Recovery Implementation Task Force


The Recovery Implementation Task Force (RITF) is an advisory board to the Division of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (DMHSAS).  The role of the RITF is to ensure Wisconsin's mental health and substance use disorder services promote recovery, hope, dignity, and empowerment throughout the lifespan.  Members include people with lived experience of a mental illness and/or substance use disorder and advocates for people with these concerns.


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.


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.



The Recovery Implementation Task Force meets on the third Friday of every other month.  In 2015, meetings are scheduled in January, March, May, July, August, October, and December.  Meetings are open to the public.  For more information, call (608) 266-2717.




  • Ed Erwin and Shelley Monroe are co-chairs of the RITF.
  • Membership currently includes consumers, providers, county representatives, and family members from across Wisconsin.
  • If you are interested in becoming a member of the RITF, please contact Ellie Jarvie.


Committees of the Recovery Implementation Task Force

Membership and Outreach

Dual Recovery

  • Co-chairs:  Mark Clark and Ed Erwin
  • Staff:  Faith Boersma
  • 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.

Recovery Education

  • Co-chairs:  Robin Pedersen and Alyce Knowlton-Jablonski
  • Staff:  Faith Boersma
  • 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 Riemer
  • Mission: Providing healthcare to a diverse population in a holistic and integrated manner that respects the whole human being at every stage of life.

Peer Specialist

  • Co-chairs:  Mary Neubauer and Sue Schuler
  • Staff:  Laleña Lampe
  • Vision:
    • We envision a day when no person facing a mental illness and/or a 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, and 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 and 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 are significant; effort is respectable, and collectively results in a prized outcome, experienced as a gift by those who engage in this process.


Additional resources

Wisconsin Peer Specialist Employment Initiative

Wisconsin Mental Health Peer Specialist Certification

Recovery Story: Mary Neubauer

Last Revised: March 18, 2015