United Way St. Croix Valley supports Behavioral Health Center


Amery, Wisc. - The United Way St. Croix Valley granted the Amery Hospital & Clinic Volunteer Partners $500 to support the Behavioral Health Center in Amery. The grant will be used to help the center’s inpatient program through educational and therapeutic activities.

With the help of United Way St. Croix Valley, the Behavioral Health Center music therapy program was expanded with the addition of MP3 players, headphones and music for their inpatients. The addition of various music genres is a natural supplement to the Behavioral Health Center’s existing treatment services.

Heather Erickson, Program Director of the Behavioral Health Center, stated, “The benefits of music for elderly patients and especially those with dementia are enormous.” Erickson added, “My hopes are to add a more frequent inclusion of music tailored to the individual with the use of headphones.”

The state of Wisconsin also supports the benefits of music therapy as it has implemented the Wisconsin Music and Memory Program (https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/music-memory/index.htm). The program trains and certifies nursing home staff on using music as a therapeutic tool for those diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and dementia.

Erickson continued, “This therapeutic approach will bring our patients and visiting family members some joy, peace, and happy memories during their stay here. I truly believe this will heighten the quality of patient care we provide.”
While the inpatient program provides unique and specialized programming for individuals who struggle with Dementia, it also provides services to individuals who struggle with other mental health crisis due to disorders such as depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, schizophrenia, post-traumatic stress disorder, and many other mental health issues.

For the Volunteer Partner’s to continue their philanthropic efforts, support from individuals and organizations like the United Way St. Croix Valley is instrumental.  Without such assistance, funding for the high school scholarship program, educational materials, and areas of patient care would cease to exist. 

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