State Rep. Jonathan Brostoff
Press Release

Rep. Brostoff Statement on Gov. Evers’ Mental Health Budget Initiatives

“Join Me in Thanking Governor Evers for This Important Move”

By - Feb 10th, 2021 10:39 am

ILWAUKEE – In response to the announcement earlier this morning that Governor Tony Evers will be proposing BadgerCare expansion and an over $150 million investment in critical mental and behavioral health initiatives – including a new behavioral health treatment program for Deaf, Deaf-Blind, and hard of hearing Wisconsinites – in his 2021-2023 budget, State Representative Jonathan Brostoff (D-Milwaukee) released the following statement:

“Today’s budget announcement is a huge win for Wisconsinites across the state – we have known for years that BadgerCare expansion and enhanced access to mental health access and programming are critical tools in ensuring that Wisconsinites across the state have their healthcare needs met, and I am extremely pleased to see Governor Evers make an important stand on behalf of our communities. As the Governor highlighted in his announcement, behavioral and mental healthcare is healthcare, and it is past time that we listen to our constituents and provide them the support we know they deserve.”

Earlier this morning, Governor Evers announced his intention to include BadgerCare expansion and over $150 million dollars in measures to improve access to and expand and support mental and behavioral healthcare programs in Wisconsin in his biennial budget. Of that number, over $46 million would go towards increasing access to care, over $55 million would go towards enhancing mental health support for students, over $25 million would help address the opioid crisis and other substance abuse disorders, and over $25 million would be used to reform crisis intervention and emergency detention practices.

“I am incredibly excited to see that Governor Evers has chosen to include my budget request for expanded mental health access and behavioral health programming for Wisconsin’s Deaf, Deaf-Blind, and hard-of-hearing communities as part of this budget. In many conversations I’ve had with Deaf, Deaf-Blind, and hard-of-hearing community members over the years, mental health access has consistently been a need that has, until now, gone unmet. I am overjoyed that Governor Evers will work to address the needs of these communities through the budget.

I encourage residents across Wisconsin to join me in thanking Governor Evers for this important move towards more mental health access!”

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One thought on “Rep. Brostoff Statement on Gov. Evers’ Mental Health Budget Initiatives”

  1. Joyce Ellwanger says:

    From Joseph Ellwanger. As an activist with MICAH, advocating for the establishment of a full-fledged mental health treatment court in Milwaukee County, I, too, am grateful for Rep. Brostoff’s advocacy, and the Governor’s effort in his proposed 2021-2022 budget, to provide more services for persons with mental health issues. This will result in more persons being diverted from the judicial-correctional system. The importance of also supporting a full-fledged mental health treatment court in Milwaukee County is that it would be providing services for those persons with underlying mental health /issues who unfortunately will still hit the judicial-correctional system–services that would divert them from the incarceration system and from the punitive atmosphere of the incarceration system that would exacerbate their condition.

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