Newsmakers: Mental Health Services
Recent mass shootings and the gun-control debate nationally has focused attention on mental health programs. Gov. Scott Walker's budget included $30 million more for these programs, for example, and Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele has promised to close the county's 150-patient mental health hospital and place them in community-based settings. Experts who discussed the need for new programs and efforts to deal with the stigma of mental illness were Newsmakers panelists Rep. Sandy Pasch, a mental health nurse; Barbara Beckert, Milwaukee Office Director of Disability Rights Wisconsin; Shel Gross, director of public policy for Mental Health America of Wisconsin and Hugh Davis, executive director of Wisconsin Family Ties.