Gov. Tony Evers today joined leaders from SSM Health and the Ripon community for a ribbon cutting celebrating the new mental health outpatient Day Stabilization Services at SSM Health Ripon Community Hospital. The new unit will provide assistance, services, and support for up to 23 hours for individuals experiencing mental health crises, filling a critical gap in care regionally and for the state.
The project was supported by a $158,000 grant from Gov. Evers’ Healthcare Infrastructure Capital Grant Program, as announced earlier this year. Part of a more than $300 million investment allocated by the governor for community capital projects statewide, the Healthcare Infrastructure Capital Grant Program was first announced in August 2021 alongside the Neighborhood Investment Fund Grant Program for transformational capital projects to expand access to quality, affordable healthcare in communities across the state.
“The Healthcare Infrastructure grants were designed to help lay the foundation for healthier communities and a stronger state by addressing mental and behavioral health challenges, bridging rural healthcare gaps, expanding care options for Wisconsinites, and building the local infrastructure needed to tackle any health-related crisis that comes our way,” said Gov. Evers. “That’s exactly what this new unit at the SSM Health Ripon Community Hospital will do. We know folks across our state need these mental and behavioral health services perhaps now more than ever, and I am proud the state could help support SSM Health to bring this unit to fruition for the folks in Fond du Lac County and the surrounding area.”