Brown County and City of Green Bay: Announcing 2021 budgetary investments in behavioral health

(Brown County, Wis.) – Brown County Executive Troy Streckenbach’s 2021 budget proposal is calling for the addition of a second clinician to help law enforcement with response calls involving mental health crises.

The Brown County Health and Human Services (HHS) department has set aside money to expand a pilot program introduced in 2019 that added a clinical social worker position to team with a Green Bay Police officer to diffuse mental health crisis events. Initial projections show that this would save Brown County taxpayers about $33,000 annually.

HHS Executive Director Erik Pritzl and Clinical Social Worker Heather Burzynski will join Executive Streckenbach for this media event. Green Bay Mayor Eric Genrich and Green Bay Police Chief Andrew Smith will also discuss their efforts in working to improve mental health services in the community.