Tuesday, September 10th, 2013

Presentation from the Forum on the Implementation of the Affordable Care Act and Medicaid Reforms

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

Thursday, February 28th, 2013

“Newsmakers: Mental Health Services” panel on WisconsinEye

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.


Monday, November 12th, 2012

Studies on housing prepared for Milwaukee’s Continuum of Care (COC)

Thanks to Jan Wilberg for sharing these studies on housing prepared for Milwaukee’s Continuum of Care (COC).  The first is an examination of the emergency shelter system and the second an analysis of transitional housing.

At The Front Door report

Bridge out of Homelessness report

Thursday, August 16th, 2012

An Action Plan: Addressing Mental Health and Substance Abuse Needs for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

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:

Powerpoint presentation – An Action Plan: Addressing Mental Health and Substance Abuse Needs for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Workgroup Contacts

Article – Breaking News: Deaf People Face Significant Barriers to Mental Healthcare

Office for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Website

Other helpful links:


AODA Services for the Deaf, Deaf-Blind and Hard of Hearing in Wisconsin

WisTech AT4ALL Website

Great Lakes ADA center

National Association of the Deaf: Mental Health Services

ADARA: Professionals Networking for Excellence in Service Delivery With Individuals Who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing

Wisconsin Resources:

Denise Johnson
Project Coordinator AODA Services for the Deaf/Hard of Hearing
540 South 1st Street
Milwaukee, WI   53204
414-291-7520 (V/TTY)
414-226-8319 Direct TTY
866-716-3481 VP Relay
414-937-5910 Direct VP
414-291-7525 (FAX)

Office for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing Central Office
1 West Wilson Street
Room 451
Madison, WI 53707-7851
608-264-9899 (FAX)

Linda Huffer

Human Services Program Coordinator
Melani Kaplan
608-266-8567 (Voice)
608-338-0860 (VP)


Wednesday, August 8th, 2012

“100 Ways to Support Recovery” Guide for Mental Health Professionals

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.

Wednesday, June 27th, 2012

Materials from the June 26th Future of Health Care Reform Forum

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
Michael Bare
Research and Program Coordinator – Community Advocates Public Policy Institute
Susan Gadacz, MA
Director Community Services Branch, Milwaukee County Behavioral Health Division 

 Forum Materials:

Connie Garner Biography

Affordable Care Act Powerpoint

Entitlement Reform Powerpoint

The Essential Health Benefits Package Explainer

ACA Diagram for Distribution

Description of a Modern Addictions and Mental Health Service System – SAMHSA

Sunday, January 1st, 2012

Milwaukee MHTF Membership Directory Form

If you and/or your agency would like to be listed in a Milwaukee MHTF Membership Directory to be developed this year, please fill out this form and email it to elisec@drwi.org.