Here's how we're connecting with the community......................... 

CIT Training  -  Spring and Fall of 2018 we have been able to offer CIT training.  CIT training is a full week of Crisis Intervention Training for law enforcement.  It is a 40 hour educational opportunity that  is often used to describe both a program and a training for law enforcement around the interactions between law enforcement and those living with a mental illness. 


We had our first training in spring 2018 and it was a success!  We had officers attend from the West Bend Police Dept, the Kewaskum Police Dept, and the Washington County Sheriffs Dept.  It is open to any law enforcement officers in Washington County and surrounding areas.  We are geared up and excited for our next week of CIT this October.  Please let officers in your community know about this opportunity.  We would love to have representation from all law enforcement agencies in our County!


We would like to thank the West Bend Police Department, the Washington Ozaukee Public Health Dept, Washington County Human Services, the Germantown Police Dept, and the Professional Services Group for joining us in the collaboration.


NAMI Ending the Silence – From the September 2015 through June 2018 NAMI Washington County has reach over 7000 young people in classes throughout Washington County with its NAMI Ending the Silence (ETS) program.  ETS is an in-classroom teen education program that helps educate about the signs and symptoms of mental illness, resources available to address these, and reduces the stigma surrounding mental health issues through the real-life stories shared by two presenters in each classroom who all have lived experience with mental illness.  This on-going program has the intent to reach almost all young people in the county by presenting the information in the required health classes.


Similar programs are available that target families (NAMI Ending the Silence for Families) and that target school staff (NAMI Ending the Silence for Staff).



NAMI Provider –  This is a program for health care staff who work directly with individuals and families affected by mental illness.  The program introduces health care staff to the emotional stages people affected by mental illness experience on the way to recovery.  It helps staff gain a fresh understanding of and empathy for their clients’ lived experience, especially during treatment.  And it promotes collaboration between clients, families and providers to achieve the best level of recovery possible.


This program is available in a five-session (12 hours) format or in an introductory four-hour seminar.

Press Releases....

Tuesday, December 4, 2018 – West Bend Daily News

Settling in

New executive director heads NAMI-Washington County

By Joe VanDeLaarschot 262-306-5054

WEST BEND — Lisa Krenke has worked in the non-profit world for more than 20 years so she believes her new position as executive director of the National Alliance of Mental Illness-Washington County is a good fit.

NAMI officially said Krenke, who first day on the job was Aug. 25, will lead the organization into 2019 with "renewed vigor and positioned for growth in programming and funding."

"Having Lisa join our team places NAMI-WC on the cusps of new opportunities," said Board of Directors President Amy Saliminen. "Lisa’s background in nonprofit management and her passion for helping others live as independently and prosperously as possible w! ill bring NAMI-WC to the forefront of mental health illness service provision."

Kreknke said before coming to NAMI she was with the Arthritis Foundation in Milwaukee.

"And prior to that I was with Friends of Abused Families here in West Bend. I am familiar with the area and I love the community," Krenke said. "It’s great to be back."

NAMI-WC provides advocacy, education, support and public awareness so that individuals and families affected by mental illness can build better lives. 


The new Executive Director of the National Alliance of Mental Illness-Washington County Lisa Krenke, works at her desk Friday morning at the organization’s Welcome Center at 2030 Stonebridge Road in West Bend.

Since its inception in 1999 the organization has been a life live to thousands of individuals affected by mental health illness.

"The services that we provide are provided all by peer support specialists," Krenke said. "So they are certified – they go through training with the state of Wisconsin and those are individuals who have either some form of mental illness themselves or have taken care of someone who has mental illness."

Programming offered by NAMI-WC includes adult, teen and family member support groups, art therapy, awareness education to middle school and high school students, continuing education hours to teachers and other school personnel, parent and caregiver education, wellness programs and outreach presentations.

! "We see about 2,000 individuals every year in our recovery center here on Stonebridge Road," Krenke said. "We also provide education in the classroom in the county and we see about 2,000 students every year. We do all ages – middle school all the way up through older adults."

Krenke said she sees a lot of potential with NAMI, but thinks the organization needs to tackle community awareness.

"So that is my first kind of goal is to make  everybody in the community aware that we do exist and then just reaching more people," Krenke said.

"It’s one in five adults that are diagnosed each year with some form of mental illness and one in three children.! So there’s high need for it. Unfortunately, I think the sti! gma that surrounds mental illness tends to scare people and make them not want to seek those services, but we’re here to say that you aren’t alone and welcome those people into our family."

According to the NAMIWC website, the group’s goal is to be Washington County’s resource for mental health information through education, support and advocacy for anyone affected by mental illness, their family and the community.

"We had one woman who worked in the industrial park neighborhood (near NAMI’s location) who said she’d been looking at our building for two months before she worked up the courage to come in and access some of our support groups," Krenke said. "She is now one of our most active members and she seeks support and she has developed friendships and mentorships with individuals with mental illness and it’s been a Godsend to her. So it’s just taking that initial step and really making yourself vulnerable and be willing to take that chance."

Krenke said everybody has been very welcoming.

NAMI-Washington County is at 2030 Stonebridge Road, West Bend and can be called at 262-339-1235.




 Call us with any questions about our outreach with the community and how we may assist you in sharing  information about mental illness/health.  

NAMI Washington County Speakers Bureau


  • NAMI speakers are available to present to your business, civic group, class, church, conference, etc. on a variety of topics such as: the basics of mental illness, mental illness and stigma, the personal experience with mental illness, the family experience with mental illness. 


  • Speakers are provided free of charge as a public service. Hosting organizations are responsible for costs and arrangements for room setup.


  • Engagements with speakers must be requested at least one month in advance. Speaker and/or talk availability is subject to change.