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Brave Heart Award

"Ordinary people doing extraordinary things, that is the focus of 'Brave Hearts: Heroes among us' an annual recognition event to benefit the American Red Cross in Southeastern Wisconsin. Through this event, we honor individuals who have demonstrated a single act, or continuous acts of heroism - who have either prevented life-threatening situations from occurring,  have come to the aid of another or have contributed to the safety of our community. People who embody the Red Cross spirit."

In 2009, the Walworth County Community Support Program (CSP) was honored with the Brave Heart Award in the category of Health Care, citing that "the nominee is involved in an ongoing situation in which a commitment is made to the community through an act(s) of kindness, courage or unselfishness in response to an identified need." The CSP was recognized for the following accomplishments since its advent in November 2006:

  • Created a dynamic shift in how consumers with severe and persistent mental illness are viewed and how services are provided.

  • Ensure least restrictive services are provided in order to give consumers more control over their lives and honor their right to self determination.

  • In the year prior to the implementation of CSP, there were 542 hospital bed days due to mental illness for current CSP consumers. In 2008, there were only 24 hospital bed days, or a 96% reduction.



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