Department of Health and Human Services

Never Forget Why You Became a Nurse

At BHS, We Never Do

Purpose, Drive and Compassion...

...are at the bedrock of what we do and who we are. With our transformation to become the national leader in behavioral health services, we won’t hire people who don’t share those values. But for the ones who do, we go a step further. We offer financial perks and an opportunity to be on the front-line with a team changing the way behavioral health care is delivered to Milwaukee County. We need nurses who have what it takes to make a difference in the lives of Milwaukee County residents with mental health needs.

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Now is a great time to join the team of nurses at the Behavioral Health Services. With so much attention on the subject of substance abuse and mental health care nationally, we're really on the forefront of the organizations that are transforming the way we prevent, treat and assist our community with recovery from these illnesses. Our nurses work with the most severe and most in-need populations in Milwaukee County – allowing them to gain exposure to treatment practices they'll draw from their entire careers. 

Our Nurses Have Access to Perks*

  • $7,500 sign-on bonus for full-time RNs, GNs, Emergency Service Clinicians and Emergency Service Clinicians-RN

  • $3,750 sign-on bonus for part-time RNs, GNs, Emergency Service Clinicians and Emergency Service Clinicians-RN

  • Federal loan forgiveness through the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program, does not apply to those working in crisis services

  • Full-time benefits for part-time positions

  • School loan payback of up to $10,000 for full-time, hospital-based RNs 

  • School loan payback of up to $5,000 for part-time, hospital-based RNs with at least 40 hours per pay period

*Restrictions apply. Talk to our nurse recruiter for more details.

Working at BHS

The Complacent: Need Not Apply

A BHD child and adolescent services nurse manager, Jeff is a "second-career nurse." He spent 20 years in construction and decided that he wanted a shift – to a career that allowed him to help others. And it has changed his life. Watch Jeff's story to learn what the change has meant to him.

Status Quo: Need Not Apply

Vie is a mom and a mental health nurse who works part-time with the Behavioral Health Services in psychiatric crisis services (PCS). She supports her family, while practicing a type of nursing that cannot be found anywhere else in our community.

The Apathetic: Need Not Apply

Lauren is a driven psychiatric crisis services nurse manager who had no intention of practicing "psych nursing" when she was in college. Now, she's on the front-line of a career that allows her to have an impact in her community and fight the stigma that surrounds mental health. Watch her story.

Answers to Your Questions

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  How do I apply online?

To get the fastest attention for your application, fill out the form on this page and our nurse recruiter will reach out to you directly. You can find and apply to all of our openings at the Milwaukee County’s Careers Portal.

  What is the expected timeframe before knowing my application status?

A recruiter will be in contact with you within seven to ten business days.

  I submitted an application, but have not heard back. What should I do?

If you have any questions regarding your application please feel free to contact the Milwaukee County Human Resources Department at 414-278-4143 or  [email protected]

  I’ve heard the facility is closing. Is that true?

The Mental Health Complex was built in the 1960's to care for individuals with mental illness who, at that time, expected to permanently reside in this facility. Best practices in care and laws have changed. Over the past three years, we have only closed our long-term care floors.  The Behavioral Health Division is still in operation and we are excited to move forward, building a best practice model of care that includes partnering with excellent providers to provide acute inpatient and community-based services. Services provided in our acute hospital and psychiatric emergency department will move in two to three years. Employees who work in these departments are exceptionally trained and will have the opportunity to apply for positions in the new locations.

  Will I remain in my job through the transition to a new facility?

It is our expectation that Behavioral Health Division employees will remain employed through the transition of our hospital and psychiatric crisis services to the new facility.

Where We Are Located


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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