Leadership Change At Milwaukee County Behavioral Health Division

I am writing to inform you all that Susan Gadacz has transitioned out of the position of Deputy Community Access to Recover Services at Milwaukee County Behavioral Health Division. I want to thank Susan for her many contributions to the Milwaukee County Behavioral Health Division. Sue provided leadership to important work including co-chairing the Mental Health Redesign Task Force, and the application process for CCS in Milwaukee County, among other actions as we expanded community based services.

I want to assure the Mental Health Board that this important work will continue. The wellbeing and recovery of patients, families, and the community we serve is a priority for BHD leaders and staff. We remain committed to moving forward with ongoing Mental Health Redesign efforts and to enhancing and expanding our community based services. We also remain focused on strengthening our current partnerships and fostering new relationships that will help us reach the goal of creating a robust community based, patient-centered and recovery-oriented system.

I am pleased to announce the appointment of Amy Lorenz, MSSW, LCSW to the position of Deputy, Community Access to Recovery Services. Amy is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin Madison with a double major in psychology and social work. She earned a certificate in criminal justice, did independent research in social psychology, and graduated with distinction. She has since earned a Master’s of Science in Social Work at UW, as well as certifications as a Licensed Social Worker, and Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) Trainer.

Amy began her social work roles with the State of Wisconsin Department of Corrections at Ethan Allen School. She joined Milwaukee County Behavioral Health Division in Acute Inpatient Services as a Psychiatric Social Worker in June 2005. Since that time she moved from Psychiatric Crisis Services Coordinator to Director of Crisis Services. Within that role, she provided development and leadership to the PCS, Observation unit, Crisis Mobile Team, 24 hour Crisis Line, two Crisis Resource Centers, Community Linkages and Stabilization Program, and about 200 staff members involved in the delivery of those services. She has participated in Crisis Intervention Training of area police officers and sheriff deputies. She has demonstrated strong collaborative relationships with teams, disciplines, stakeholders, and partner organizations.

Amy is recognized for her leadership, vision, outcomes orientation, staff support, and always passion for supporting the patients/clients, families, and communities we serve. She will begin her transition into the role immediately, working in collaboration with Jennifer Wittwer, Bruce Kamradt, and the many talented members of the CARSD and Wraparound Milwaukee teams.

Thank you for your continued support.

Pat Schroeder

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