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.

The WCMH is beginning a needs assessment and strategic planning process to comply with federal requirements of the mental health block grant. Click here to see the framework for the needs assessment and click here for a listing of potential data sources.

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


Shel Gross appointed chair of the Wisconsin Council on Mental Health 

Shel GrossShel Gross, MHA Director of Public Policy, assumed the position of Chair of the Wisconsin Council on Mental Health (WCMH) on July 1. The WCMH is a statutorily mandated council appointed by the Governor whose role is to advise the Governor, Legislature and state agencies on mental health policy.

Shel is clear on his goals as Chair of the WCMH: “Since my election as Chair at the WCMH’s May meeting one thing I have heard most consistently is a desire for a clear vision for mental health services in Wisconsin. This coincides with new federal requirements as part of the mental health block grant for state level strategic planning leading to a set of priorities and goals for the State. It is my hope that over the next two years I can work with the members of the WCMH, its committees and all interested stakeholders to create a set of priorities and goals that reflect a joint vision for what we want mental health services to look like in Wisconsin.” More >>

About the Office of Public Policy

Office of Public PolicyOn 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, the MHA Council of Wisconsin, and the Milwaukee County Mental Health Task Force. The MHA is also a member of the Survival Coalition of Wisconsin Disability Organizations and the Wisconsin Prevention Network and elevates mental health policy concerns in a cross-systems context through these organizations.

The 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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Shel Gross, Director of Public Policy, (608) 250-4368 or email. Use our Contact Form.