Advocacy & Alerts

Wednesday, July 12th, 2017

“Something to Think About” Series

Here are some resources to review relating to the Something to Think About series:

The Little Misunderstood Mental Health Effects of Racial Trauma (powerpoint)

The Little Misunderstood Mental Health Effects of Racial Trauma (article) 

Historical Trauma Chart

Let America Be America Again, poem by Langston Hughes

Let America Be America Again video

Thursday, May 4th, 2017

American Health Care Act Threatens Access to Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Services

Please see this statement from the Milwaukee Mental Health Task Force regarding the passage of the American Health Care Act.

Monday, April 24th, 2017

MMHTF Statement on Inquest into Death of Terrill Thomas At Milwaukee County Jail

The Milwaukee Mental Health Task Force is profoundly disturbed by the reports of deaths at the Milwaukee County Jail in 2016, involving individuals who seem to have had significant mental health issues. Today, prosecutors are moving forward with an inquest into the death of Terrill Thomas, a man with significant mental health needs, who died of profound dehydration in his Milwaukee County jail cell.

Continue reading.

Friday, March 31st, 2017

Joint Committee on Finance Public Hearing on State Budget

The Wisconsin Legislature Joint Committee on Finance is holding a public hearing on the state budget in Milwaukee on April 5th at State Fair Park – Exposition Center 8200 West Greenfield Avenue from 10 AM – 5 PM.

Block off the day and turn out early to register to speak about priorities in the state budget for Wisconsinites with mental health needs. See the link to the Survival Coalition of Wisconsin Disability Groups for a great overview of key issues in the budget for your testimony.

Keep it short! You have only three minutes to speak. And arrive early – hundreds of people turn out to speak. You can also submit written comments to BudgetComments@legis.wisconsin.gov or send a handwritten letter to: Joe Malkasian, Room 305 East, State Capitol, Madison, WI 53702.

http://www.survivalcoalitionwi.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Survival-DAD-2017-issue-paper.pdf

 

Monday, October 10th, 2016

Action Alert – Support the GO Pass and Transit

The Milwaukee County GO Pass has been a lifeline for thousands of Milwaukee County residents with disabilities and older adults. It has supported independent living in the community by providing access to transportation to meet basic needs, get to work, go to medical appointments, support groups, attend classes, worship, and participate in community programs such as senior centers and Grand Avenue Club.

Click here to view the Action Alert and find out what you can do to support the GO Pass.

Sunday, October 9th, 2016

2017 Milwaukee County Budget

Here are some materials of interest regarding the 2017 Milwaukee County Budget:

2017 Milwaukee County Recommended Budget

Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors Contact Information

Milwaukee County Board  October 31 Public Hearing on the 2017 Recommended Budget

GO Pass Action Alert

Saturday, September 10th, 2016

Milwaukee Mental Health Task Force Testimony for Milwaukee County Mental Health Board Meeting

Click here to view the recent September testimony by the MHTF to the Milwaukee County Mental Health Board.

Thursday, April 7th, 2016

MMHTF 3-year Strategic Plan

Click here to review the Milwaukee Mental Health Task Force’s 3-year Strategic Plan.

Thursday, March 24th, 2016

MMHTF Testimony for Milwaukee County Mental Health Board Meeting

Milwaukee Mental Health Task Force Testimony for

Milwaukee County Mental Health Board Meeting

2017 Milwaukee County Behavioral Health Division Budget Priorities

Martina Gollin-Graves – MMHTF Co-chair

March 24, 2016

Click here to view the testimony.

Click here to view the MMHTF survey on 2017 budget priorities.

 

Thursday, October 22nd, 2015

Process for Expressing Interest in Being Suggested for Possible Consideration for Open Mental Health Board Position

Last year, legislation (Act 203) establishing the Milwaukee County Mental Health Board was signed into law.  There is currently an open position on the board, as Lyn Malofsky has resigned due to moving to Madison.  We thank Lyn for her service and advocacy.  Lyn’s position on the board was as “A representative of the community who is a consumer of mental health services.”  The bill includes a procedure for filling vacant positions – here is the language specific to the position which Lyn held and is now vacant:

A representative of the community who is a consumer of mental health services and who is suggested by the Milwaukee County board of supervisors. The Milwaukee County board of supervisors shall solicit suggestions for individuals who have experienced mental illness or substance abuse from organizations including Warmline, the Milwaukee Mental Health Task Force, and the Milwaukee Co?occurring Competency Cadre. The Milwaukee County board of supervisors shall suggest to the  Milwaukee County executive 4 representatives of the community for this board membership position.

The Milwaukee Mental Health Task Force (MMHTF) is designated in the bill as one of the organizations that the County Board of Supervisors shall solicit for suggestions for individuals who could serve in this position.  In order to be prepared to meet the responsibility of suggesting possible candidates, the Steering Committee is inviting Milwaukee Mental Health Task Force participants to recommend individuals for the open position, of “a representative of the community who is a consumer of mental health services”, who are interested in serving, can commit the time to serve on the board, and who bring a commitment to the values of the board and other criteria noted below.  You may also self-nominate should you wish to serve.

Click here to review the Process for Expressing Interest in Being Suggested for Possible Consideration for Open Mental Health Board Position.