Culver co-founder pledges $1 million to mental health services in south-central Wisconsin

MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) – Culver co-founder Lea Culver and her three daughters are donating $1 million to expand mental health treatment at UnityPoint Health – Meriter.

The money Culver pledged on Friday will go to expanding child and adolescent psychiatry (CAP) at UnityPoint Health – Meriter to improve mental health services in south-central Wisconsin. Unity Point Health said the donation comes at a time of unprecedented demand and need for these services.

“It is heartbreaking to know that there are so many vulnerable children in crisis. The need for compassionate mental health care for children and their families is critical, and we all need to do what we can to help,” said Dr. Katie Schmitt, medical director of CAP.

According to Meriter, Culver’s money will expand the CAP program to include a family support group, creation of a four-hour-a-day treatment plan, emergency family resources and patient activity grants as well. only two years of cost for ongoing holistic therapy programs. .

“This incredible gift will help us expand our creative, evidence-based treatment options to meet children where they are on their personal journey to health and wellness,” said Dr. Schmitt.

CAP officials say the money will also help providers care for children returning to class who are suffering from the upheaval COVID-19 has caused in schools.

The Pledge is the largest CAP ever received, and those wishing to add to it can visit

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