Providing an array of services aimed at short-term intensive treatment.
Southern Wisconsin Center provides residential care and treatment to
Wisconsin citizens with developmental disabilities when this care cannot
be provided through local human service agencies.
Southern Wisconsin Center strives to prepare individuals for
integration into community living. It works individually and in
cooperation with other agencies to provide support to families of persons
diagnosed with developmental disabilities. SWC also provides education and
training services to area communities to enhance the capacity of community
providers in serving people with developmental disabilities.
Criteria for Admission
- Referred by county case manager
- Demonstrated need for active treatment per ICF-MR regulations,
determined through SWC pre-admission screen
- Chapter 55-Protective Placement order for locked unit
- Compliance with all ICF-MR pre-admission documentation requirements
- Written authorization from county of responsibility, assuming fiscal
- Documented discharge plan in place
Short-Term Care Services
The short-term care intensive treatment program at SWC has a 17-bed
The goal of the program is to provide an array of services aimed at
short-term, intensive treatment for people with challenging behaviors,
medical and/or nursing conditions or other conditions in order to return
individuals to a community setting as soon as possible.
From 2003-2005, the program served 56 people; up 10 clients from the
previous two year period. Of those discharged during this time, the
average stay was 144 days; down 15. The shortest stay was 2 days; down 11
days from the previous reporting period. With an increase of 62, the
longest stay was 676 days.
SWC no longer admits on a long-term basis.
Why Short-term Care?
Since the late 1990's counties were requesting short-term admission
services to address emergent crises which resulted in admissions to
private mental health units in community hospitals or one of the state
mental health institutes. Counties indicated that mental health services
were not always the most appropriate way to address a crisis situation for
people with developmental disabilities.
The state centers for people with developmental disabilities developed
the Future of Center Plan designed to provide a Short-term care program in
order to respond to crisis needs in the community.
In August of 2000, SWC began to pilot the concept and has admitted
individuals when an extreme need exists and other resources are not
Upon admission, the individual is assessed and within the first 10
days, the SWC Interdisciplinary Team develops an individualized treatment
plan. A team meeting 10 days after admission focuses on implementation of
the treatment plan and establishing a date for the discharge planning
meeting. Emphasis is on rapid assessment and treatment to minimize the
length of stay and to return the individual to their home community.
Short-term care cases have involved complexities of psychotropic
medication usage, stabilization of behavior and preparing the person to
return home. Most individuals have had medication usage significantly
reduced as well as physical issues, which might have contributed to the
crisis being resolved.
- Specialized outreach services for individuals who have the diagnoses
of developmental disability living in the community.
- Short-term intensive treatment designed to return people to existing
community placements. The focus is on rapid, comprehensive assessment,
treatment and interventions with a goal of return to a community
setting in less than 30 days.
- Consultation services are offered by the Community Relations Team in
response to referrals made by county case managers.
Care Success Stories
Eisenbart, Nurse Specialist
Jim Henkes, Director
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Last Revised: January 22, 2013