This is great news for anyone who believes decisions on mental health should be made by medical professionals, not politicians.
A bill to put a board of medical professionals — instead of politicians — in charge of Milwaukee County’s embattled mental health system won unanimous approval Tuesday in the state Senate.
The measure now moves to the Assembly where it is expected to pass easily next week. It then would go to Gov. Scott Walker for his signature. Walker has likened Milwaukee’s system to “a natural disaster” and declared “it’s time for dramatic action.”
On a 33-0 vote, the Senate approved the measure to strip the County Board of oversight and establish a board of medical and other professionals to set policy and oversee funding. It also requires the state to conduct an audit of the Mental Health Complex, paving the way for a possible take-over of the facility by the state.