RISE welcomed visitors from the Norwegian Delegation on April 4, 2018. Visiting Wisconsin to learn more about Trauma-Informed Care, the Norwegian Delegation met with RISE staff to tour the organization and to hear how the agency implements this care in programming.

First Lady Tonette Walker initiated the visit from the Norwegian Delegation through her initiative, Fostering Futures. During their visit to Wisconsin, the delegation observed several organizations including Waupaca County Health & Human Services Department, the Menominee Tribal Keshena School, and the Sojourner Family Peace Center in Milwaukee, among others. Thanks to the efforts of many organizations, Wisconsin has become a global leader in Trauma-Informed Care. The members from the Norwegian Delegation hope to take what they have learned from Wisconsin and implement this approach in Norway.

Following their visits with these organizations, the Norwegian Delegation was invited to an event at the Pfister Hotel in Milwaukee. Panelists came together to continue the conversation surrounding this important topic. Paula Buege, Family & Consumer Advocate at RISE, participated as a panelist.

“Being a panelist, I shared my lived experience and my work as a peer specialist at RISE, highlighting our Trauma-Informed Care approach to service,” Buege said of the opportunity.

Executive Director, Scott Strong, shared his thoughts on the experience as well, “It was an honor to host a Delegation of Norwegian officials and share how RISE has implemented Trauma-Informed Care throughout the agency and in the services we provide. I appreciate Elizabeth Hudson and the Office of Children’s Mental Health for including RISE as a learning site for the delegation.”

RISE is proud to provide the community with programs that utilize Trauma-Informed Care. We look forward to continuing to work with fellow providers in ensuring the success of this important approach.

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