The Leola Culver Family Foundation Donates $1 Million to Expand Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Care in South Central Wisconsin

Sep 12, 2022

Lea Culver, co-founder of Culver’s, and her three daughters have pledged $1 million to greatly expand Child & Adolescent Psychiatry (CAP) at UnityPoint Health – Meriter.

The generous gift will help support the unprecedented demand and need of critical mental health care for children and adolescents throughout South Central Wisconsin.

The next phase of program expansion at CAP, funded by Culver, will include a family support group, the addition of a four-hour day treatment program, emergency family resources and patient activity scholarships. Additionally, this gift will fund two years of costs for ongoing holistic therapy programs.

“It is heartbreaking knowing there are so many vulnerable children in crisis. The need for compassionate mental health care for children and their families is critical, and we must all do what we can to help. Katie and the entire team at CAP are doing amazing work in leading these kids on the path toward healing, and I am proud to be associated with them.”

This gift comes at a perfect time as Child & Adolescent Psychiatry is busier than ever. It will support providers as they work to expand care and services to help kids returning to the classroom—with the upheaval and extra pressures of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

This incredible gift will help us expand our creative and evidence-based treatment options to meet kiddos where they are on their personal journey to health and wellness. We are deeply grateful to Lea and her family for their dedication to caring for children in our region.

Katie Schmitt, MD
Medical Director, UnityPoint Health – Meriter Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
The transformational gift from Culver is the largest donation ever received to Child & Adolescent Psychiatry through UnityPoint Health – Meriter Foundation.