Mary Jo Meyers-Milwaukee County Director of Health and Human Services

MILWAUKEE, WI – Mary Jo Meyers, a nationally-recognized expert in the field of community-based mental health care, has been named Director of Milwaukee County’s Department of Health and Human Services.

Meyers, a 33-year Milwaukee County employee, has served as director of Children’s Services and Wraparound Milwaukee in the Behavioral Health Division since July of 2015, where she helped to oversee the launch and implementation of programs such as the County’s Mobile Urgent Treatment Team and Trauma Response Team. Wraparound Milwaukee is a nationally-recognized model of community-based, trauma-informed mental health care that Meyers helped to design and launch. This model has since been adopted by the National Wraparound Initiative.

During her tenure as director of Children’s Services and Wraparound Milwaukee, Meyers was recognized by the American Public Human Services Association for Outstanding Training Education and Leadership in 2016, and in 2017 received the Best Community-based Program for Youth Involved in the Juvenile Justice System Award from the Office of Wisconsin State Public Defenders. In 2009, Meyers was recognized with a Best Innovations Award from Harvard University and the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

As a nationally-recognized expert in family engagement and community-based care, Meyers will remain central to Milwaukee County’s ongoing efforts to implement successful, evidence-based reforms in the youth justice system that will improve outcomes for kids and families and make communities in Milwaukee County safer.

Meyers holds an M.S. in Community Mental Health from Trinity College and a B.S. in Allied Health from the University of Wisconsin.