To be paid over four years, the gift will help launch a multiyear strategy designed to expand access to mental health services for children and boost awareness of the impact a child's mental health has on his or her well-being. To that end, the health system will use the funds to expand school-based mental and behavioral health services, introduce new and refined screening tools, conduct mental health research, and launch an education and awareness-raising campaign.
Since 2000, Kohl's and Kohl's Cares have donated more than $15 million to Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, including grants in support of the Mission: Healthy Kids program, which helps children and families in the state learn how to eat right, stay fit, and feel positive about their bodies.
"We applaud the efforts Children's Hospital of Wisconsin is making to break down barriers and increase access to services and resources that support mental wellness by addressing stress, anxiety, trauma, depression, and other issues that so many kids across the country face today," said Kohl's CEO Michelle Gass.
"This incredibly generous gift will jumpstart numerous initiatives and expand programs that strengthen our mental health strategy," said Children's Hospital of Wisconsin president and CEO Peggy Troy. "We are so thankful that Kohl's believes in our vision that Wisconsin kids will be the healthiest in the nation — physically, mentally, and socially. Sadly, Wisconsin ranks extremely low in meeting the mental health needs of our kids."