Mental Health Task Force Update: Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Quick update on SB 565, the Milwaukee County Mental Health Board Bill:

As you know, the bill recently passed the Senate on a 33 - 0 vote. It looks as though Senate Bill 565 is on the proposed calendar for the Assembly this Thursday.

Should you want to contact your Assembly Representative regarding SB565, you can find contact information online at: http://legis.wisconsin.gov/Pages/leg-list.aspx?h=a

If the Bill passes the Assembly, it will then be signed into law by the Governor. The Governor needs to make appointments 60 days after the legislation is signed.

The two amendments to the bill take the place of the original proposal. Should you want to review the bill, here is a link: https://docs.legis.wisconsin.gov/2013/proposals/sb565 The two amendments can be accessed at https://docs.legis.wisconsin.gov/2013/related/amendments/sb565

If the bill is signed into law, there are several appointments where the Mental Health Task Force is asked to offer suggestions, and the Mental Health Task Force also has a seat on the board. I have copied the relevant information below for your reference.

POSITIONS WHERE THE TASK FORCE NEEDS TO PROVIDE INPUT

3. A representative of the community who is a consumer of mental health services and who is suggested by the Milwaukee County board of supervisors. The Milwaukee County board of supervisors shall solicit suggestions for individuals who have experienced mental illness or substance abuse from organizations including Warmline, the Milwaukee Mental Health Task Force, and the Milwaukee Co−occurring Competency Cadre. The Milwaukee County board of supervisors shall suggest to the Milwaukee County executive 4 representatives of the community for this board membership position.

8. A health care provider representing community−based mental health service providers who is suggested by the Milwaukee County board of supervisors. The Milwaukee County board of supervisors shall solicit suggestions from organizations including the Wisconsin Nurses Association, the Milwaukee Health Care Partnership, the Milwaukee Mental Health Task Force, and the Milwaukee Co−occurring Competency Cadre for health care providers specializing in community−based, recovery−oriented, mental health systems. The Milwaukee County board of supervisors shall suggest to the Milwaukee County executive 4 health care providers representing community−based mental health service providers for this board membership position.

9. An individual who is a consumer or family member representing community−based mental health service providers. The Milwaukee County executive shall solicit suggestions from organizations including the Milwaukee Health Care Partnership, the Milwaukee Mental Health Task Force, and the Milwaukee Co−occurring Competency Cadre for at least 4 consumers and family members representing community−based mental health service providers.

11. The chairperson of the Milwaukee Mental Health Task Force, or his or her designee.

Barbara Beckert, Milwaukee Office Director DISABILITY RIGHTS WISCONSIN
6737 W. Washington St., Suite 3230 Milwaukee, WI 53214
414–773–4646 Ext 15 Voice
888 758–6049 TTY
414–773–4647 Fax
barbara.beckert@drwi.org

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