IMPACT Planning Council - History

In 1965, a joint action by the United Way of Greater Milwaukee and the Milwaukee County Board of Public Welfare formed the Mental Health Planning Committee to conduct studies and facilitate coordination between the County and United Way in funding mental health and developmental disability services.

The Mental Health Planning Committee was incorporated as a private, non-profit corporation in 1974 and became the Mental Health Planning Council (MHPC). In that same year, MHPC was formally designated as a planning agency for Milwaukee County under contract to the Combined Community Services Board. The council developed the state-mandated annual plan for mental health, alcoholism, drug abuse and developmental disabilities.

MHPC was designated as the Citizen Participation Council for Title XX Social Services Planning in Milwaukee County in 1980. As a result of this designation, the agency revised its Articles of Incorporation and changed its name to the Planning Council for Mental Health and Social Services, Inc.

In 1987, the Council merged with the Southeastern Wisconsin Health Systems Agency expanding the geographic service area beyond Milwaukee County. The organization became known as the Planning Council for Health & Human Services, Inc., specializing in all aspects of community health and well-being for the seven-county area of Southeastern Wisconsin.

The Planning Council was instrumental in establishing IMPACT 2-1-1 in Milwaukee and assisted with the analysis of call data for reports published in 2008 and 2013. As both entities have a strong commitment to responding to community needs as well as advancing the use of good data and information, an opportunity was presented to combine the two groups. In 2013, the Planning Council joined IMPACT’s family of services as IMPACT Planning & Evaluation.