Governor Walker's Mental Health Reform Package
Program: Additional forensic units at the Mendota Mental Health
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:
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Last Revised: July 30, 2013