The materials for 2015-2016 membership to the Milwaukee Mental Health Task Force are available online! Click here to download the membership letter, membership form, and MHTF directory form.
Here are several resources regarding the formation of the Milwaukee County Mental Health Board. Check back for additional information as it develops:
Information related to the Mental Health Board is posted to the County website at:
2013 – present
On behalf of the Milwaukee Mental Health Task Force, we thank all who attended our Tuesday, September 3rd forum: A Forum on the Implementation of the Affordable Care Act and Medicaid Reforms: An Information and Planning Session on Outreach and Enrollment Strategies for People with Mental Illness in Milwaukee County.
Click here to view the Powerpoint presentation from the Forum.
We will continue the discussion regarding the ACA and Medicaid reforms with updates at the monthly meetings of the Milwaukee Mental Health Task Force which take place on the second Tuesday of the month from 3 – 5 PM at IndependenceFirst and are open to all. If you are not currently on our email list and would like to be added, please reply to this email with your name and email address.
Special thanks to our tremendous forum speakers:
Joy Tapper, MPA, Executive Director – Milwaukee Health Care Partnership
Sarah Fraley, Southeast Wisconsin Medicaid Liaison for WI Department of Health Services
Susan Gadacz, MA, Director Community Services Branch – Milw. Cnty Behavioral Health Division
Ryan X Farrell, JD, Staff Attorney – Disability Rights Wisconsin
Sadie Tuescher, Disability Benefit Specialist, Milwaukee County Disability Resource Center
David R. Riemer, Senior Fellow, Community Advocates Public Policy Institute
Click here to view the WisconsinEye discussion on mental health services in light of recent events. Barbara Beckert, Milwaukee Mental health Task Force coordinator, participated on the panel.
WisconsinEye’s description of the video: Recent mass shootings and the gun-control debate nationally has focused attention on mental health programs. Gov. Scott Walker’s budget included $30 million more for these programs, for example, and Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele has promised to close the county’s 150-patient mental health hospital and place them in community-based settings. Experts who discussed the need for new programs and efforts to deal with the stigma of mental illness were Newsmakers panelists Rep. Sandy Pasch, a mental health nurse; Barbara Beckert, Milwaukee Office Director of Disability Rights Wisconsin; Shel Gross, director of public policy for Mental Health America of Wisconsin and Hugh Davis, executive director of Wisconsin Family Ties.
Thank you to Denise Johnson, Melani Kaplan, and Eve Dicker Eiseman for the informative presentation at our August Task Force meeting on mental health and substance abuse needs for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. The powerpoint, materials handed out at the meeting, and links to other useful information and resources are included below:
Other helpful links:
Project Coordinator AODA Services for the Deaf/Hard of Hearing
540 South 1st Street
Milwaukee, WI 53204
414-226-8319 Direct TTY
866-716-3481 VP Relay
414-937-5910 Direct VP
Office for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing Central Office
1 West Wilson Street
Madison, WI 53707-7851
Human Services Program Coordinator
This guide in the Rethink Recovery Series has a lot of great information relating to recovery and mental illness. Click here to view the guide.
The Future of Health Care Reform
Implications for People with Disabilities
United Cerebral Palsy of Southeastern Wisconsin & Disability Rights Wisconsin
In partnership with Milwaukee Mental Health Task Force & Make it Work Milwaukee Coalition
This forum featured:
Executive Vice President for Public Policy for National United Cerebral Palsy
Research and Program Coordinator – Community Advocates Public Policy Institute
Susan Gadacz, MA
Director Community Services Branch, Milwaukee County Behavioral Health Division