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Energy Assistance

Delivering Energy Assistance and Education

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Children, Youth & Family Services

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

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Disabilities Services

Connecting Individuals With Disabilities to Resources That Promote Independence and Inclusion

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Housing Services

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. More information on how the funds will be used can be found here


Highlights from the 2021 DHHS Annual Report 

Youth Justice Highlight: Credible Messenger Program

The Credible Messenger Program launched in May of 2021 at Sherman Park. The program is a community-based approach focused on prevention, transformative mentoring and restorative justice. Since the program launched:

  • 70 active youth in the program

  • 3,246 collective community engagement hours

Aging Services Highlight: Dine Out Program

Through the Dine Out Program, Milwaukee County works with minority owned restaurants to provide older adults to new and exciting food options, including breakfast, lunch and dinner meals.

  • 372 diners
  • 4,910 meals received though the program

Behavioral Health Services Highlight: Grab & Go Event 

Grab & Go events at Owen’s Place were held once a month, from March through October, to support the community during the COVID-19 health crisis. Children’s Community Mental Health Services and Wraparound Milwaukee handed out items, including clothing, household items, gun locks, pill disposal kits, mental health education information, books, food, school supplies and much more.

  • 576 individuals were served over the course of the eight 2021 Grab & Go events

Housing Services Highlight: Eviction Prevention

The Housing Division’s partnership with the State of Wisconsin and Community Advocates to address the eviction crisis resulted in $100 million secured to provide rental assistance through the Emergency Rental Assistance Program.

  • Approximately 11,000 at-risk Milwaukee County families were able to stay in their homes

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Disabilities Services Highlight: Increased Outreach, Program Enrollment 

Children’s Programs, including Birth to 3, Children’s Long-Term Support, and Children’s Community Options Program, focused on increased outreach to communities of color. Print materials and videos were made available in Spanish. The outreach increased awareness of programs for children with disabilities, addressed social and cultural stigma attached to disabilities, remove barriers to accessing supports and services.

  • 36% increase in enrollment for Children’s Long-Term Support Program

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Veterans Services Highlight: Free Legal Assistance 

The Veterans’ Services Office in partnership with the Marquette Volunteer Legal Clinic provided free legal assistance to veterans and their families. the Veterans’ Service Office was able to work through the pandemic to keep services going.

  • 100 veterans and their families received free legal assistance

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What DHHS Has Accomplished for Our Community

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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

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

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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
Director, Health & Human Services


Deputy Director

David Muhammad
Deputy Director, Health & Human Services


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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