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The Wisconsin Policy Forum is a nonpartisan, independent statewide policy research organization with offices in Milwaukee and Madison. Our mission is to provide informed, nonpartisan analysis of critical policy issues affecting local governments, school districts, and the state of Wisconsin. Our research and facilitation activities encourage elected officials and community leaders to find effective, data-driven solutions to pressing policy challenges, and promote productive discussion among the public and private sectors.

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2019 Annual Meeting

5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Wisconsin Club
900 W Wisconsin Ave, Milwaukee, WI
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Psychiatric Crisis Redesign in Milwaukee County

Phase I Report

December 2018


For the past several months, the Forum has partnered with the Massachusetts-based Human Services Research Institute to facilitate a project aimed at redesigning the psychiatric crisis service system in Milwaukee County. The project stemmed from the impending outsourcing of Milwaukee County Behavioral Health Division (BHD) inpatient services and the anticipated closure of the county’s Mental Health Complex, including BHD’s psychiatric emergency department. It was steered by an Advisory Committee comprised of public and private sector behavioral health leaders and administrative representatives.

In our role as facilitator, we publish two reports – the Phase I adult behavioral health care delivery system conceptual plan developed by...
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