The Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors held their annual Public Hearing on the County Budget on Friday October 30th. Information about the hearing is posted on the Board of Supervisors website pages. Share this testimony regarding our priorities for the 2021 budget. Note that the 2021 budget for behavioral health services was approved earlier this year by the Milwaukee County Mental Health Board.
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County Executive David Crowley has released his recommended budget for 2021. You can view the proposed budget here. The Mental Health Task Force Steering Committee is reviewing the budget and will share our priorities soon. The County budget provides funding for mental health services, transportation, housing, disability services, services for older adults, and for youth and adults in the justice system.
- We encourage you to get involved and share your priorities with your County Supervisor. You can find your supervisor here: https://www.findyourcountysupervisor.com/
- Attend a Listening Session with Chairwoman Nicholson to share your priorities: https://county.milwaukee.gov/EN/Board-of-Supervisors/Members/Marcelia-Nicholson-5th-District
Here is the Mental Health Task Force September testimony on department budget requests, shared with the County Executive at the September 8th budget hearing.
In 2014, the Milwaukee County Mental Health Board was created by 2013 Wisconsin Act 203 to oversee the provision of mental health functions and services in Milwaukee County. There is currently an open position on the board, as Robert Curry has resigned. We thank Robert for his service. His resignation leaves open the position on the board for “A representative of the community who is a consumer of mental health services.”
The Milwaukee Mental Health Task Force needs to hear from you. Please complete this survey to share your priorities for the Milwaukee County Behavioral Health Division Budget. The next BHD/ Milwaukee County budget will be challenging due to decreases in revenue. BHD and other departments are facing a significant reduction in tax levy. What services should be prioritized? Are there opportunities to save money or bring in new revenue?
Share your perspective. Survey results will be shared with the Mental Health Board, BHD and DHHS leadership, and the County Executive.
Complete the survey ASAP and no later than close of business Thursday June 11:
- Link to the survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/D66D269
Thanks for sharing your perspective! We also ask you to share the survey with your network – we especially seek input from those who receive BHD services.
The Mental Health Task Force submitted recommendations for the 2021 Behavioral Health Division (BHD) budget to the Milwaukee County Mental Health Board. We encourage you to participate in the 2021 BHD budget process and share your priorities with the Mental Health Board. Feel free to borrow from the Mental Health Task Force Testimony.
Here are some helpful links:
- Mental Health Task Force Testimony on the 2021 BHD Budget
- 2021 Milwaukee County DHHS Behavioral Health Division Budget– what’s happening and how you can participate
- Submit your budget comments. You may email the Mental Health Board.