Recovery Implementation Task Force (RITF)
Mental Health and
Substance Abuse consumers of all ages and cultures in
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.
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.
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
Committees Of the Task Force:
Membership and Outreach
Chair: Shelly Monroe, Staff: Faith
Dual Recovery Co-chairs: Mark Clark and Ed Erwin, Staff: Faith
Mission: 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.
Co-chairs: Robin Pedersen and
Alyce Knowlton-Jablonski, Staff:
Mission: To educate in order to increase understanding of recovery.
Vision: 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
Mission: Providing healthcare to a diverse population in a holistic &
integrated manner that respects the whole human being at every stage of life.
Co-chairs: Mary Neubauer and
Sue Schuler, Staff: Laleña
- 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)
Health Peer Specialist Certification (exit DHS)
Recovery Story: Mary Neubauer (exit DHS)
March 04, 2014