By J Wilberg
2014 has been a year of hard work and good results for Wilberg Community Planning. Here’s a quick list of this year’s highlights.
#1: Organizing the very successful Mental Health Redesign Working Forum conducted March 5, 2014, that brought together community members, treatment organizations, county officials, and other leaders to review progress on the Redesign SMART Goals and create plans for going forward with the important task of improving Milwaukee’s community mental health system.
#2: Developing sustainability strategies for the Milwaukee County Family Drug Treatment Court and creating a project summary and promotion newsletter that was widely distributed to elected officials, policy-makers, and funding sources throughout Wisconsin.
#3: Conducting a process evaluation of Milwaukee’s new Coordinated Entry system which provides central access to emergency shelter and homelessness prevention services for individuals and families through 211; the evaluation identified strengths and weaknesses in the new system and made concrete recommendations for improvement going forward.
#4: Developing major revisions to Milwaukee’s 10-Year Plan to End Homelessness which was originally approved in 2010; the revisions establish measurable goals and provide specific strategies to reach the goals of ending veteran homelessness in 2014, chronic homelessness in 2016, and all homelessness in Milwaukee by 2019.
#5: Working with Common Council President Michael Murphy, the City of Milwaukee Health Department, and the Zilber Family Foundation to organize Not on Our Watch, a five-county symposium held June 4, 2014, attended by over 300 law enforcement representatives, treatment professionals, community organizations, and concerned citizens; proceedings of the symposium can be found here.
In 2014 as in all the years Wilberg Community Planning has been in business (20 years total in January 2015!), I appreciate the many talented and committed people working in local government and the nonprofit community and I’m honored to be part of their good work. I look forward to a busy and productive 2015.
Many thanks to my clients for their trust in me and the opportunity to continue to do work that matters.