Abele names new director of Milwaukee County's Department of Health and Human Services

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) – Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele announced Thursday that Mary Jo Meyers will be promoted to serve as director of Milwaukee County’s Department of Health and Human Services. Meyers has been a Milwaukee County employee for 33 years and has served as director of Children’s Services and Wraparound Milwaukee in the Behavioral Health Division since July of 2015.

Wraparound Milwaukee is a nationally-recognized model of community-based, trauma-informed mental health care that Ms. Meyers helped to design and launch. This model has since been adopted by National Wraparound Initiative.

“From disability services to youth justice reform, and everything in between, Milwaukee County’s Department of Health and Human Services is leading the charge to implement best practices that will empower safer, healthier lives in our community,” County Executive Chris Abele said. “With her deep roots in the community, a strong network of partners, and the support of an effective and engaged workforce, Mary Jo Meyers has the right combination of dedication, integrity, and expertise to keep doing the right thing at DHHS.” “I’m thrilled at this opportunity to use my experience and my passion for continuous innovation to serve Milwaukee County in a new way,” Mary Jo Meyers said. “We still face challenges to overcoming stigma about mental health care and truly delivering the comprehensive care that Milwaukee County families need and deserve, but we are meeting these challenges head-on every day and are making significant progress in becoming a national model for excellence in all that we do.”

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