Our Story

Community Partnerships delivered its first coordinated care service in 2000 as the provider of Children Come First (CCF) services for children and families living with serious mental health issues in Dane County. For several years, the CCF program was Community Partnerships’ only direct-service program in the organization. With dedicated strategic planning and a vision to offer high quality, strengths-driven coordinated care to the children, families, individuals that need them most, Community Partnerships has grown from a small organization of just over 20 staff to a leader in coordinated care in Dane County.

We celebrated our 15th anniversary in 2015 and now offer more than five community-based programs, serve more than 2,000 individuals annually, and employ more than 50 dedicated staff. Our services provide education, support, stabilization, and coordination of care to children, families, and individuals in our community.

Our Mission

Coordinate a system of care to advance mental health and wellness of individuals, families, and communities.

Board of Directors

Chair  Anne Smith, JD- Co-Director, Law & Entrepeneurship Clinic, UW Law School
Vice Chair Niko Skievaski- Founder/CEO Redox
Secretary Kristin Zweifel Frederickson- Door Creek Golf Course
Treasurer Tim Otis-Retired, Non-profit Administration & Healthcare

Vikki Brueggeman- Zimbrick
Mary Ehlenbach, MD- UW Department of Pediatrics
Jessie Lazo- Dane County Department of Human Services
Beth Rudy- Wisconsin Department of Corrections
Carol Ziesemer- Retired, Madison Metropolitan School District Social Worker

Our Vision

By 2019, Community Partnerships will be well positioned as a leader in coordinated care for mental health and wellness services. Staff will embody the organization’s values and reflect an integrated approach that puts the participant first. Staff and participants will share expectations for service delivery. The organization will have evolved from just being a good partner in Dane County to also framing equitable partnerships throughout the region. It will be well regarded for its stewardship of resources and its success in nurturing an inclusive and caring work environment that spans multiple physical locations.

Our Values

People are best served when all systems are working towards shared goals. We strive to create environments in which people can both exchange ideas and create solutions. We believe in working as a partner with clients and colleagues to become more effective. This spirit extends to our governance processes by which the Board of Directors and staff work in partnership with each other and with community stakeholders to advance our mission. It also infuses the commitment to teamwork in our work environment.

We believe in helping people develop their abilities. We foster a love of learning and a mindset by which challenges are viewed as opportunities to improve learning and build skills. We also respect that beliefs, values, preferences, and strengths are relationally acquired and may change over time such that we must adapt the work we do and how we approach each other.

We believe in the power of applying imagination and creativity to help find solutions to problems and to help people deal well with new or difficult situations. We strive to maximize available resources and use informal community supports to advance success. Our work focuses on helping clients find and leverage resources to cultivate their skills.

We are motivated to help others by offering hope and support during challenging times. We offer trauma-informed care, and our approach is culturally informed. We respect the unique needs and abilities of every individual and seek to leverage the strengths and assets that each person brings to the table. We also actively value caring for those who are providing services or serving in a support role to others in need.


Our Diversity Statement

Community Partnerships is striving to become a more diverse and inclusive agency. The agency understands that diversity comes in many different forms, both apparent and sometimes invisible and that, at its core, diversity seeks to affirm the unique and enriching contributions of all individuals.

Community Partnerships acknowledges that inequities exist that disadvantage some people while leveraging opportunities for others and that our unconscious beliefs shape our individual and collective action. The agency believes that bringing diverse individuals together allows us to collectively and more effectively address the complex challenges that face our community.

Community Partnerships commits to cultivating authentic connections with those with whom we partner. The agency also commits to holding itself and staff accountable for examining our biases, providing meaningful services, and increasing our cultural humility through continuous discussion, education, community collaboration, and personal growth. The agency further commits to recruiting, retaining, and tapping the full potential of employees at all levels.

Our Partners

Privacy Practices

Review our Notice of Privacy Practices. Each person receiving services from Community Partnerships receives a copy of our Privacy Practices at the time of enrollment into services. This document explains how a person’s information may be shared, who it may be shared with, and what rights individuals have related to information sharing.

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