Join us for the October Mental Health Task Force meeting on Tuesday, October 10, from 3 – 5 PM. Our speakers will provide an update on Granite Hills Hospital from their CEO, information about Uplift, the new statewide Warmline, and the Mental Health Navigation Initiative. The October meeting will be held at Independence First, 540 S. 1st Street. We will also offer a virtual option via Zoom – but encourage you to attend in person.
Our agenda will include the following:
- Welcome, Susan Gadacz and Robin Pedersen, acting co-chairs and Steering Committee members (3 – 3:10)
- Meeting ground rules
- Thank you to Nicole Damiano for speaking on behalf of the MHTF at the Mental Health Board Public Comments session.
- Welcome to Sally Smaida, new Mental Health Task Force Coordinator
- Our annual membership campaign will kick off this fall. Watch for details – your support is vital to the work of the Mental Health Task Force.
- Granite Hills Hospital: An Update, Angela Sanders, Psy.D., Chief Executive Officer of Granite Hills Hospital (3:10 – 3:50)
- Dr. Sanders provide an update on Granite Hills Hospital, including addressing questions provided by the Mental Health Task Force. We will also have some time for questions from attendees. Milwaukee County has a contract with Granite Hills to serve involuntary and uninsured patients.
- View the Granite Hills Hospital presentation (PDF).
- Uplift WI: Wisconsin’s New Statewide Warmline Provides Peer Support, Jensen Bosio (she/they), Uplift WI Program Supervisor, Mental Health America of Wisconsin (3:50 – 4:20)
- Uplift WI is for Wisconsin residents and is staffed by certified peer specialists. Call this line if you need someone to talk to for support when things are difficult, or when you just need a peer to connect with. This line is fully anonymous and confidential. It is not directly connected to crisis linkage services. Uplift will not call emergency services unless you specifically request this from us, and that process will be led by you.
- View the Uplift WI presentation (PDF).
- View Questions Regarding Granite Hills (PDF).
- Mental Health Navigation Initiative: Improving Connections to Mental Health and Substance Services in Milwaukee County
- Alison True, Director of Organizational Advancement, Milwaukee Health Care Partnership
- Mike Lappen, Administrator, Milwaukee County Behavioral Health Services
- Aziz Abdullah, Co-Founder, INPOWER
- Read the Mental Health Navigation Initiative presentation (PDF).
Meeting materials will be posted on our website as we receive them.
Our meetings are open to all. To register for the meeting, complete the form on our website. Indicate if you plan to participate in person at Independence First or by Zoom. You will receive an email response with the Zoom link.
Chemical Sensitivity Policy
For the safety and comfort of all those with chemical and environmental sensitivities, Independence First requests that attendees please refrain from using any perfumed products such as scented soaps, deodorants, perfumes, colognes, and heavily scented fabric softeners.
ASL interpreters will be provided. To request other disability-related accommodations, please email email@example.com as soon as possible. We will do our best to respond to all requests.