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The Community’s Family Collaborative

Mr. Steve O'Malley

Mr. Steve O’Malley

August is the 5th annual “Rebuilding for Learning” summit sponsored by the City of La Crosse, the La Crosse School District and La Crosse County.  La Crosse County is proud to be a strong partner with the School District and the City in this groundbreaking initiative.  This collaborative partnership has directly benefited many students and families in the La Crosse area through a variety of improvements to services offered by each organization.

A primary motivation behind “Rebuilding for Learning” is that preventative initiatives are more cost effective than establishing systems of care that people come to depend upon.  Unfortunately, some students within our school district begin exposure to a variety of county services very early in life.  It is our belief that through a continued collaborative effort between the County, City and School District we can reduce the overall demand on our Human Services system, while providing more efficient service delivery and improved outcomes for students and families.

The Community Family Collaborative is one illustration of this type of service integration.  La Crosse County Human Services Director Jason Witt, backed by a wonderful team of dedicated staff and a supportive County Board, has assembled the latest example of evidenced based pursuit of outcomes from the “Rebuilding for Learning” collaboration.

The La Crosse Area Family Collaborative will begin full service delivery in September, using a proactive prevention model to deliver human services to clients where they live; improving accessibility, efficiency and ultimately the level of trust on the part of students and families.  The La Crosse Area Family Collaborative will work with the School District’s teachers and social workers, along with City law enforcement to help identify and pro-actively engage families in better meeting their needs.  Through this method of service delivery, clients gain quicker access, but reduce their long-term service needs as active participants in the process.

The Family Collaborative is a new approach to community human services delivery for La Crosse County.  We look forward to this program’s full implementation in the upcoming months in continued partnership and collaboration with the City, School District and other community organizations.  Over these past five years, the “Rebuilding for Learning” effort has helped shepherd this initiative and other process improvements making a difference in the lives of children and their families in La Crosse.   Keep up the great work.  Together we truly make a difference.

 

La Crosse Area Family Collaborative

Mr. Steve O'Malley La Crosse County Administrator

Mr. Steve O’Malley
La Crosse County Administrator

August is the 5th annual “Rebuilding for Learning” summit sponsored by the City of La Crosse, the La Crosse School District and La Crosse County.  La Crosse County is proud to be a strong partner with the School District and the City in this groundbreaking initiative.  This collaborative partnership has directly benefited many students and families in the La Crosse area through a variety of improvements to services offered by each organization.

A primary motivation behind “Rebuilding for Learning” is that preventative initiatives are more cost effective than establishing systems of care that people come to depend upon.  Unfortunately, some students within our school district begin exposure to a variety of county services very early in life.  It is our belief that through a continued collaborative effort between the County, City and School District we can reduce the overall demand on our Human Services system, while providing more efficient service delivery and improved outcomes for students and families.

The Community Family Collaborative is one illustration of this type of service integration.  La Crosse County Human Services Director Jason Witt, backed by a wonderful team of dedicated staff and a supportive County Board, has assembled the latest example of evidenced based pursuit of outcomes from the “Rebuilding for Learning” collaboration.

The La Crosse Area Family Collaborative will begin full service delivery in September, using a proactive prevention model to deliver human services to clients where they live; improving accessibility, efficiency and ultimately the level of trust on the part of students and families.  The La Crosse Area Family Collaborative will work with the School District’s teachers and social workers, along with City law enforcement to help identify and pro-actively engage families in better meeting their needs.  Through this method of service delivery, clients gain quicker access, but reduce their long-term service needs as active participants in the process.

The Family Collaborative is a new approach to community human services delivery for La Crosse County.  We look forward to this program’s full implementation in the upcoming months in continued partnership and collaboration with the City, School District and other community organizations.  Over these past five years, the “Rebuilding for Learning” effort has helped shepherd this initiative and other process improvements making a difference in the lives of children and their families in La Crosse.   Keep up the great work.  Together we truly make a difference.

 

Steve O’Malley

La Crosse County Administrator

Coordinating Our Services on Behalf of the Community

Mr. Steve O'Malley

Mr. Steve O’Malley

The joint effort of the City of La Crosse, School District of La Crosse and the County of La Crosse to coordinate our services on behalf of the people of the area has been successful in helping us all improve the quality of life of the people we serve. We have found ways over the last six years to be more efficient and effective in purchasing, planning and responding to the needs of our mutual constituencies through improved transportation, health care, human services, economic support, education and the list goes on.
The three year Rebuilding for Learning Initiative is a case in point. The Summits held for the last three years have provided the opportunity for staff at our three organizations to meet over our common interest of finding ways to expand on past successes. Successes that support families and children so that our community’s children have the greatest potential to learn and become adults with high quality of life. No small task.
This website is one part of the larger effort to help us all be aware of sources of information, tools and services that can help each of us be more effective in our effort to prepare youth to be happy and productive members of society no matter what path they choose.
One of these tools linked to the Rebuilding Learning site “Compass Now”. This community needs assessment coordinated by the Great Rivers United Way in cooperation with over 30 public and private organizations and based upon community surveys and key informant groups identifies needs in health, education, economy and community services. It is used as a guide for philanthropic, governmental and private organizations in their long term planning process to improve their efforts to help our community.
Services that the County of La Crosse provides impacts the education of children in our community. We can be sure we are being most effective when we are working in collaboration with our colleagues.