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Recovery Implementation Task Force (RITF)

Vision Statement

Mental Health and Substance Abuse consumers of all ages and cultures in Wisconsin are thriving under the principles of recovery in all aspects of life. Mental Health and Substance Abuse services throughout the state incorporate recovery focused principles such that all consumers can move into recovery. 

Mission Statement

To transform Wisconsin mental health and substance abuse services to embody recovery, hope, dignity and empowerment throughout the lifespan, in partnership with the Department of Health Services, Division of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, and Bureau of Prevention Treatment and Recovery.

RITF Membership:

Ed Erwin and Shelley Monroe are co-chairs of the Task Force. Task Force membership currently includes Consumers, Providers, County Representatives, and Family Members from across Wisconsin. If you are interested in becoming a member of the Task Force please contact Faith Boersma.

Committees Of the Task Force:

Membership and Outreach

Chair: Shelly Monroe, Staff: Faith Boersma

Dual Recovery

Co-chairs: Mark Clark and Ed Erwin, Staff: Faith Boersma
To expand the implementation of effective practices, grounded in the principles of recovery, that support people living with mental health, substance use, and associated ongoing healthcare conditions.

Recovery Education

Co-chairs: Robin Pedersen and Alyce Knowlton-Jablonski, Staff: Cheryl Lofton
To educate in order to increase understanding of recovery.
People lead their own recoveries and actively participate in all chosen aspects of their lives and communities

Health Care Integration

Co-chairs: Maria Hanson and Marie Nesemann, Staff: Donna Riemer
Providing healthcare to a diverse population in a holistic & integrated manner that respects the whole human being at every stage of life.

Peer Specialist

Co-chairs: Mary Neubauer and Sue Schuler, Staff: Lalea Lampe

  • We envision a day when no person facing a mental illness &/ or substance abuse challenge, will walk the recovery journey alone; rather, they will experience and come to know a sense of hope and possibility within the range of supportive choices offered to them.
  • We believe it is essential that Peer Support Specialists be recognized and valued as an integral part of the service delivery system. Consequently, we assert that all stakeholders in Wisconsin partner together, and commit to create policies and demonstrate support for the recruitment, training, certification, employment, & billing capabilities for Peer Support Specialists.
  • We contend that this alliance has a duty to cultivate an environment that not only welcomes, but actually embraces and promotes Peer Support Specialists as valued & necessary associates in the transformation of our systems.
  • In summation: We assert that the cause of Peer Support Specialists is worthy; the work is unique, person centered, and important. The purpose meaningful; the benefits are global and useful; the rewards - significant; effort - respectable, & collectively results in a prized outcome, experienced as a gift by those who engage in this process.



Wisconsin Peer Specialist Employment Initiative (exit DHS)

Wisconsin Mental Health Peer Specialist Certification (exit DHS)

Recovery Story: Mary Neubauer (exit DHS)



Last Revised: March 04, 2014