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Sen. Baldwin meets La Crosse area leaders working on mental health needs



She called the discussion was inspiring.

Police, educators and the mayor of La Crosse got together with US Sen. Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin on Thursday, to discuss mental health programs that can help the community. 

Baldwin, who announced Wednesday she’d be running for reelection, took part in a roundtable meeting at the La Crosse Family and Children’s Center.

“What was so wonderful about this stop, and several others,” Baldwin said, “is how the community is coming together to rise to these challenges, even when there’s still shortages of resources, whether those are human or financial resources.”

The Democratic Senator took action in Washington putting $450,000 in the latest federal budget to provide the Family and Children’s Center to increase its mental health services.

La Crosse’s new police therapy dog, named Cheddar, made an appearance at the Family and Children’s Center on Thursday

Baldwin said she’s impressed with how local institutions collaborate to work on solutions, whether there’s much money to work with or not.

“These are collaborations that absolutely result in a stronger community, a healthier community, and frankly bottom-line, save lives,” Baldwin said.

Earlier in the day, Baldwin visited Durand, Wis., to check on an ambulance service project, which she helped provide $900,000 in federal money.

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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  1. Lucenut

    April 14, 2023 at 6:37 am

    Baldwin is an expert. She knows firsthand about being mentally ill.

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