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Governor Walker's Mental Health Reform Package

Program: Additional forensic units at the Mendota Mental Health Institute

Governorís Proposal: Provides funding and positions to increase the capacity of the state forensic treatment units to meet the growing demand for inpatient evaluation and treatment services.

Status: The authorization of two new forensic units at the Mendota Mental Health Institute was approved as part of 2013 Act 20.

Implementation Dates: First unit opened April 15, 2013. The second unit is expected to open by the end of 2013.

Function/Description: The state Department of Health Services is required by state statute to serve patients who are ordered by the courts to obtain mental health evaluation and/or treatment. Although the department has greatly expanded the services provided outside of the state mental health institutes, the numbers of patients waiting in jails for admissions has grown. In order to reduce the waiting times of patients, and to provide timely evaluation and/or treatment, the department will be opening two additional inpatient admission units during fiscal year 2013-2014.

Funding to expand the forensic capacity at MMHI:

FY 2014 GPR: $5,884,100
FY 2015 GPR: $6,689,600


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Last Revised: July 30, 2013