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DMHSAS and DLTC Memo Series 2007-15

To: Listserv

For: County Department of Community Program Directors 
County Departments of Developmental Disabilities Services Directors 
County Departments of Human Services Directors 
County Departments of Social Services Directors 
Human Services Area Coordinators, DES 
Lead Adult-at-Risk Agency Contacts 
Lead Elder Adult-at-Risk Agency Contacts 
Mental Health Coordinators 
Tribal Chairpersons 
County Long Term Care Coordinators 
County DD Services Coordinators 
Family Care CMOs

From: John Easterday, Administrator
Division of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services

Sinikka Santala Administrator 
Division of Long Term Care

Subject: Protective Placements - Requirements of 55.14(11), Stats.

Document Summary

The Legislature recently rewrote Ch. 55, Wis. Stats., regarding the Protective Services System. It amended Section 55.14 on the involuntary Administration of psychotropic medications. Such medications may only be administered involuntarily upon the consent of the guardian, with a court order that meets the requirements of that section of the law. Subsection 55.14(11) requires county departments or the agencies it contracts with to provide a copy of any such court order to the department. This memo informs the counties where to send such copies.

Whenever a court order is issued under Section 55.14(8), as reflected in 55.14(2), the county department or any agency with which it contracts, shall provide a copy of said order to the department within a reasonable amount of time after receiving it from the court. The copy must be mailed to:

Supervisor, Client Rights Office 
Division of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services 
PO Box 7851 
Madison, WI 53707-7851

The county departments shall be responsible for ensuring compliance with this requirement by all agencies with which they contract.

Contact: James Yeadon, Supervisor 
Client Rights Office 
Division of Mental Health & Substance Abuse Services 
P.O. Box 7851 1 W. Wilson St. 
Madison, WI 53707-7851

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