"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.
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.