Cream City Foundation Awards Grant to Fund Trans Cultural Competency Training for
Mental Health and Substance Abuse Professionals FORGE and Milwaukee County Community Access to Recovery Services partner on the project
Milwaukee – Cream City Foundation announced today a grant awarded to support assessment, training, technical assistance and consultation efforts between FORGE and Milwaukee County Community Access to Recovery Services (CARS). The program specifically supports a year-long, thorough assessment and training effort that will enable and empower CARS providers to feel confident in their ability to reach out to and serve trans and non-binary individuals.
“FORGE is a national leader in providing dynamic trainings for providers who work with transgender survivors and loved ones who have experienced sexual and domestic violence. This grant allows FORGE to bring this assessment and training expertise to Southeastern Wisconsin.” said Cream City Foundation President & CEO, Brett Blomme. “A special thank you to the Milwaukee Gay Sports Network for helping to underwrite this partnership grant.”
“We, at FORGE, are excited about the opportunity to more intensively work with CARS to support their network of providers to better serve trans/non-binary individuals and loved ones in the Milwaukee area. Trans community members in Milwaukee have limited options for culturally competent and cost-accessible mental health/substance abuse services,” noted michael munson, FORGE’s Executive Director. CARS coordinates 73 agencies providing services to Milwaukee County residents with severe and persistent mental health and/or alcohol or other drug abuse issues. “The combined assessment, training, outreach, and evaluation within this project will result in measurably increased access to mental health and substance use/abuse services for trans/non-binary community members who often feel they have nowhere to turn. Our goal is to leave no one behind and help every trans community member feel they are valued and deserve to receive competent and respectful mental health services.”