January 9th meeting to feature Chief Judge Maxine White

Milwaukee Mental Health Task Force – January 9th meeting Announcement

Please join us for the January 9th meeting of the Milwaukee Mental Health Task Force, Tuesday, January 9th, from 3 – 5 PM at IndependenceFirst, 540 S. 1st St. The meeting will include a special update from Chief Judge Maxine White on the work the Community Justice Council is leading to divert people with mental illness from the criminal justice system.

Note: Please arrive early to allow time for parking so we can start on time. You may need to park on the street.

Our agenda will include the following:

1. A key Milwaukee Mental Health Task Force priority is supporting policies to divert people with mental illness from the criminal justice system, and connect them with services and supports to advance recovery. Our January meeting will feature an update on these efforts from leadership of the Milwaukee Community Justice Council including the MacArthur Foundation Safety and Justice Challenge.

Special guest speakers include Milwaukee Community Justice Council Chair Chief Judge Maxine White and Chief Deputy District Attorney for Milwaukee County Kent Lovern. Other members of the CJC leadership team will also be in attendance and available to answer questions. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear from community leaders. The meeting will include time for a few questions – we will collect these on index cards to maximize the time for addressing questions.

Link to the CJC website: http://milwaukee.gov/cjc

2. Our Diversity Committee “Something to Think About” initiative will feature small group discussion of key questions including the impact racism has on mental health and on access to services, cultural barriers to providing or receiving services, and more – see attached survey and questions for more detail. If you did not complete the survey yet, we would value your input. Use the Survey monkey link or complete the paper copy and submit at the January meeting.

3. Policy updates on county, state and federal issues.

Reminder: There are several openings on the Mental Health Task Force Steering committee. Service on the Steering Committee is a leadership role and requires previous participation in the Milwaukee Mental Health Task Force. The Steering Committee plays a leadership role in helping to support the work of the Task Force including helping to guide and implement advocacy and programmatic priorities. If you are passionate about advancing the quality of mental health and substance use disorder services in our community, please consider applying to participate in this important work. The application form is attached.

Environmental/Chemical Sensitivities: For the safety and comfort of those with chemical sensitivities, IndependenceFirst requests that people visiting our agency, refrain from using any perfumed products and not smoke near the building.

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