Make It Work Milwaukee Coalition
Support Mental Health Recovery Services in the State Budget(2/8/2011)
Governor Walker is working on the 2011-2013 state budget which he will present on February 22. Mental Health RECOVERY services have been either unfunded or underfunded by the state for way too long and the Counties are broke. It is time we SPEAK OUT!!!!!
It is important that the Governor Walker and DHS Secretary Dennis Smith hear from the community and especially from consumer/survivors about the urgent need to fund the vital mental health RECOVERY services in the state budget.
Action Needed NOW
Contact Governor Walker and Secretary Smith as soon as possible. Tell them “WE NEED PREVENTION SERVICES! WE NEED EARLY INTERVENTION SERVICES! WE CAN AND WILL RECOVER WITH THE RIGHT SERVICES AND SUPPORTS! WE WANT TO BE PART OF THE SOLUTION TO THE MENTAL HEALTH CRISIS IN WISCONSIN
Write a letter to the editor about the importance of funding these vital programs. Letters are limited to 200 words and must include your name, address, and daytime phone. Email to firstname.lastname@example.org. (for help with writing a letter, email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org )
Collect stories about the need for RECOVERY based mental health services and send to email@example.com
Join United We Stand Wisconsin (http://groups.google.com/group/united-we-stand-wi) and post your story or letter to help and encourage others and to get the latest updates on the state budget and mental health services
Here is a sample message for you to personalize with your own story:
Dear Governor Walker and Secretary Smith,
As you develop the state budget, I urge you to fund mental health services in a smart and resourceful way. State of the art programs like Consumer Run Recovery Services, Peer Specialist Services, Comprehensive Community Services, Peer Run Respite Houses can save the state millions of dollars and should be available in all counties. These are proactive services that often prevent people with mental illness from experiencing a crisis. These programs instead lead many closer to recovery and wellness. Expensive and traumatizing crisis and institutional services such as hospitals, nursing homes, corrections and law enforcement interventions are NOT Evidence Based Practices and should only be used as an absolute last resort. I know you face a difficult budget, by supporting RECOVERY based mental health services, you not only save money…you save lives!!!!!
Sign with your full name and address
Governor Scott Walker
Office of Governor Scott Walker
115 East Capitol
Madison WI 53702
Secretary Dennis Smith
Department of Health Services
1 West Wilson Street
Madison, WI 53703