Public Policy

About the MHA Office of Public Policy

On a local and state-wide level, MHA provides leadership on mental health advocacy and keeps MHA's members informed about important public policy issues in Milwaukee, Madison and Washington, D.C.

MHA staff serve on several mental health committees including the Wisconsin Council on Mental Health, Wisconsin United for Mental Health and the Milwaukee County Mental Health Task Force. MHA is also a member of the Survival Coalition of Wisconsin Disability Organizations and elevates mental health policy concerns in a cross-systems context through these organizations.

MHA also utilizes its prevention/early intervention activities as a springboard to impact mental health policy. The Prevention/Early Intervention Initiative's goal is to intervene earlier with persons at risk of mental illness who are experiencing early signs and symptoms of mental illness.

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The Wisconsin Council on Mental Health (WCMH)

The Wisconsin Council on Mental Health (WCMH) is legislatively mandated under section15.197(1), Wisconsin Statutes, as the mental health planning Council for the State. It was created to advise the Governor, the Legislature and the Department of Health Services on the allocation of Mental Health Block Grant funds. The Council has 20 to 25 members appointed by the Governor, meeting bi-monthly. At least 50 percent of the members are consumers, family members and/or advocates. Other members represent state agencies, mental health providers, and other organizations or groups. The WCMH evaluates and reviews the mental health system's progress towards achieving improved client outcomes and the adequacy of mental health services in the State.

You can find out more information on this process as it unfolds by checking out information from meetings at the WCMH website.


Mary Neubauer, Public Policy & Advocacy Coordinator, 414-336-7965 or