Blue Ribbon Commission on
Mental Health Care
The complete Blue Ribbon report is below in several sections for easier downloading in the PDF format.
The documents have a combined size of 41 MB.
The Governor's Blue Ribbon Commission on Mental Health was appointed in May 1996. The Governor's charge to the Commission was to examine the mental
health delivery system and the principle of a state/county partnership; the mental health services provided for children, adolescents, adults, and
the elderly; and the impact of stigma on community perceptions and current mental health policies.
The Executive Order creating the Commission further directed it to:
Recommend model mental health delivery systems that are effective in an environment that emphasizes managed care, client
outcomes, and performance contracting;
Recommend ways the federal, state, and county governments can cooperate to gain fiscal efficiencies and greater service
Recommend a service system targeted at prevention, early intervention, treatment, recovery, and positive consumer outcomes,
- Recommend ways to reduce stigma in Wisconsin's mental health policies and programs.
Commission membership included all key Wisconsin stakeholder groups interested in mental health services for the state's citizens. Members represented
public and private service providers, county and state elected officials, consumers (that is, persons who receive mental health services), consumers,
family members, advocates, the judicial community, and insurance and hospital groups.
The Commission met monthly from June 1996 until February 1997. It created three committees and several short-term work groups to develop special
reports. The Commission sought broad public input from a total of more than 700 persons.
Blue Ribbon Commission work paralleled the Department of Health Services, Long-Term Care Redesign Initiative. The Commission provided input to
the department and made a strong commitment to coordinate mental health services with the long-term care initiative. Both initiatives are intended
to build upon the foundation of a unified approach to serving persons with various disabilities set in place by Chapter 51.
Last Revised: July 28, 2010