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Delivering Energy Assistance and Education

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Providing Youth and Families With Supervision and Support in Pursuing a Pro-social Future

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Connecting Individuals With Disabilities to Resources That Promote Independence and Inclusion

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Supporting Individuals With Accessing and Maintaining Housing

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Opioid Settlement Funds 

On December 15, 2021, the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors approved Resolution 21-1127, which authorized Milwaukee County Office of Corporation Counsel (“OCC”) to enter into the Settlement Agreement. Wisconsin will receive $420 million, which will be divided between 87 local governments. Milwaukee County’s portion of those funds total approximately $71 million. After attorney fees, Milwaukee County will receive approximately $56.6 million, which will be paid out in approximately $3 million annually. Learn more about the Opioid Settlement Fund.

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The Milwaukee County Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is extending its Better Ways to Cope campaign to now include regranting of Opioid Settlement Fund dollars. Since 2021, Better Ways to Cope has regranted substance abuse prevention funds to local community-based programs. We are pleased to build upon the values and track record of Better Ways to Cope to meet the serious challenge presented by our county's opioid crisis. Milwaukee County invites nonprofit and for-profit agencies to join the Better Ways to Cope Campaign by proposing prevention, harm reduction, treatment, and recovery initiatives that focus on increasing access to information and resources for reducing opioid-related overdose deaths, preventing substance misuse disorder and increasing healthy coping choices.

Important Dates

Application Launch

March 25, 2024

The public will gain access to the application via the Better Ways to Cope website.
They must download the Information Packet (PDF), Application (Word Document), and Budget Template (Excel) to apply.

Information Session

April 10, 2024

Interested parties will learn how to complete the application and have an opportunity to ask questions.

Application Due Date

May 17, 2024

Applications and important documents should be emailed to Wendy Weckler, Hope House Executive Director at [email protected].

Selection Announcement

June 28, 2024

An independent review panel will rank each application using objective criteria and announce which agencies are receiving awards. Awardees will be notified via email.

In-Person Kick-Off Meeting

July 11, 2024

Applicants, project partners and community members will celebrate the start of each project.

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What DHHS Has Accomplished for Our Community

2023 DHHS Annual Report

2023 DHHS Annual Report

In 2023, DHHS...

  • In 2023, DHHS continued to build on our successes and momentum. 
  • 2023 was the third year of operationalizing the DHHS Strategic Plan and implementing our No Wrong Door philosophy—we closed gaps in service delivery, invested in physical infrastructure, and were recognized as a national leader by our peers. 
  • We looked at how to improve synergy across the department and how to amplify programs and initiatives, leading to system improvement, and moving us toward creating a healthy community, together. 

2022 DHHS Annual Report

2022 DHHS Annual Report

In 2022, DHHS...

  • DHHS reached a milestone in the redesign of the behavioral health system with the closure of the Mental Health Complex and move to a community-based system of care.

  • Advanced plans to build a new Marcia P. Coggs building moved forward, creating a human services campus in the same trusted location where services have been delivered for 50 years.

  • Developed plans to build 120 single-family homes in the King Park neighborhood.

  • DHHS prioritized community outreach to bring awareness of available services and programs.

2021 DHHS Annual Report

2021 DHHS Annual Report

In 2021, DHHS...

  • Integrated the Children's System of Care and Adult System of Care, and combined the Aging & Disability Resource Center
  • Kept more than 11,000 families in their homes through eviction prevention
  • Launched the prevention-focused Credible Messenger Program, a community-based approach to youth justice
  • Served hundreds of thousands of meals to older adults

2020 DHHS Annual Report

2020 DHHS Annual Report

In 2020, DHHS...

  • Navigated changes brought on by a worldwide pandemic, adapting service delivery with no interruption in services across DHHS
  • Provided shelter for 175 homeless individuals during the COVID-19 crisis
  • Served more than 62,000 customers through the Wisconsin Home Energy Assistance Program
  • In July, achieved an historic low youth incarceration rate

Department Leaders

Executive Director

Shakita LaGrant-McClain

Shakita LaGrant-McClain
Director, Health & Human Services
[email protected]

Deputy Director

David Muhammad

David Muhammad
Deputy Director, Health & Human Services
[email protected]


1220 W. Vliet St.

Suite 301

Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53205

Our Vision

Together, creating healthy communities.

Our Mission

Empowering safe, healthy, meaningful lives.

Our Values

Partnership, Respect, Integrity, 

Diversity, Excellence

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