Department of Health and Human Services
 

DHHS Governance

Empowering Safe, Healthy, Meaningful Lives Requires Great Governance

Boards and Committees

The Milwaukee County Department of Health and Human Services answers to the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors as both a policy and budgetary body for all activities in our Disabilities Services, Youth & Family Services and Housing Divisions. The Milwaukee County Mental Health Board, as of 2015 Wisconsin Act 203, holds the same role of authority over our Behavioral Health Division. Additionally, the Combined Community Services Board holds an advisory role over our Disabilities Services Division.

Further, DHHS maintains committees providing oversight for ethics at our Behavioral Health Division and for our Disability Resource Center.

The Aging and Disability Resources Center Governing Board of Milwaukee County

Advising policy and budget for the Milwaukee County DHHS Disabilities Services, and Milwaukee County Department on Aging, Aging and Disabilities Resources Center

Member  Status Position
Bruce, Pat  Chair Aging Advocate 
Jupka, Debra  Member Aging Advocate 
Meunier, William  Member  Aging Advocate 
Bush, Rachael, Vice Chair Member Aging Advocate 
Mayfield, M. Kent  Member Aging Advocate 
Dr. Lillich, David Member Aging Advocate 
Horton, Tracie Member Aging Advocate 
Sagar, Kiran Member Aging Advocate 
Pichler, Cindi Member  Professional for Disabilities
Galambos, Colleen, PhD, DSW Member  Professional for Aging 


(Updated Oct. 27, 2021)

Interested in becoming a member? We currently have openings on the ADRC Governance Board. Review our Recruitment Letter and our ADRC Board Commission Checklist to learn more about our charge, responsibilities and how to join.

ADRC Governance Board Brochure

The Aging and Disability Resources Center 2020 Listening Sessions Survey Results

The ADRC governing body hosted three virtual listening sessions in 2020, rather than in-person sessions due to the COVID-19 pandemic. A written survey was also conducted to gather feedback, both by mail and online. We invite our consumers and stakeholders to review the full Listening Session Report and appendices here: 

2020 Listening Session and Survey Report

2020 Listening Session and Survey Report Appendices

Do you have questions about the report? Contact ADRC Governance Board Chair Pat Bruce at [email protected]

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Commission on Aging

The Commission on Aging is the policymaking body that oversees the Milwaukee County DHHS Division on Aging. Commissioners are appointed by the County Executive and confirmed by the County Board. Commissioners are selected based on their proven interest and dedication to aging issues. They represent a diverse segment of the population with respect to age, race, ethnicity, socio-economic status and residence within the County.

2020 Commission on Aging Year-End Report

Meetings

Find dates for upcoming meetings, agendas and past meeting minutes through the county's CLIC site.

Current Commissioners Status
John Griffith Chair
Amber Miller  Vice Chair; Chair, Service Delivery Committee
Janice Wilberg, PhD Secretary; Chair, Advisory Council 
Elliott Moeser, PhD Legislative Officer; Chair, Advocacy Committee
Supervisor Sequanna Taylor  County Supervisor 
Gloria Pitchford-Nicholas, EdD  Chair, Senior Centers Select Committee
Gloria Miller  Chair, Wellness Committee 
Lily Alvarado  
Ronald Byington   
Richmond Izard   
Cherie Swenson   


(Updated May 26, 2022)

 

Milwaukee County Mental Health Board

Governing policy and budget for the Milwaukee County DHHS Behavioral Health Division. Contact the Mental Health Board.

Learn more about the 2023 BHD Budget and How to Participate.

 

Maria Perez, PhD, LCSW

Board Chairwoman

Committee Member:

Executive

Governance

Vice-President of Behavioral Health

Sixteenth Street Community Health Center

Mary Neubauer, MSW, CPS

Board Vice-Chairwoman

Quality Committee Chairwoman

Committee Member:

Community Engagement

Executive

Finance

Governance

 

Kathleen Eilers, RN, MSN

Board Secretary

Committee Member:

Finance

Governance

Quality

Former Administrator

Milwaukee County Behavioral Health Division

Shirley Drake, BS, CPS

 Committee Member:

         Community Engagement

         Quality

Program Coordinator - Office of Consumer Affairs

Wisconsin Community Services     

Rachel Forman, PhD

Committee Member:

Quality

Executive Director

Grand Avenue Club

Sheri Johnson, PhD

Ex-Officio Member

Director

University of Wisconsin - Madison Population Health Institute

 

Kenneth Ginlack

Chief Executive Officer

Serenity Inns, Inc.

Governance Committee Chairman      

Committee Member:

         Community Engagement

        

Rev. Walter Lanier, M.Div, JD

Committee Member:

Community Engagement

Director of Counseling, Advising, & Career Planning

Milwaukee Area Technical College

Dennise Lavrenz, RN, MBA, CENP

MCFI, Former Chief Clinical Officer/Senior VP Client Services

Community Engagement Chairwoman

Committee Member:

Finance

Quality

Jon Lehrmann, MD

Committee Member:

Finance

Ex-Officio Member

Chairman

Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine, Medical College of Wisconsin

Tom Lutzow, PhD, MBA

Finance Committee Chairman

Committee Member:

Executive

Governance

President/CEO

Independent Care Health Plan (iCare)

 

LaNelle Ramey

Executive Director

MENTOR Greater Milwaukee

Dr. Amy Ridley Meyers, Ph.D.

Licensed Psychologist

Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Children's Hospital Wisconsin

2022 Mental Health Board and Committee Meeting Schedule

Meeting accommodations: ADA accommodation requests should be filed with the Milwaukee County Office for Persons with Disabilities by calling (414) 278-3932 or 711 (TRS).

Board and committee meeting dates, times and meeting locations are posted below. Mental Health Board meeting materials and records are on Milwaukee County's Legislative Information Center (CLIC).

2022 Mental Health Board

All dates are the fourth Thursday of the month, except for the June meeting (due to a conflict with the MHB Finance Committee) and the December meeting (due to the holidays).

Date Time Location Public Comment
January 27 4:30 pm Microsoft Teams Meeting (See Agenda for Details) GENERAL
February 24 9:00 am Microsoft Teams Meeting (See Agenda for Details) NO
March 17 4:30 pm Microsoft Teams Meeting (See Agenda for Details) Re: BUDGET
April 28 9:00 am Microsoft Teams Meeting  (See Agenda for Details) NO
June 16 9:00 am Microsoft Teams Meeting  (See Agenda for Details) NO
July 7 8:00 am Microsoft Teams Meeting  (See Agenda for Details) NO - Budget Presentation/Approval
August 25 9:00 am Microsoft Teams Meeting (See Agenda for Details) NO
September 22 4:30 pm Microsoft Teams Meeting (See Agenda for Details) Re: GENERAL
October 27 9:00 am Microsoft Teams Meeting (See Agenda for Details) NO
December 8 8:00 am Microsoft Teams Meeting (See Agenda for Details) NO

 

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2022 Mental Health Board Finance Committee

Date Time Location Topic(s) Public Comment
February 24 8:00 am Microsoft Teams Meeting (See Agenda for Details) Contracts Approval NO
March 24 1:30 pm Microsoft Teams Meeting (See Agenda for Details) Quarterly Meeting NO
April 28 8:00 am Microsoft Teams Meeting (See Agenda for Details) Contracts Approval NO
June 2 4:30 pm Microsoft TeamsMeeting (See Agenda for Details) Preliminary Budget Presentation NO
June 14 4:30 pm  Microsoft Teams Meeting (See Agenda for Details) BUDGET (See Agenda and/or Flyer for Comment Submission Details) YES
June 16 8:00 am Microsoft Teams Meeting (See Agenda for Details) Contracts Approval NO
June 23 1:30 pm Microsoft TeamsMeeting (See Agenda for Details) BUDGET (Presentation [See Agenda for Comment Submission] & Budget Recommendation) YES
August 25 8:00 am Microsoft TeamsMeeting (See Agenda for Details) Contracts Approval NO
September 8 1:30 pm Microsoft Teams Meeting (See Agenda for Details) Quarterly Meeting NO
October 27 8:00 am Microsoft Teams Meeting (See Agenda for Details) Contracts Approval NO
December 1 1:30 pm Microsoft Teams Meeting (See Agenda for Details) Quarterly Meeting/Contracts Approval NO

 

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2022 Mental Health Board Quality Committee

Date Time Location
January 10 10:00 am Microsoft Teams Meeting (See Agenda for Details)
March 7 10:00 am Microsoft Teams Meeting (See Agenda for Details)
May 2 10:00 am Microsoft Teams Meeting (See Agenda for Details)
July 11 10:00 am Microsoft Teams Meeting (See Agenda for Details)
September 12 10:00 am Microsoft Teams Meeting (See Agenda for Details)
November 7 10:00 am Microsoft Teams Meeting (See Agenda for Details)

 

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2022 Mental Health Board Executive Committee

The Mental Health Board Executive Committee meets three times a year and at the Call of the Chair.

Date Time Location
March 10 10:00 a.m. Microsoft Teams Meeting (See Agenda for Details)
August 11 1:30 p.m. Microsoft Teams Meeting (See Agenda for Details)

Mental Health Board meeting materials and records are on Milwaukee County's Legislative Information Center (CLIC).

Milwaukee County Mental Health Board Public Notice Archive

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  • 2015 Public Notices

Members of the Milwaukee County Mental Health Board may attend the following meetings to participate or to gather information. Therefore, notice is hearby given that these meetings may constitute a meeting of the Milwaukee County Mental Health Board and/or a meeting of one or more of the Board's committees, although no action will be taken at these meetings by the Mental Health Board or any of its committees.

Milwaukee Mental Health Task Force    

Every second Tuesday of the month

3:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Independence First

540 S. 1st St.

Milwaukee, WI 53204

 

Combined Community Services Board

January 14, 2015

9:30 am

Marcia P. Coggs Building

1220 W. Vliet Rm. 104

Milwaukee, WI 53205

 

March 11, 2015

9:30 am

Marcia P. Coggs Building

1220 W. Vliet Rm. 104

Milwaukee, WI 53205

Milwaukee County Mental Health Board Policies and Bylaws

Milwaukee County Mental Health Board Community Stakeholder Advisory Council

The Milwaukee County Mental Health Board Community Stakeholder Advisory Council seeks to strengthen the county’s overall strategy for addressing behavioral health within the community by providing real-time feedback and consumer connection, supporting BHS’ redesigned community-based mental health care model. It also serves as a resource to the Mental Health Board by gathering information regarding the quality of the experience mental health care consumers, families and advocates receive when using BHS supported services, including Granite Hills Hospital and the Mental Health Emergency Center (MHEC). To learn more about the Advisory Council, please read our Charter.

Current Advisory Council Members  Status
Brenda Wesley Chairperson
Mary Neubauer Peer Advocate 
Sandra Pasch  Peer Advocate and Family Member 
Desilyn Smith Peer Advocate and Family Member
Jona Morales Peer Advocate
William Muhammad  Family Member 
Darnelle Bowles  Faith Community 
Lutrena Johnson Family Member 
Troney Small  Peer Advocate and Family Member 
Claire Keys  Peer Advocate 
John Griffith  Aging and LGBTQ 


(Updated October 7, 2022)

 

2022 Advisory Board Meeting Schedule

Advisory Board meetings are open to the public and take place at 6 p.m. on the fourth Monday of each month through October 2022. Meetings after October 2022 will occur on a bi-monthly basis.

Date  Time  Location (Microsoft Teams or in-person)
5/23/2022 6 p.m.  
6/27/2022 6 p.m.  
7/25/2022 6 p.m.   
8/22/2022 6 p.m.   
9/26/2022  6 p.m.   
10/23/2022 6 p.m.   
     
     
     
     

 

For more information about the Milwaukee County Mental Health Board Community Stakeholder Advisory Council, please click on the appropriate link below or visit our Facebook page.

 

The Combined Community Services Board of Milwaukee County

Advising policy and budget for Milwaukee County DHHS Disabilities Services.

Meeting schedules, records and details for the CCSB are housed on CLIC.

Combined Community Services Board Priorities 2022-2023

Dennise Lavrenz, RN, MBA, CENP

Board Chair

MCFI, Former Chief Clinical Officer/Senior VP Client Services

 

Julie Alexander

Julie Alexander

Citizen Advocate

Cindy Bentley

Champion

Special Olympics

Lisa Burg

Disabilities Advocate

Priscilla Coggs-Jones

 District 13
Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors

Luanne McGregor

Disabilities Advocate

Robyn Rodgers

Robyn R. Rodgers

Case Manager

Duncan Shrout

Vice President, Public Policy & Government Affairs (ret.)

IMPACT, Inc.

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BHD Ethics Committee

The BHD Ethics Committee encourages individuals to bring situations and cases to them for consultation. This committee can be of great utility in both serving a consultation role as well as providing an educational perspective.

Member Status Division Email
Cram, Jacquelyn  Member CARS  [email protected]
Derse, Arthur R., M.D., J.D. Ex-Officio MCW Bioethics  [email protected]
Feagles, James Member CARS  [email protected]
Green, Gabe Member Nursing - CARS [email protected]
Gurney, Ray Member Spirituality [email protected]
Kuehl, Justin, Psy.D. Co-Chair Psychology - Admin.  [email protected]
McSorley, Kevin, Psy.D Member Psychology - Acute [email protected]
Morgenweck, Cynthiane, M.D., M.A.  Member MCW Bioethics  [email protected]
Owen, Julie, M.D.  Member Psychiatry - MCW Attending [email protected]
Post, Angela  Member Nursing Administration [email protected]
Rahilly, John Member Pharmacy  [email protected]
Schneider, John, M.D.  Ex-Officio Psychiatry - Admin.  [email protected]
Sharpe, Robert, M.D.  Member Psychiatry - Crisis  [email protected]
Spellecy, Ryan, Ph.D.  Member MCW Bioethics  [email protected]
Stirnichuk, Gemma  Member Nursing - Crisis RN [email protected]v
Thrasher, Tony, D.O.  Co-Chair Psychiatry - Crisis Admin.  [email protected]
Wheaton, Vicki Member Medical Records [email protected]
Wisniewski, Joshua Member  Consumer Affairs/Peer Supervisor  [email protected]
Admin Support:       
Kramer, Diane    MCW Bioethics  
Tym, Kris    MCW Bioethics   

 

(Updated October 25, 2020)

 

MILWAUKEE COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF 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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