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Catalpa Health introduces innovative program to treat children with severe anxiety disorders

APPLETON, Wis(Jan. 26, 2017) – Catalpa Health, a mental health and wellness service provider for children and adolescents in the Fox Valley, is launching a brand-new program that will assist children suffering from anxiety learn to cope with related symptoms and provide specialized, individualized treatment plans from certified Catalpa providers.

 

The STARS program, Specialized Treatment for Anxiety and Related Symptoms, is for children ages 3 to 18 who have diagnoses of OCD, Tourette syndrome or other tic disorders, selective mutism, trichotillomania, excoriation, or specific or social phobias. Three clinicians, who all received specialized training through the National Behavior Therapy Training Institute, comprise the STARS program team: Erin VandenLangenberg, PhD, MPH, LP; Kim Charniak, MSW, LCSW and Gina Leonardelli, LPC, NCC.

 

“Many children and teens with these kinds of disorders avoid the things they love to do because of their anxiety symptoms,” VandenLangenberg said. “They miss school or isolate themselves from their families and friends and, if not treated, they can continue to experience symptoms into adulthood. Our goal is to help reduce symptoms of these anxiety disorders early on and help kids improve their functioning and get back to everyday life.”

 

Part of the program includes a specialized exposure therapy room where patients work with providers to overcome fears.

 

Children and adolescents currently being treated by a Catalpa clinician can be referred to the STARS program through their therapist, and new Catalpa patients can call (920) 750-7000 to connect with a member of the team and get started.

 

For more information on the services provided by Catalpa Health, please visit www.catalpahealth.org.

 

Scott Radtke named Catalpa’s Clinic Operations Director

APPLETON, Wis(Dec. 8, 2016) – Catalpa Health has named Scott Radtke, LPC, its new clinic operations director. Radtke is stepping in for Greg Blume, MS, LCSW, who has served as operations director since Catalpa’s founding in 2012 and is retiring after nearly 40 years in the health care field.

As the clinic operations director, Radtke will be responsible for overseeing most of the day-to-day clinic operations as well as program development and implementation. Radtke has served as the manager for Catalpa’s Day Treatment program since February 2016. He has worked in the counseling field for 20 years and brings to his new role significant clinical and leadership experience as well as a passion and commitment to the mission and families served at Catalpa.

Radtke earned his bachelor’s degree in psychology as well as his master’s in counseling from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. Prior to working at Catalpa, he served as the associate dean of student health and wellness at Lawrence University. He will begin his new role as of December 26, 2016.  

For more information on the services provided by Catalpa Health, please visit www.catalpahealth.org.

Catalpa Health Day Treatment Center earns recertification from the State of Wisconsin

APPLETON, Wis. (Oct. 13, 2016) – The Catalpa Health Day Treatment Center has recently received recertification by the State of Wisconsin. The two-year certification is earned by centers that meet state standards in providing quality mental and behavioral health care to adolescents.

“Catalpa strives to provide quality and accessible mental health care to children and teens throughout the Fox Valley,” said Lisa Kogan-Praska, president and CEO of Catalpa Health. “Our Day Treatment Center offers youth a robust structure for mental health care.”

The Catalpa Health Day Treatment Center, located in Appleton, Wisconsin, opened its doors in September 2015 and provides a highly structured, nurturing environment, with ten- to twelve-week programs for grades 7 through 12. In addition to its structured programs, the Day Treatment Center has recently added a family night component which includes tutoring for teens, as well as support for their parents.

For more information on the services provided by Catalpa Health, please visit www.catalpahealth.org.

Catalpa Health continues to expand by adding three mental health therapists

(Appleton, Wis. – Sept. 24, 2014) – Catalpa Health recently added three mental health therapists to its care team. Two of these therapists will serve as United Way PATH providers within local schools.

Amanda Greening, LMFT, joined Catalpa Health as a mental health therapist who specializes in adjustment and family systems issues; depression; anxiety; grief and loss; low self-esteem; and behavioral and anger issues. Greening works with children and teens ages five to 18. She received her Master of Arts degree in clinical psychology with an emphasis in marriage and family therapy from Pepperdine University. Greening serves clients out of the Oshkosh treatment center.

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Danielle Schmidt, MA, LPC, is a mental health therapist who specializes in the treatment of ADHD; oppositional and defiant behaviors; family relationships; behavior management skills and mood stability. She sees clients ages three to 18 at the treatment center in Appleton and also provides school-based mental health services through the United Way PATH program. Schmidt received her Master of Arts degree in counseling from Lakeland College. She is a licensed professional counselor in the state of Wisconsin.

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Stephanie Diamond, LCSW, is a mental health therapist who will be providing school-based mental health services to children and teens through the United Way PATH program. She specializes in narrative attachment therapy, reactive attachment disorders, autism spectrum disorders, trauma, abuse and neglect. Diamond received her bachelor’s degree in social work from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee and her master’s degree in social work from Aurora University.

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Catalpa Health provides a full continuum of mental health, wellness and preventative services to children and adolescents in the Fox Valley. A collaboration of Affinity Health System, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin and ThedaCare, Catalpa Health believes in community partnerships and works with other mental health providers to ensure that all children are receiving the care they need.

Third annual Catalpa Health Race for a Reason scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 13

(Appleton, Wis. – Aug. 19, 2014) – The third annual Catalpa Health Race for a Reason presented by J. J. Keller Foundation, Inc. is scheduled to take place on Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014 at Fox Cities Stadium. Gates open at 10 a.m. with mini-Grand Prix kart races beginning at noon.

Races will feature drivers and pit crew members from businesses and organizations throughout the Fox Valley, with up to 30 teams participating in six different heats. Winners of those heats will move on to the semi feature. The feature race will include the top 10 karts, which will race for the championship title.

All teams will be competing for prizes in the following categories: best kart design, best uniform, pit crew challenge, top pledge-raising team and champion for kids race cup. Proceeds from the race directly benefit programs and services offered through Catalpa Health, the Fox Valley’s mental health clinic for children and teens.

Prior to racing, which kicks off at noon, the public is invited to walk through pit row to view the karts and vote for their favorites. Pit row will be open from 11 – 11:30 a.m. The expanded Kidz Zone tent will be open from 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Activities include kids games, facepainting, inflatables, radio controlled cars, driver simulators, a life-size Operation game, a Home Depot building project and appearances by ThedaStar and local law enforcement and safety vehicles. Following the races, which will wrap up at 2:30 p.m., Boxkar will take to the stage for the winner’s circle post party. The public is invited to stay and enjoy the concert, which concludes at 4:30 p.m.

General admission for the day is a five-dollar parking fee per vehicle.

“Race for a Reason is a fun and exciting event for our community; there is something for all ages to enjoy,” said Lisa Kogan-Praska, president and CEO of Catalpa Health. “It’s as important now as ever to break down the stigma surrounding mental illness. This event serves a dual purpose: we raise awareness and provide fun for the entire family. We are so thankful to everyone who makes this day possible.”

For more information, visit www.catalpahealth.org/about-us/race-for-a-reason, or find Race for a Reason on Facebook.

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About Catalpa Health
Catalpa Health provides a full continuum of mental health, wellness and preventative services to children and adolescents in the Fox Valley. A collaboration of Affinity Health System, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin and ThedaCare, Catalpa Health believes in community partnerships and works with other mental health providers to ensure that all children are receiving the care they need.

Catalpa Health adds four providers

(Appleton, Wis. – July 18, 2014) – Catalpa Health recently hired four providers including an intake specialist and three mental health therapists. Catalpa Health now has a total of 33 providers on staff.

Anne Whitney, MS, LPC, joined the Catalpa Health team as an intake specialist. She works with children and teens, ages 18 years old and younger. Whitney has special interest in anxiety, depression, crisis counseling, emotional and behavioral issues and low self-esteem. She received her bachelor’s degree in broad field social sciences and her master’s degree in counseling. Whitney works out of the Access Center in Appleton.

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Jennifer Bushman, MSW, LCSW, is a mental health therapist who specializes in treating those with anxiety, depression, issues from divorce, bullying, low self-esteem, trauma, anger, behavioral problems, grief/loss and ADHD. She sees clients ages eight through 18 years old. Bushman has special interest in helping clients understand the impact and outcomes of trauma and working with children who have autism spectrum disorders. She received her master’s degree in social work from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee and has been a licensed clinical social worker in the state of Wisconsin since 2011. Bushman works out of the Appleton treatment center.

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Jennifer Schinkten, MSW, LCSW, is a mental health therapist who specializes in treating those with depression, anxiety/OCD, self-harm issues, autism spectrum disorders and adjustment disorders; as well as those who are victim of physical or sexual abuse. She sees clients ages two through 18 years old. Schinkten has special interest in family dynamics, empowering clients to break the cycle of abuse, decreasing stressors that affect teens and fighting the increase in suicides among youth. She received her master’s degree in social work from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee and earned her undergraduate degree in criminal justice from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. Schinkten works out of the Oshkosh treatment center.

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Kim Charniak, MSW, LCSW, is a mental health therapist who specializes in treating those with ADHD, depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, tendencies to self-harm, mood disorders and oppositional and defiant behaviors, as well as helping with adolescent life transitions, career planning, social skills and strengthening family relationships. Charniak sees clients ages six to 18 years old. She has special interest in LGBTQ+ related issues. She earned her Bachelor of Social Work from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh and her Master of Social Work from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee. Charniak works out of the Appleton treatment center.

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Catalpa Health provides a full continuum of mental health, wellness and preventative services to children and adolescents in the Fox Valley. A collaboration of Affinity Health System, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin and ThedaCare, Catalpa Health believes in community partnerships and works with other mental health providers to ensure that all children are receiving the care they need.

Catalpa Health expands footprint into Oshkosh

(Appleton, Wis. – July 1, 2014) – Catalpa Health began offering mental health services to children, teens and their families in the Oshkosh area by opening the doors to its Oshkosh treatment center on July 1. The treatment center is located at 1821 Witzel Ave.

There are three master’s-level mental health therapists onsite, offering mental health therapy to children and teens, ages two to 18, as well as their families.

All initial evaluations for mental health therapy take place at Catalpa Health’s Access Center in Appleton, located at 442 N. Westhill Blvd. Following the evaluation, clients are matched with an appropriate mental health therapist based on specialization and timely access. Clients now have Oshkosh as a location option for receiving treatment.

“Our goal with expanding into Oshkosh is to continue carrying out our vision of offering mental health services to those who need it at the right time, in the right place, close to home,” said Lisa Kogan-Praska, president and CEO of Catalpa Health. “We are so grateful for the community support and collaboration, which continues to allow us to improve access and expand our services within our communities.”

The new treatment center has a “Catalpa café” look and feel. The idea is to make clients and their families feel welcome and relaxed during appointments.

“We offer coffee and juice at our coffee bar, free of charge, with light snacks,” Kogan-Praska said. “We want our clients to feel instant comfort when they walk through our doors. Our hope is to provide a calming environment to help decrease any anxiety or stress clients may feel when they come in for an appointment.”

Along with the clinic opening, Catalpa Health also recently expanded to provide HOST (Helping Our Students Thrive), a school-based therapy program within the Oshkosh Area School District. Funding partners for HOST include Oshkosh United Way and J. J. Keller Foundation, Inc.The program was established for students who have identified barriers that prevent them from seeking mental health therapy outside of the school. These barriers include transportation issues, financial issues, parent work hours and others.

Each participating school has a lead staff member, usually a school counselor, who identifies students appropriate for referral based on behavior or other mental health concerns, as well as barriers to receiving outside services.

Earlier this year, Catalpa Health opened its Access Center with the goal of decreasing wait times for initial mental health evaluations to five days or less, or within 24 hours if the need is urgent. Now, nearly three months in, Catalpa Health has been able to deliver on that promise.

“Our wait times for initial evaluations decreased from about 50 days down to our goal of five days or less, with same-day appointments for a crisis,” Kogan-Praska said. “Again, the strides we are making are a result of a community effort. We could not do this alone.”

For more information on Catalpa Health, please visit www.catalpahealth.org.

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Catalpa Health provides a full continuum of mental health, wellness and preventative services to children and adolescents in the Fox Valley. A collaboration of Affinity Health System, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin and ThedaCare, Catalpa Health believes in community partnerships and works with other mental health providers to ensure that all children are receiving the care they need.

Catalpa Health expands to make renewed commitment to reduce wait times for children and teens’ mental health services

(Appleton, Wis. – April 8, 2014) – Catalpa Health opened the doors to its Access Center Wednesday, April 2. The Access Center is located at 442 N. Westhill Blvd. in Appleton, right next to Catalpa Health’s mental health clinic.

By opening the Access Center, Catalpa Health is making a renewed commitment to serve area children, teens and their families by significantly reducing wait times for mental health assessments.

“We have made a commitment to our community to improve the way children and teens are provided mental health services,” said Lisa Kogan-Praska, president and CEO of Catalpa Health. “When Catalpa Health opened its doors a little more than one year ago, our plan was to provide care to more children in our communities over five years, but five years is not soon enough. We listened to the voices of our patients and their families as well as other community organizations, and we are asking for their help as we begin changing the way we provide care.”

The goal of the new model offered at Catalpa Health is designed to work as follows:

  • When clients or parents call Catalpa Health, call specialists in the Access Center will assess clients through a series of questions to determine needs. If necessary, a more in-depth clinical triage will be provided.
  • If the client’s need is urgent, the goal is to offer an appointment within 24 hours. The goal for clients with non-emergency needs is to offer an initial assessment within five days.
  • For clients and families who are receiving mental health services through Catalpa and who have additional needs or barriers that may affect receiving treatment, a case manager may be assigned to help with those needs and to overcome barriers.
  • After a client’s initial appointment, the goal is to schedule follow-up appointments either at Catalpa Health within 10 business days, or with one of Catalpa’s many qualified community partners.

The Access Center has four intake specialists whose roles are to facilitate the initial evaluation process, which includes providing a preliminary mental health diagnosis and connecting children and families to a therapist or connecting them to other mental health services that are the best match to meet their needs.

For more information, please visit www.catalpahealth.org.

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Catalpa Health provides a full continuum of mental health, wellness and preventative services to children and adolescents in the Fox Valley. A collaboration of Affinity Health System, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin and ThedaCare, Catalpa Health believes in community partnerships and works with other mental health providers to ensure that all children are receiving the care they need.

 

Catalpa Health adds three providers

(Appleton, Wis. – March 26, 2014) – Catalpa Health recently hired three providers, including two mental health resident therapists and one licensed professional mental health therapist. Catalpa Health now has a total of 30 providers on staff.

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Alison Jacobs, LPCIT, is a mental health resident therapist who specializes in treating those with depression, anxiety, mood disorders, self-esteem issues, trauma and cross-cultural adjustment issues. Jacobs treats patients ages six to 18 years old. She has a special interest in cross-cultural adjustment and the many factors that affect an individual’s mental health in the cultural transition process. Jacobs received her Bachelor of Science degree in French and Spanish education from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh and her Master of Science degree in counseling psychology from Evangel University. She has a professional counselor training license credential through the state of Wisconsin. Jacobs is working toward her 3,000 hours of supervised clinical practice needed to obtain full licensure.

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Angela Savides, LPCIT, is a mental health resident therapist who works works at Catalpa Health as an intake specialist. Angela treats patients ages 18 and younger. She has a special interest in urgent and crisis counseling, as well as suicide and depression assessment. Savides received her bachelor’s degree in psychology and master’s degree in counseling. She is a nationally certified counselor through the National Board for Certified Counselors and has a professional counselor training license credential through the state of Wisconsin. She is working toward her 3,000 hours of supervised clinical practice needed to obtain full licensure.

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Candy Knaide, LPC, is a mental health therapist at Catalpa Health. She treats patients ages 18 years old and younger. Knaide has special interest in attention deficit disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, depression, anxiety, self-esteem issues and self-abuse. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in psychology from the University of Wisconsin – Green Bay and her master’s degree in community counseling at Lakeland College. Knaide is licensed through the state of Wisconsin as a licensed professional therapist.

Catalpa Health adds five providers

(Appleton, Wis. – Jan. 3, 2014) – Catalpa Health recently hired five providers, including two mental health therapists, a mental health resident therapist, an advanced practice nurse prescriber and a psychologist. Catalpa Health now has a total of 26 providers on staff.

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Holly Wohlfeil, MA, LPC, joins Catalpa Health as a mental health therapist who treats abuse and trauma; issues related to adoption and foster care; self-harming behaviors; and depression and anxiety in children of all ages. She has special interest in treating those with abuse, trauma, attachment and adoption issues. Wohlfeil graduated with her Master of Arts degree in community counseling from Marquette University.

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Amy M. Morrissey, MSE, LPC, is a mental health therapist who treats a wide range of topics including trauma, abuse, depression, anxiety and family system issues. Morrissey has special interest in the utilization of play and art interventions (symbolic language of self expression). She treats children ages four years and older. Morrissey received a bachelor’s degree in social work and master’s degree in counseling from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. She is a nationally certified counselor through the National Board for Certified Counselors, a licensed professional counselor through the state of Wisconsin and a member of the Association for Play Therapy.

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Gina Leonardelli, LPCIT, is a licensed professional counselor in training who treats patients with ADHD, anger, anxiety, behavior management issues, self-esteem issues, social skills, autism spectrum disorders and depression. She has a special interest in homelessness/displacement issues and Spanish-speaking clients. Leonardelli sees patients ages birth to five years of age and adolescents. She holds her Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology and Spanish from St. Norbert College and her Master of Arts degree in community counseling with child/adolescent specialization from Marquette University. Leonardelli has a professional counselor training license credential through the state of Wisconsin. She is working toward her 3,000 hours of supervised clinical practice needed to obtain full licensure. Leonardelli receives weekly supervision from a state-approved clinical supervisor and attends regular clinical collaboration with other Catalpa Health therapists, nurse practitioners and clinical psychologists.

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Jillian Schuh, Ph.D., joins Catalpa Health as a psychologist. She provides neuropsychological assessments for children and adolescents with difficulties related to attention and hyperactivity; communication; memory; learning; and social and emotional functioning and behavior. Schuh has specialty training in neuropsychological assessment with children who have medical or neurological complexities and treats children ages 2 – 18. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, her Master of Arts degree and Ph.D. from University of Connecticut, completed an internship at the University of Chicago Medical Center and completed her fellowship and two-year training program specializing in neuropsychological assessment at the Medical College of Wisconsin.

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Beth Boehnlein, MS, RN, joins Catalpa Health as a psych-certified advanced practice nurse prescriber who focuses on treating those with anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), mood disorders and psychotic disorders. She sees patients ages 13-18. Beth received a Bachelor of Science in nursing from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, her Master of Science in psychiatric nursing from the University of Wisconsin–Madison and is ANCC certified as a psychiatric/mental health clinical nurse specialist.