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Community Mental Health in Milwaukee County: The Road Ahead


Like other regions in the United States, Milwaukee County has moved away from providing institutionalized care for the mentally ill toward delivering care in community-based settings. This forum explores the progress that has been made thus far and discusses what more still needs to be done. Panelists will assess if current community-based services are sufficient and discuss disparities in access to services that may exist in some neighborhoods and communities in Milwaukee County.


  • Héctor Colón, Director, Department of Health and Human Services of Milwaukee County
  • Peter Hoeffel, Executive Director, National Alliance on Mental Illness Greater Milwaukee
  • Jon Lehrmann, M.D., Professor and Chair, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine, Medical College of Wisconsin; Milwaukee County Mental Health Board Member
  • Lt. Cassandra Libal, Crisis Intervention Coordinator, Milwaukee Police Department


Dr. Susan Giaimo, Visiting Professor, Political Science and Biomedical Sciences, Marquette University


Location and Time

Wednesday, Nov. 16

7 – 9:00 p.m.

Cramer Hall, 087, Marquette campus

No RSVP Needed

This event is free and open to the Marquette University community.


Sponsoring Departments

For more information, contact Dr. Susan Giaimo at (414) 288-3356 or

About the Forum

Marquette University is launching a yearlong series of inclusive conversations, bringing experts of national renown together with those from the Marquette and Milwaukee communities.

Inspired by visions of inclusion and a better world emerging from Black freedom struggles, we hope to look with new eyes at the challenges that inequality presents at the national level and within Milwaukee. As a Catholic, Jesuit university committed to social justice, we seek to energize our campus and engage all Milwaukee’s communities by asking, “What is your freedom dream now?”

This site will be updated throughout the academic year as we add events to our schedule.