Join us for the November Mental Health Task Force meeting on Tuesday, November 14, from 3 – 5 PM. Our speakers will provide mental health resources and information for veterans. The November 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:
- Dryhootch, Veterans Peer Support (3:20 – 3:50)
Dryhootch founder, Bob Curry, and director, Levi Marker
- Bob Curry and Levi Marker will present Dryhootch’s Peer model, Battle Peer. Battle Peer is a community model delivered through an app that matches individuals with a peer mentor who understands their struggles. Peer supports a wide range of issues including alcoholism, addiction, PTSD, First Responder stress, cancer diagnosis and more.
- Dryhootch Battle Peer presentation (PDF).
- Mental Health America’s R&R Peer Respite House (3:50 – 4:20)
Peter Boricki, Veteran Peer Service Coordinator for MHA of WI
- The R&R Peer Respite House is an ADA-accessible home is a safe place for veterans who are feeling stressed stay and to connect with other veterans. Any Wisconsin veteran can stay in this nonclinical setting for free.
- VHE 9100 Mental Mental Health and Wellness BK presentation (PDF).
- Veteran’s Affairs – Mental Health Services for Women Veterans (4:20 – 4:50)
Dona Drew, Community Engagement and Partnership Coordinator, Zablocki VA Medical Center
- Mental health resources available through the VA for women veterans will be discussed including those related to substance use, MST, homelessness, and health care.
- VA Women Veterans presentation (PDF).
Meeting materials will be posted on our website as we receive them.
Save the Dates!
Our December 12th meeting will include small group planning discussions around 2024 task force priorities. Presenters will include:
- Chief Judge Carl Ashley – Update on Milwaukee Community Justice Council and treatment courts.
- Dr. Lia A. Knox, Mental Wellness Expert, Founder and CEO of Knox Behavioral Health Solutions (KBHS) and Co-Founder of the non-profit, Black Space Inc.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible. We will do our best to respond to all requests.