Mental Health & Wellness Services

Making health and wellness services accessible to the community.

The Social Development Commission (SDC) is committed to making a variety of health and wellness services accessible to children and adults.

In the United States, nearly one out of five adults live with a mental illness. Sometimes, symptoms show up at a young age. Early diagnosis and treatment are critical.

For individuals living in poverty, an overwhelming majority report mental and psychosocial concerns. Childhood poverty often leads to lower achievement in school and also behavioral outbreaks. Poverty in adulthood is linked to depression, anxiety disorders, substance use for coping, and suicide. Finding treatment for mental health concerns isn’t always a top priority or affordable for low-income individuals.

SDC operates a state-certified outpatient treatment program to address substance use disorders and mental health concerns. SDC’s staff provides outpatient screening, intake, clinical assessments, counseling, advocacy and referral assistance as needed. Individual, group, and family therapy are also available.

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Substance Use Disorder
Prescription Assistance

Substance Use Disorder education, assessments, counseling and treatment are available to Milwaukee County youth between the ages of 8-19.

Download SDC’s Mental Health & Wellness Services Flyer.

Counseling & Wellness Clinic

SDC operates a state-certified outpatient treatment program for both substance use disorder and mental health concerns.

Our approach is always strength-based, solution-focused, and wellness-oriented for our participants. Family participation is encouraged. Our counselors provide education, support, referral assistance and advocacy as needed.

The Substance Use Disorder program is a state-certified community substance abuse program which allows SDC to provide treatment to all youth participants.


Program services include:

  • Outpatient treatment including individual, and group counseling, case management, referrals, consultations, case coordination, advocacy and support for youth.
  • Anger Management counseling for youth in one-on-one or group sessions.
  • Prevention, Intervention and Education services include:
    • Educational presentations within Milwaukee Public Schools, alternative schools, choice/charter schools and other community settings.
    • Parent and family Substance Use Disorder education includes presentations, workshops and referrals for parents of at-risk youth.


Provided by or supervised by licensed clinical staff

  • Drug Urine-Screen testing for identified Substance Use Disorder clients
  • Celebrating Creativity via Alternative Therapies and Expression
  • Outpatient treatment for Substance Use Disorder and/or other mental health concerns *Service provided through individual, group and family supportive counseling, referrals, consultations, case coordination advocacy and ongoing support for youth.

Participants are also encouraged to take action by expressing their creativity through art, music, poetry, a letter, story, theater, mind body awareness and yoga.

For more information, please contact: Counseling & Wellness Clinic 414.906.2793 or 414.906.2794 or email

Prescription Assistance

What is the Prescription Advocacy & Referral Service (PARS)?

For many people who do not qualify for federal or state health insurance and are unable to pay for their prescription medications, the decision to pay for medication is often secondary to the need to pay for food or housing. Patients who require daily medications often take their medication every other day or cut their pills in half.

The existence of prescription medication assistance programs is known to many people, but the complexity of the enrollment process discourages many eligible patients from applying.

The Prescription Advocacy & Referral Service (PARS) program was created to guide patients through the application process, and enable them to more easily receive prescription medications.

The Prescription Advocacy & Referral Service is a free service provided to income-eligible clients.

Clients are provided assistance in obtaining free or low-cost prescription medications from participating pharmaceutical companies.


The support provided by the PARS program coordinator will include assisting clients with completing and submitting the necessary paperwork and documentation to the pharmaceutical companies with prescription assistance programs that carry the medication(s) they need.

Once clients are approved by the pharmaceutical companies, they will receive the medication(s) through their clinic/physician who prescribed the medication. the coordinator will also assist with refills.

No medications will be mailed to SDC or kept on the premises at SDC at any time. PARS will also establish relationships with local clinics and physicians’ offices for the purpose of receiving client referrals for the program and obtaining the necessary client information for processing applications.

The PARS coordinator is also trained to assist with enrollment in health care insurance and FoodShare.



  1. Clients must possess a prescribed medication provided by their doctor or clinic.
  2. Clients must call or come in to see the PARS coordinator to make arrangements to start the process of completing the necessary paperwork and providing the necessary documentation requested by the pharmaceutical company.
  3. The PARS Program Coordinator will submit the completed paperwork to the pharmaceutical company.
  4. After approval, the pharmaceutical company will mail the medication to the client’s doctor or clinic.



The main goal of the PARS program is to ensure clients are receiving and taking their medication(s) as directed, so that their health is not compromised. Secondary goals include:

  • Monetary savings for enrollees
  • Healthy behavior changes
  • An increase in health outcomes

Questions or inquiries can be directed to the PARS Program Coordinator at the following address or call 414.906.2306:

PARS Program Coordinator
Social Development Commission
1730 W. North Avenue
Milwaukee, WI  53205

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Supportive Services

We are here to help those individuals and families find their pathway to success. We encourage you to check out some of our other services that may help you find your path, especially during these troubling times.

CR-Social Development Commission is an Equal Opportunity Employer and Service Provider and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, political affiliation or belief. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities. If you need this information interpreted to a language you understand or in a different format, please contact Jennifer Harris, Equal Opportunity Officer, at 414-906-2784 or Callers who are deaf or hearing or speech-impaired may reach us at Wisconsin Relay Number 711.

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