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Consumers and Families have been a central part of Wisconsin’s mental health system redesign in partnership with State and local agencies. The Mental Health Block Grant (MHBG) provides federal funding for the implementation of Recovery-oriented services and the expansion of Wraparound services. However, despite the success of these efforts, Consumer and Family involvement in policy and decision-making and in individualized person and/or family-centered care planning has not become standard practice across all programs. Also, Consumers and Families may not yet have the skills or expertise to effectively participate in and impact local and State service delivery or policy because education and training for them, and for personnel whose intention it is to empower and serve them, is limited.
In order to achieve the level of Consumer and Family involvement needed in a transformed service delivery system, Consumers and Family members need to be integrated into decision and policy-making bodies/committees at both the local and State levels. Systems need to integrate them as participants and increase collaboration among systems/organizations. This improves infrastructure, effectiveness, Consumer and Family satisfaction, individual and agency outcomes, and reduces barriers such as stigma.