May 6, 2014
Jennifer Miller, 608-266-1683

Secretary Kitty Rhoades Statement Regarding The Joint Finance Committee's Approval To Release Funds To Allow Expansion of Mental Health Services

MADISON-Wisconsin Department of Health Services Secretary Kitty Rhoades today offered the following statement regarding the action by the Legislature's Joint Committee on Finance to release funds allowing the expansion of Comprehensive Community Services (CCS) in Wisconsin with a 12-3 vote.

"The action by the Joint Finance Committee today is welcome news to thousands of state residents who need mental health treatment. This means that people with mental illness will be able to access evidence-based treatment services to address their illness and promote recovery. CCS has served residents well in the few counties where it is currently offered, and I have no doubt that expanding it to the entire state will not only improve the lives of those seeking treatment, but the lives of their families and communities as well.

"We applaud the Committee for making it possible to expand these services and to help us fulfill Governor Walker's commitment to improve and expand care, as well as give support to, those living with mental illness."

Expansion of Comprehensive Community Services is part of Governor Walker's Mental Health Reform package. For more information about Governor Walker's mental health reforms visit: