Mental Health America of Wisconsin

Registered Principal Details

Business Or Interest:
Advocate for rights and improved care of persons with mental illness; consumers and families of mental health services.

Lobbying Interests:
Issues of concern: managed care of mental illness, patient rights, insurance parity, state mental health reform, housing related to persons with disability, older person issues, increased money and service to counties.

Title:
President/CEO

Contact
MG
Martina Gollin-Graves
600 W Virginia St. Suite #502
Milwaukee, WI 53204
(414) 276-3122
(414) 276-3124
martina@mhawisconsin.org
http://www.mhawisconsin.org

Authorized Lobbyists

Lobbyist Name Exclusive Duties Authorized On Withdrawn On
Shel Gross Exclusive Duties N/A Authorized On 2/27/2017 Withdrawn On N/A

Lobbying Interests

Legislative Bills/Resolutions

January 2017 Special Session Assembly Bill 5
January 2017 Special Session Assembly Bill 5
Relating to: prevention and control of, emergency and involuntary commitment for, and treatment programs and services for drug dependence. (FE)

Bill Text and History

2017 Wisconsin Act 34

Other
Notification Date
3/20/2017
First Communication Date
N/A
Communication Information
The principal, a lobbyist authorized by the principal, or another individual acting on behalf of the principal do not intend to communicate on this matter.
Comments
New standard could significantly impact counties programmatically and fiscally but no new resources are provided. Commitment is less desirable than expansion of service options. Bill should provide for review of implementation by county.
January 2017 Special Session Senate Bill 5
January 2017 Special Session Senate Bill 5
Relating to: prevention and control of, emergency and involuntary commitment for, and treatment programs and services for drug dependence. (FE)

Bill Text and History

Other
Notification Date
4/5/2017
First Communication Date
N/A
Communication Information
The principal, a lobbyist authorized by the principal, or another individual acting on behalf of the principal do not intend to communicate on this matter.
Comments
New standard could significantly impact counties programmatically and fiscally but no new resources are provided. Commitment is less desirable than expansion of service options. Bill should provide for review of implementation by county.
Assembly Bill 29
Assembly Bill 29
Relating to: practice requirement for licensure as a clinical social worker. (FE)

Bill Text and History

2017 Wisconsin Act 356

For
Notification Date
10/18/2017
First Communication Date
N/A
Communication Information
The principal, a lobbyist authorized by the principal, or another individual acting on behalf of the principal do not intend to communicate on this matter.
Comments
Licensed clinical social workers provide services to extremely vulnerable clients. 1000 hours of direct client contact is an appropriate standard . Examining board should determine diagnosis and treatment hours.
Assembly Bill 65
Assembly Bill 65
Relating to: sales and transfers of firearms and providing a criminal penalty. (FE)

Bill Text and History

Against
Notification Date
3/20/2017
First Communication Date
N/A
Communication Information
The principal, a lobbyist authorized by the principal, or another individual acting on behalf of the principal do not intend to communicate on this matter.
Comments
This bill as amended no longer reflects the legislation that is associated with lower rates of suicide.
Assembly Bill 74
Assembly Bill 74
Relating to: waiting period for purchase of handguns.

Bill Text and History

For
Notification Date
3/20/2017
First Communication Date
N/A
Communication Information
The principal, a lobbyist authorized by the principal, or another individual acting on behalf of the principal do not intend to communicate on this matter.
Comments
Studies suggest that states with similar legislation have lower suicide rates. As the lead agency for suicide prevention in WI MHA recognizes the importance of access to firearms in reducing suicide.
Assembly Bill 87
Assembly Bill 87
Relating to: time limit on a restrictive custody sanction under the Serious Juvenile Offender Program. (FE)

Bill Text and History

Against
Notification Date
5/15/2017
First Communication Date
N/A
Communication Information
The principal, a lobbyist authorized by the principal, or another individual acting on behalf of the principal do not intend to communicate on this matter.
Comments
AB87 promotes longer holds of youth offenders, a practice that is neither evidence-based nor recovery-oriented. Research indicates that longer confinement does not reduce offending.The State needs to rethink its approach to juvenile justice concerns.
Assembly Bill 90
Assembly Bill 90
Relating to: acts for which a juvenile may be placed in correctional placement or the Serious Juvenile Offender Program. (FE)

Bill Text and History

Against
Notification Date
5/15/2017
First Communication Date
N/A
Communication Information
The principal, a lobbyist authorized by the principal, or another individual acting on behalf of the principal do not intend to communicate on this matter.
Comments
AB90 would more than double the number of acts that would qualify as offenses, creating a substantial increase in the number of youth being placed in secure confinement. The approach is not developmentally appropriate.
Assembly Bill 112
Assembly Bill 112
Relating to: grants for treatment and diversion programs.

Bill Text and History

2017 Wisconsin Act 351

For
Notification Date
5/15/2017
First Communication Date
N/A
Communication Information
The principal, a lobbyist authorized by the principal, or another individual acting on behalf of the principal do not intend to communicate on this matter.
Assembly Bill 481
Assembly Bill 481
Relating to: creating family treatment court and juvenile treatment court grant programs in the Department of Children and Families. (FE)

Bill Text and History

For
Notification Date
10/2/2017
First Communication Date
N/A
Communication Information
The principal, a lobbyist authorized by the principal, or another individual acting on behalf of the principal do not intend to communicate on this matter.
Assembly Bill 517
Assembly Bill 517
Relating to: reporting on an operator license or identification card application the existence of a disability that is not immediately apparent to another. (FE)

Bill Text and History

Other
Notification Date
10/27/2017
First Communication Date
N/A
Communication Information
The principal, a lobbyist authorized by the principal, or another individual acting on behalf of the principal do not intend to communicate on this matter.
Supporting Documentation
20171027_ab517testimony.docx

Assembly Bill 538
Assembly Bill 538
Relating to: transfer for emergency detention and warning of dangerousness.

Bill Text and History

2017 Wisconsin Act 140

Other
Notification Date
10/27/2017
First Communication Date
N/A
Communication Information
The principal, a lobbyist authorized by the principal, or another individual acting on behalf of the principal do not intend to communicate on this matter.
Comments
Concerns about lack of clarity regarding "medically appropriate" terminology.
Supporting Documentation
20171027_ab538testimony.docx

Assembly Bill 556
Assembly Bill 556
Relating to: creating an individual income tax deduction for certain income earned by an individual from the practice of psychiatry. (FE)

Bill Text and History

For
Notification Date
12/16/2017
First Communication Date
N/A
Communication Information
The principal, a lobbyist authorized by the principal, or another individual acting on behalf of the principal do not intend to communicate on this matter.
Assembly Bill 589
Assembly Bill 589
Relating to: regulation of sign language interpretation services, providing an exemption from emergency rule procedures, granting rule-making authority, and providing a criminal penalty. (FE)

Bill Text and History

For
Notification Date
12/1/2017
First Communication Date
N/A
Communication Information
The principal, a lobbyist authorized by the principal, or another individual acting on behalf of the principal do not intend to communicate on this matter.
Assembly Bill 782
Assembly Bill 782
Relating to: limited release of mental health information to out-of-home care providers and child welfare agencies.

Bill Text and History

2017 Wisconsin Act 252

Other
Notification Date
1/16/2018
First Communication Date
N/A
Communication Information
The principal, a lobbyist authorized by the principal, or another individual acting on behalf of the principal do not intend to communicate on this matter.
Assembly Bill 784
Assembly Bill 784
Relating to: a parent's right to counsel in a child in need of protection or services proceeding, providing an exemption from emergency rule procedures, granting rule-making authority, and making an appropriation. (FE)

Bill Text and History

2017 Wisconsin Act 253

For
Notification Date
1/31/2018
First Communication Date
N/A
Communication Information
The principal, a lobbyist authorized by the principal, or another individual acting on behalf of the principal do not intend to communicate on this matter.
Assembly Bill 920
Assembly Bill 920
Relating to: employer groups for self-funded health care coverage.

Bill Text and History

Other
Notification Date
2/14/2018
First Communication Date
N/A
Communication Information
The principal, a lobbyist authorized by the principal, or another individual acting on behalf of the principal do not intend to communicate on this matter.
Comments
It is unclear how this bill will impact access to essential health benefits and effect parity for mental health services. We cannot support a bill that would undermine either of these policies. Mental health care must be equally available to all.
Assembly Bill 938
Assembly Bill 938
Relating to: grants to the Center for Suicide Awareness, Inc., and making an appropriation. (FE)

Bill Text and History

For
Notification Date
2/14/2018
First Communication Date
N/A
Communication Information
The principal, a lobbyist authorized by the principal, or another individual acting on behalf of the principal do not intend to communicate on this matter.
Comments
Provides a critical service for those who require emotional support. Used by many youth struggling with mental illness and suicidality. But also used by adults, especially veterans.
Senate Bill 169
Senate Bill 169
Relating to: going armed with a firearm and electric weapons, licenses for carrying a concealed weapon, trespassing while armed with a firearm, and providing criminal penalties. (FE)

Bill Text and History

Against
Notification Date
5/30/2017
First Communication Date
N/A
Communication Information
The principal, a lobbyist authorized by the principal, or another individual acting on behalf of the principal do not intend to communicate on this matter.
Comments
Research shows that state with such laws that don't require permitting, licensing, and background checks have higher suicide rates. Wisconsin had 874 suicides in 2015. This bill will likely contribute to an increase in those numbers.
Senate Bill 657
Senate Bill 657
Relating to: a parent's right to counsel in a child in need of protection or services proceeding, providing an exemption from emergency rule procedures, granting rule-making authority, and making an appropriation. (FE)

Bill Text and History

For
Notification Date
1/31/2018
First Communication Date
N/A
Communication Information
The principal, a lobbyist authorized by the principal, or another individual acting on behalf of the principal do not intend to communicate on this matter.
January 2018 Special Session Assembly Bill 1
January 2018 Special Session Assembly Bill 1
Relating to: required hours of participation in the FoodShare employment and training program.

Bill Text and History

2017 Wisconsin Act 263

Against
Notification Date
2/7/2018
First Communication Date
N/A
Communication Information
The principal, a lobbyist authorized by the principal, or another individual acting on behalf of the principal do not intend to communicate on this matter.
Comments
Able-bodied not defined. Many individuals with mental illnesses do not meet disability determination standards but their ability to work may be compromised.
January 2018 Special Session Assembly Bill 4
January 2018 Special Session Assembly Bill 4
Relating to: employment screening of and employability plans for residents in public housing. (FE)

Bill Text and History

2017 Wisconsin Act 265

Against
Notification Date
2/7/2018
First Communication Date
N/A
Communication Information
The principal, a lobbyist authorized by the principal, or another individual acting on behalf of the principal do not intend to communicate on this matter.
Comments
Definition of able-bodied not specified. Many individuals with mental illnesses will not meet disability determination standards but their ability to work may still be compromised. Do staff have training to do employability plans, drug screening?

Budget Bill Subjects

Corrections: Departmentwide
Biennial budget bill treatment of matter relating to
Corrections: Departmentwide

Notification Date
3/10/2017
First Communication Date
N/A
Communication Information
The principal, a lobbyist authorized by the principal, or another individual acting on behalf of the principal do not intend to communicate on this matter.

Comments
Support expansion of Opening Avenues to Re-Entry Success.Support increases in mental health staffing at adult and juvenile institutions. Support process to explore systemic changes in juvenile justice system.

Health Services: Care and Treatment Services
Biennial budget bill treatment of matter relating to
Health Services: Care and Treatment Services

Notification Date
3/10/2017
First Communication Date
N/A
Communication Information
The principal, a lobbyist authorized by the principal, or another individual acting on behalf of the principal do not intend to communicate on this matter.

Comments
Support new crisis stabilization for youth. Support veterans peer run respite.

Health Services: Medicaid Services Administration
Biennial budget bill treatment of matter relating to
Health Services: Medicaid Services Administration

Notification Date
3/10/2017
First Communication Date
N/A
Communication Information
The principal, a lobbyist authorized by the principal, or another individual acting on behalf of the principal do not intend to communicate on this matter.

Comments
Support changes to the MAPP program. Support increase in reimbursement for outpatient mental health services. Any work requirements for childless adults should have exemptions for people who are unable to work due to mental health issues.

Justice
Biennial budget bill treatment of matter relating to
Justice

Notification Date
3/10/2017
First Communication Date
N/A
Communication Information
The principal, a lobbyist authorized by the principal, or another individual acting on behalf of the principal do not intend to communicate on this matter.

Comments
Support additional funding for the TAD program.

Public Instruction: Categorical Aids
Biennial budget bill treatment of matter relating to
Public Instruction: Categorical Aids

Notification Date
3/10/2017
First Communication Date
N/A
Communication Information
The principal, a lobbyist authorized by the principal, or another individual acting on behalf of the principal do not intend to communicate on this matter.

Comments
Support funding for behavioral health initiatives. Support increase in funding for special education.

Topics Not Yet Assigned A Bill Or Rule Number

Relating to grants and policy changes to promote suicide prevention.
Development, drafting or introduction of a proposal relating to
Relating to grants and policy changes to promote suicide prevention.

Action Intended To Affect
Legislative matter

Notification Date
4/2/2018
First Communication Date
N/A
Communication Information
The principal, a lobbyist authorized by the principal, or another individual acting on behalf of the principal do not intend to communicate on this matter.

relating to grants to the Center for Suicide Prevention and making an appropriation.
Development, drafting or introduction of a proposal relating to
relating to grants to the Center for Suicide Prevention and making an appropriation.

Action Intended To Affect
Legislative matter

Notification Date
1/16/2018
First Communication Date
N/A
Communication Information
The principal, a lobbyist authorized by the principal, or another individual acting on behalf of the principal do not intend to communicate on this matter.

Statutory definition for peer run respite programs
Development, drafting or introduction of a proposal relating to
Statutory definition for peer run respite programs

Action Intended To Affect
Legislative matter

Notification Date
12/16/2017
First Communication Date
N/A
Communication Information
The principal, a lobbyist authorized by the principal, or another individual acting on behalf of the principal do not intend to communicate on this matter.

Limited release of mental health information to out-of-home care workers and child welfare agencies
Development, drafting or introduction of a proposal relating to
Limited release of mental health information to out-of-home care workers and child welfare agencies

Action Intended To Affect
Legislative matter

Notification Date
12/1/2017
First Communication Date
N/A
Communication Information
The principal, a lobbyist authorized by the principal, or another individual acting on behalf of the principal do not intend to communicate on this matter.

Creating an Office of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services
Development, drafting or introduction of a proposal relating to
Creating an Office of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services

Action Intended To Affect
Legislative matter

Notification Date
11/10/2017
First Communication Date
N/A
Communication Information
The principal, a lobbyist authorized by the principal, or another individual acting on behalf of the principal do not intend to communicate on this matter.

voluntary prohibitions on purchasing a handgun
Development, drafting or introduction of a proposal relating to
voluntary prohibitions on purchasing a handgun

Action Intended To Affect
Legislative matter

Notification Date
10/16/2017
First Communication Date
N/A
Communication Information
The principal, a lobbyist authorized by the principal, or another individual acting on behalf of the principal do not intend to communicate on this matter.

Transfer for emergency detention and warning of dangerousness.
Development, drafting or introduction of a proposal relating to
Transfer for emergency detention and warning of dangerousness.

Action Intended To Affect
Legislative matter

Notification Date
10/16/2017
First Communication Date
N/A
Communication Information
The principal, a lobbyist authorized by the principal, or another individual acting on behalf of the principal do not intend to communicate on this matter.

Use of force standards for law enforcement
Development, drafting or introduction of a proposal relating to
Use of force standards for law enforcement

Action Intended To Affect
Legislative matter

Notification Date
8/4/2017
First Communication Date
N/A
Communication Information
The principal, a lobbyist authorized by the principal, or another individual acting on behalf of the principal do not intend to communicate on this matter.

Medicaid waiver for childless adults
Development, drafting or introduction of a proposal relating to
Medicaid waiver for childless adults

Action Intended To Affect
Rule (by a state agency)

Notification Date
4/29/2017
First Communication Date
N/A
Communication Information
The principal, a lobbyist authorized by the principal, or another individual acting on behalf of the principal do not intend to communicate on this matter.

Creation of a lethal violence protective order.
Development, drafting or introduction of a proposal relating to
Creation of a lethal violence protective order.

Action Intended To Affect
Legislative matter

Notification Date
3/20/2017
First Communication Date
N/A
Communication Information
The principal, a lobbyist authorized by the principal, or another individual acting on behalf of the principal do not intend to communicate on this matter.

2015-2017 biennial budget
Development, drafting or introduction of a proposal relating to
2015-2017 biennial budget

Action Intended To Affect
Legislative matter

Notification Date
2/27/2017
First Communication Date
N/A
Communication Information
The principal, a lobbyist authorized by the principal, or another individual acting on behalf of the principal do not intend to communicate on this matter.

Program and funding to address the stigma associated with mental illnesses.
Development, drafting or introduction of a proposal relating to
Program and funding to address the stigma associated with mental illnesses.

Action Intended To Affect
Legislative matter

Notification Date
2/27/2017
First Communication Date
N/A
Communication Information
The principal, a lobbyist authorized by the principal, or another individual acting on behalf of the principal do not intend to communicate on this matter.

bienniel budget; mental health
Development, drafting or introduction of a proposal relating to
bienniel budget; mental health

Action Intended To Affect
Legislative matter

Notification Date
2/27/2017
First Communication Date
N/A
Communication Information
The principal, a lobbyist authorized by the principal, or another individual acting on behalf of the principal do not intend to communicate on this matter.

bienniel budget; medicaid
Development, drafting or introduction of a proposal relating to
bienniel budget; medicaid

Action Intended To Affect
Legislative matter

Notification Date
2/27/2017
First Communication Date
N/A
Communication Information
The principal, a lobbyist authorized by the principal, or another individual acting on behalf of the principal do not intend to communicate on this matter.

improving access to mental health services
Development, drafting or introduction of a proposal relating to
improving access to mental health services

Action Intended To Affect
Legislative matter

Notification Date
2/27/2017
First Communication Date
N/A
Communication Information
The principal, a lobbyist authorized by the principal, or another individual acting on behalf of the principal do not intend to communicate on this matter.

providing stipends for members of the WI Council on Mental Health
Development, drafting or introduction of a proposal relating to
providing stipends for members of the WI Council on Mental Health

Action Intended To Affect
Legislative matter

Notification Date
2/27/2017
First Communication Date
N/A
Communication Information
The principal, a lobbyist authorized by the principal, or another individual acting on behalf of the principal do not intend to communicate on this matter.

law enforcement practices in restraining individuals with mental illnesses
Development, drafting or introduction of a proposal relating to
law enforcement practices in restraining individuals with mental illnesses

Action Intended To Affect
Legislative matter

Notification Date
2/27/2017
First Communication Date
N/A
Communication Information
The principal, a lobbyist authorized by the principal, or another individual acting on behalf of the principal do not intend to communicate on this matter.

Priorities for the 2017-2019 bienniel budget
Development, drafting or introduction of a proposal relating to
Priorities for the 2017-2019 bienniel budget

Action Intended To Affect
Legislative matter

Notification Date
2/27/2017
First Communication Date
N/A
Communication Information
The principal, a lobbyist authorized by the principal, or another individual acting on behalf of the principal do not intend to communicate on this matter.

Total Lobbying Effort

  2017
January - June
2017
July - December
2018
January - June
2018
July - December
Total
Total Lobbying Expenditures 2017
January - June
$1,458.98
2017
July - December
$53.10
2018
January - June
$53.10
2018
July - December
$0.00
Total $1,565.18
Total Hours Communicating 2017
January - June
20.75
2017
July - December
10.15
2018
January - June
10.30
2018
July - December
1.00
Total 42.20
Total Hours Other 2017
January - June
27.75
2017
July - December
26.00
2018
January - June
20.50
2018
July - December
11.20
Total 85.45

Percent Allocation of Lobbying Effort

Legislative Bills/Resolutions

Relating to: regulation of sign language interpretation services, providing an exemption from emergency rule procedures, granting rule-making authority, and providing a criminal penalty. (FE)
2017
January - June
2017
July - December
2018
January - June
2018
July - December
Total
2017
January - June
2017
July - December
13 %
2018
January - June
2018
July - December
Total 4 %
Relating to: transfer for emergency detention and warning of dangerousness.
2017
January - June
2017
July - December
2018
January - June
2018
July - December
Total
2017
January - June
2017
July - December
17 %
2018
January - June
2018
July - December
Total 5 %
Relating to: limited release of mental health information to out-of-home care providers and child welfare agencies.
2017
January - June
2017
July - December
2018
January - June
2018
July - December
Total
2017
January - June
2017
July - December
2018
January - June
18 %
2018
July - December
Total 5 %
Relating to: grants to the Center for Suicide Awareness, Inc., and making an appropriation. (FE)
2017
January - June
2017
July - December
2018
January - June
2018
July - December
Total
2017
January - June
2017
July - December
2018
January - June
51 %
2018
July - December
Total 13 %

Budget Bill Subjects

2017
January - June
2017
July - December
2018
January - June
2018
July - December
Total
2017
January - June
20 %
2017
July - December
2018
January - June
2018
July - December
Total 8 %
2017
January - June
2017
July - December
2018
January - June
2018
July - December
Total
2017
January - June
24 %
2017
July - December
2018
January - June
2018
July - December
Total 9 %

Administrative Rulemaking Proceedings

No administrative rulemaking proceedings found.

Topics Not Yet Assigned A Bill Or Rule Number

2017
January - June
2017
July - December
2018
January - June
2018
July - December
Total
2017
January - June
14 %
2017
July - December
2018
January - June
2018
July - December
Total 5 %
2017
January - June
2017
July - December
2018
January - June
2018
July - December
Total
2017
January - June
18 %
2017
July - December
24 %
2018
January - June
13 %
2018
July - December
Total 17 %
2017
January - June
2017
July - December
2018
January - June
2018
July - December
Total
2017
January - June
2017
July - December
2018
January - June
2018
July - December
10 %
Total < 1%
2017
January - June
2017
July - December
2018
January - June
2018
July - December
Total
2017
January - June
2017
July - December
2018
January - June
2018
July - December
12 %
Total 1 %
2017
January - June
2017
July - December
2018
January - June
2018
July - December
Total
2017
January - June
2017
July - December
2018
January - June
2018
July - December
78 %
Total 7 %

Minor Efforts

(Time spent on matters each of which accounted for less than 10% of the organization's lobbying.)

Minor Efforts
2017
January - June
2017
July - December
2018
January - June
2018
July - December
Total
2017
January - June
24 %
2017
July - December
46 %
2018
January - June
2018
July - December
Total 22 %

Other Matters

Includes time spent on:

  • Gubernatorial nominations
  • Matters on which the organization made no lobbying communication

Other Matters
2017
January - June
2017
July - December
2018
January - June
2018
July - December
Total
2017
January - June
2017
July - December
2018
January - June
18 %
2018
July - December
Total 4 %

Filed Statements of Lobbying Activity and Expenditures