conference
September 8 & 9
Prevent Suicide Wisconsin’s annual conference is tentatively scheduled to be held virtually on September 8 and 9. Originally planned for April 28 and 29 in Wisconsin Dells, the conference will be held on Zoom to protect the health and safety of attendees. For details, click on this link.
Making Contact:
A Training for COVID-19 Contact Tracers
A new self-paced, online course from the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials and the National Coalition of STD Directors, Making Contact is a free, on-demand training for entry-level COVID-19 contact tracers. Making Contact: A Training for COVID-19 Contact Tracers   will support ongoing public health agency efforts to prepare new contact tracers for their work of helping identify COVID-19 positive cases and those they've been in close contact with.
Self-Care and Promoting Post-Traumatic Growth during Active Crisis Management
Wednesday, May 27
General concerns and anxieties can be difficult to manage during the best of situations, but what happens when you are trying to manage them during an international pandemic? This workshop will provide a brief overview on how anxiety can impact our general functioning, our functioning in crisis, and different strategies you can use to decrease the impact of anxiety on you during this unprecedented time in our country and lives. This free seminar is sponsored by National Council on Behavioral Health and will be held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, May 27, on Zoom. Register here .
Trauma-Informed Practices across School Settings
Wednesday, May 27
This webinar from the National Center for School Safety will address how to implement and adapt trauma-informed practices across school settings. During these unprecedented times, the social and emotional well-being of our students, parents, teachers, and administrators is of critical importance. Tools and strategies will be provided to address the social and emotional needs of the school community even while the school doors remain shut. Principals, teachers, parents, and mental health professionals will learn how to implement trauma-informed practices across all school settings, how to manage current challenges due to virtual learning, and provide support and access to care for yourself, your students, and your staff to improve the overall health of your school community. This free webinar will be held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, May 27. Get details and register here.
Administrative Burdens in the Time of COVID-19
Wednesday, May 27
UW-Madison’s Institute for Research on Poverty is offering this look at administrative burdens and how they may be limiting access to public programs while perpetuating long-standing inequalities. The webinar will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, May 27. Register here.
Helping Employees Thrive:
Mental Health a Top Priority during COVID-19
Thursday, May 28
HR Leaders and all managers play vital roles in supporting a healthy workforce. Join this panel of experts for a discussion on domestic violence, substance use disorders, and anxiety and depression in the face of the pandemic. Discussion topics include spike in mental health challenges, potential impact on your workforce, recognizing signs and symptoms of an employee who may be struggling, and communication strategies and techniques for supporting employees and providing resources. It’s presented by AXIS Communications, Metro Milwaukee SHRM, ASIS, and NAMI Greater Milwaukee. It’ll be held from 9 to 11 a.m. on Thursday, May 28. Register here.
NAMIWalks Your Way Greater Milwaukee: A Virtual Event
Saturday, May 30
NAMI's programs and advocacy are needed now more than ever, so if you are able please participate in their Virtual Walks on Saturday, May 30, on Mental Health for All: A National Day of Hope. You can walk a 5K, plan a fun day with your kids, practice self-care or however you want to do it. Get more details here.
PSGM Quarterly Coalition Partner Meeting
Friday, June 5
The Prevent Suicide Greater Milwaukee June quarterly meeting will be held via Zoom on Friday, June 5, from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Please RSVP to  so that you can receive the Zoom invitation. If you are willing to highlight some of the suicide prevention measures you are taking within your organization in light of COVID-19, please indicate that in your email as well.
Motivational Interviewing
Monday, June 22 & Monday, June 29
Join Share Training to explore how to hold space for those you serve. These two 4-hour sessions will begin your journey of learning Motivational Interviewing (MI) from a trauma-informed lens.

This workshop is designed for all human service professionals and leaders. The event is led by Shawn Smith, Certified MI Trainer, Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers member, Founder of  Share Training , and Co-Founder of the Alma Institute. Shawn has trained MI to thousands of professionals, including those serving in workforce development, criminal justice, health care, behavioral health, education, and youth services. CEUs available per WI - DSPS 166.10 including Psychologists. The trainings will be held on Zoom from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Monday, June 22 and Monday, June 29. Cost is $110. Click here for details and to register .
5th Annual Peer Recovery Conference: Thriving Amid Adversity
Thursday, August 13 & Friday, August 14
Mark your calendars for the 5th Annual Peer Recovery Conference held virtually on Zoom due to the coronavirus pandemic. Choose from 25 interactive breakout sessions. Additional conference information can be found here . Registration will open June 1. 
Office of Children’s Mental Health Fact Sheet
The state Office of Children's Mental Health has released a new fact sheet on prioritizing children’s mental health, including information on anxiety, impact on children from minority communities and what parents and policy-makers can do.
New Resource Documents for PPE Use and Conservation
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) has developed several new personal protective equipment (PPE) resource documents. These one-pagers provide recommendations on how to use and conserve PPE and are titled:

Social Distancing and Cancer Patients
The Wisconsin Cancer Collaborative has put together a fact sheet on the importance of protecting individuals being treated for cancer from COVID-19.
Overcoming Screen Fatigue
Nonprofit Hub offers tips on how to lessen screen fatigue and maintain energy and motivation while working at home. "Video calls are a lot more straining on the brain than any face-to-face conversation," they explain, then offer advice for handling computer challenges.
Tobacco and COVID-19 Toolkit
The Wisconsin Tobacco Prevention and Control Program has collected resources on tobacco and COVID-19. Check it out here .
Adolescent Health in Wisconsin
The Department of Health Services has updated its Adolescent Health Program webpage, which features a new resource on Teen Well Visits.
Adult Alcohol Use Data Dashboard
The Department of Health Services has updated its data dashboard on adult alcohol use in Wisconsin. Check it out at this link.
Black Queer Scholarships Available
Freedom, Inc had extended the deadline for two Black Queer Scholarships to June 1. There are two scholarships: one for youth, between 17 and 24 years old, and one for an adult 25 years and older. Applicants must be Black and identify as Queer-Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning, Intersex, Gender Fluid, Gender Nonconforming, or +. Get details here .
Rogers Behavioral Health Services
Rogers Behavioral Health offers specialized outpatient care for addiction or the combination of a mental health disorder and co-occurring addiction. Patients may be new to addiction treatment, returning after a relapse or stepping down from residential care. Rogers will guide patients through their ups and downs by using proven,  evidence-based approaches led by experts in psychiatry, addiction medicine, and mental health.
Rogers offers two levels of specialized outpatient treatment programs in addition to inpatient and residential care:

Partial hospitalization care - Now available through Connect Care (telehealth)
For addiction, and mental health disorders and a co-occurring addiction (6 to 7 hours a day/4 to 5 days a week)
​​​​​​Intensive outpatient care - Now available through Connect Care (telehealth)
For addiction, and mental health disorders and co-occurring addiction (3 hours a day, 5 days a week)

Patients, families, and treatment teams work together to determine length of programs based on individual progress and situations.

Patients receive intensive, daily therapy sessions at Rogers during the day or evening; depending on care length, you can remain connected to home, work or school.
Care includes general addiction treatment and medication-assisted options.

Call for a free screening at: 1-800-767-4411 or start online here .
Covering Wisconsin Health Insurance Help
If you have questions about your health insurance options, Covering Wisconsin can help—for free, over the phone. To make an appointment, call 414-270-4677 (Milwaukee) or 608-261-1455 (statewide) or go to Click here for FAQs about COVID-19 and health insurance coverage.
Community Advocates' COVID-19 Resource Pages
Home To Stay
Home To Stay is a new website full of resources for people returning from incarceration developed by the Milwaukee County Community Justice Council’s Milwaukee Reentry Council and the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development. New entries are being added, so check this site often.
Get Counted
The 2020 Census is underway and the most important thing you can do is respond when you receive your invitation. Responding now will minimize the need for the Census Bureau to send census takers out into communities to follow up. Go to   to be counted.
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