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2017 FOCUS Conference Reminder:  Register Now!

Registration Closes Monday, November 6th

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS), Division of Quality Assurance (DQA), is pleased to announce the registration is now open for the 16th Annual FOCUS Conference!

Special Session

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

"The Art and Science of Diabetes Management"

Keynote: Beverly Thomassian- “Beyond Sliding Scale – Diabetes Management Strategies for Mature Audiences.”

FOCUS 2017 Conference

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Teach, Learn, Collaborate

Keynote: Michael A. Gillette, Ph.D - “Ethics in Long Term Care.”

Register and Review Breakout Session Descriptions now at the Conference Registration webpage

For additional conference details visit the DHS FOCUS Webpage.  
For Registration Questions, please contact UW-Stevens Point Continuing Education at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 800-898-9472.  
For Content or Breakout Session Questions, please contact Leann Graffin at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 608-267-1438.


Wisconsin Public Psychiatry Network Teleconference

The Wisconsin Public Psychiatry Network Teleconference (WPPNT) is sponsored by the Department of Health Services, Division of Care and Treatment Services, and UW-Madison, Department of Psychiatry.

WPPNT is a professional development series that supports efforts to have a workforce of practitioners that believes clients should be at the center of their health, treatment, and recovery. The teleconference aims to disseminate big ideas and practical information to a diverse network of providers, consumers, family members, and other interested community members.

All are welcome to participate free of charge. Participants typically have professional roles supporting individuals living with serious mental illness and/or substance use disorders. The WPPNT provides needed ongoing education opportunities for a variety of fields including social work, nursing, psychiatry, certified peer specialists, counselors, and therapists. It reaches an audience of over 1,000 people each session. Sessions are held from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. every other Thursday.

Listening to the teleconference with a group of colleagues is encouraged. Continuing education hours are available.

Join the Email List!

Receive updates on the teleconference series(link is external)

**Registering for the teleconference does not add you to the email list.**

 List of TeleConference Mental Health Series

Questions? Call 608-261-6743 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..






Register Now for Now Is The Time Conference

Improving Supports for Wisconsin’s Youth and Young Adults

All adults are encouraged to attend this FREE event September 5-6, 2017, at UW-Whitewater. Registration is required. CEUs are available at no charge. 

Keynote Speakers

  • Debra Cady (September 5)
  • Kevin Breel (September 6)


September 5

8:00-9:15 a.m. - Registration
9:15-9:30 a.m. - Welcome
9:30-11:00 a.m. - Keynote
11:15-12:15 p.m. - Breakout 1
12:15-1:15 p.m. - Lunch
1:30-2:30 p.m. - Breakout 2
3:00-4:00 p.m. - Breakout 3

September 6

8:00-9:30 a.m.- Breakfast/Keynote
9:45-10:45 a.m. - Breakout 4
11:00-12:00 p.m. - Breakout 5
12:00-1:00 p.m. - Lunch
1:15-2:15 p.m. - Breakout 6

Breakout Session Topics

The following is a list of some of the topics to be presented in the breakout sessions.

  • Compassion fatigue, resilience, self-care for service providers
  • Developing an Alternatives to Suicide peer support group 
  • Empowering youth as self and community advocates
  • Encouraging young people to stand up, speak out, and break the silence around suicide, bullying, mental illness, drugs, and alcohol
  • Helping youth learn to forgive in order to forge positive relationships
  • Mental health issues among LGBTQ youth
  • Providing strength-based, trauma-informed supervision for crisis workers
  • Social media, body image, suicide prevention/awareness, self-esteem
  • Strategies for coping with a mental illness/suicidal ideation
  • Tools and strategies for building self-healing communities
  • Transition 101 for those who are new to transition work
  • Transition to adulthood for students with disabilities
  • Transitioning youth to adult health care
  • Trauma-informed care
  • Understanding adolescent/young adult brain development
  • Using developmental relationships to create connections
  • Ways to empower young adults involved in the criminal justice system
  • Youth civic engagement and how to develop leadership

Important Notes

  • Free parking
  • Free lunch and snacks on September 5
  • Free breakfast, lunch, and snacks on September 6

Registration Form

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services has partnered with UW-Whitewater to host this event. It is part of the Youth Empowered Solutions initiative. This event is made possible through a grant from the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration, (NITT-HT) grant, CFDA93.243.

Membership Meeting September 20th, 2017 10:00 am to 3:00 pm


We have put together a very special membership meeting for September at the Chula Vista Resort in the Wisconsin Dells. We hope you will join us as you will have an opportunity to hear directly from the Executive Director of Seneca Re-Ad who will be presenting the details of their case and its implications for all 14(c) providers. We are also exhilarated to include Philadelphia Insurance as they touch on the topic of abuse and neglect prevention. In addition, a demonstration and training seminar will be provided regarding how to handle media contacts after an unfortunate incident.

This meeting will be sponsored by our longtime partner TRICOR Insurance. They will be providing the conference space, as well as the wonderful lunch we will have the opportunity to enjoy.These meetings are free and open for all members to enjoy. Thank you all in advance for your attendance and support.

After the meeting has drawn to a close, please join us for Drinks and Karaoke at the bar. We have arranged for a night of fun and music that should be a wonderful conclusion to the day. Karaoke will be available from 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm hosted by Band-In-A-Box Karaoke

Hotel Booking Information

We have established a hotel room block for your convenience. If you are looking to book a room, it is best to make the reservation by calling their reservations line directly. The reservations number is (608) 678-3119 *Press 2 for group reservations. Our group booking code is G01282. The room block is available for booking beginning Tuesday, September 19th – Wednesday, September 20th with a departure date of Thursday, September 21st. Our contract permits the reservation of Tower Jr. Suites only at the rate of 99.00 per evening. If you book a different room type, you will not be provided the group room rate.

Room accommodations include:

  • Two queen-size beds or one king-size bed
  • Semi-private living area with sofa sleeper
  • Split bath features separate vanity and sink
  • Microwave
  • Coffee maker
  • Snack Refrigerator
  • TV
  • Table

 September 20th, 2017 10:00 am to 3:00 pm

Our program will be taking place in the Grand Ballroom.

Grand Ballroom

Chula Vista Resort

2501 River Rd, Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965

Reservations: (608) 678-3119 *Press 2 at directory

Group Reservations Code: G01282




Autism Resource Training Event – September 14, 2017
The Southeast Wisconsin Training Initiative will be hosting an Autism Resource Training Event on September 14 at Serb Hall in Milwaukee. This is a great opportunity to learn from experts at a very low cost of $30.00.

To learn more, click here.