Milwaukee Mental Health Task Force/Make It Work Milwaukee Action Alert

COUNTY BOARD PUBLIC HEARING

(On County Executive’s 2013 Recommended Budget, including amendments by the Finance, Personnel and Audit Committee)
Monday, October 29, 2012 – 6:30 p.m.
Bradley Pavilion of the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts 929 N. Water Street in Milwaukee

Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

Parking is free

It’s critical that advocates, peer specialists, providers, consumers, colleagues, friends and family attend the meeting where we can put a voice to the needs for those who can’t speak for themselves. There is power in numbers! Please arrive early if want to fill out a card to speak or if you prefer you can stand with us in solidarity.

We have a major challenge before us and need to get the message across to all of the County Board Supervisors regarding the importance of investing in community mental health services. The 2013 budget actually reduces funding for adult community services. Downsizing institutional services will save over a million dollars which should be invested into community services!

Please contact your Milwaukee County supervisor (list below) and ask them to support Supervisor Harris’s amendment to fund community mental health services with the savings from downsizing at the Mental Health Complex.

Budget InitiativesProjected Savings
Close one of four acute care units at the Mental Health Complex$875,224
Close 24 beds at Hilltop, the intermediate care facility at the Mental Health Complex$193,030
Outsource BHD operated downtown Community Support Services (CSP)$397,569
PROJECTED SAVINGS THAT SHOULD BE INVESTED IN COMMUNITY SERVICES$1,465,283

Multiple studies consistently recommend that the dollars saved from downsizing institutional care should support an expansion of community services and supports. This policy was endorsed by the County Board in resolution 11–516, and signed by County Executive Chris Abele.

RSVP to this e-mail if you are able to attend. If you would like to speak and are not sure what to say we can provide you with talking points. Speaking is not a requirement to attend. Please forward this e-mail to two people that would not typically receive it or be on the list serve for the Mental Health Task Force or Make It Work Milwaukee.

In solidarity please wear something RED to the meeting on Monday.

Thank You,
Mary Neubauer - Certified Peer Specialist
Milwaukee Mental Health Task Force - Co-chair

Milwaukee County Elected Officials – Contact Information
County Executive Chris AbeleMilwaukee County Board of Supervisors
901 N. 9th StreetMilwaukee County Courthouse
Courthouse, Room 306901 North 9th Street, RM 201
Milwaukee , WI 53233–1458Milwaukee, WI 53233
414–278–4211 /Fax: 414–223–1375Phone: 414–278–4222 / Fax: 414–278–1380
countyexec@milwcnty.com 
Note: If you are not sure who your supervisor is, call the main number 278–4222.
DistrictSupervisorPhoneE-mail
1.Theodore Lipscomb278–4257Theodore.Lipscomb@milwcnty.com
2.Nikiya Harris278–4278nikiya.harris@milwcnty.com
3.Gerry Broderick278–4237gerry.broderick@milwcnty.com
4.Marina Dimitrijevic278–4232marina.dimitrijevic@milwcnty.com
5.Russell Stamper II278–4261Russell.stamper@milwcnty.com
6.Luigi Schmitt278–4273james.schmitt@milwcnty.com
7.Michael Mayo Sr.278–4241michael.mayo@milwcnty.com
8.Patricia Jursik278–4231patricia.jursik@milwcnty.com
9.Steve Taylor278–4267steve.taylor@milwcnty.com
10.David Bowen278–4265david.f.bowen@milwcnty.com
11.Mark Borkowski278–4253mark.borkowski@milwcnty.com
12.Peggy West278–4269peggy.west@milwcnty.com
13.Willie Johnson Jr.278–4233willie.johnson@milwcnty.com
14.Jason Haas278–4252Jason.haas@milwcnty.com
15.David Cullen278–4263david.cullen@milwcnty.com
16.John Weishan, Jr.278–4255john.weishan@milwcnty.com
17.Joe Sanfelippo278–4247joe.sanfelippo@milwcnty.com
18.Deanna Alexander278–4259mailto:deanna.alexander@milwcnty.com

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