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 individuals with lived experience of a mental illness and/or substance use disorder and advocates for individuals 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, September, October, and December.  Meetings are open to the public.  For more information, call (608) 266-2717.


Committees of the Recovery Implementation Task Force

Membership and Outreach

Recovery Education/Dual Recovery

  • Co-chairs:  Mark Clark, Ed Erwin, Robin Pedersen, and Alyce Knowlton-Jablonski
  • Staff:  Faith Boersma
  • Mission:  To educate in order to increase understanding of recovery and 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 health care conditions.

Health Care Integration

  • Co-chairs:  Maria Hanson and Marie Nesemann
  • Staff:  Donna Riemer
  • Mission: To provide health care 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
  • Mission: To create policies and demonstrate support for the recruitment, training, certification, and employment for Peer Support Specialists.

Additional resources

Wisconsin Peer Specialist Employment Initiative

Wisconsin Mental Health Peer Specialist Certification

Recovery Story: Mary Neubauer

Last Revised: July 13, 2015