Community Forensics Programs
Conditional Release (CR)
Persons found Not Guilty by Reason of Mental Disease or Defect (NGI) can be placed in the community by the courts. The Conditional Release (CR) Program in the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) is responsible for providing treatment and supervision to these individuals so they can live safely and productively in the community.
Opening Avenues to Reentry Success (OARS)
The OARS program is a joint venture between the State of Wisconsin’s Department of Corrections (DOC) and Department of Health Services (DHS). The purpose of the program is to fund, coordinate, and administer quality reentry services to the highest need and risk based population of mentally ill offenders as they prepare for their release from prison and transition to the community.
Outpatient Competency Evaluation Program (OCEP)/Competency to Stand Trial
Individuals charged with crimes must be competent to understand the court process and the possible outcomes of that process. If any representative of the judicial process questions whether an individual is competent, the court may order a competency evaluation. If the court orders the department (DHS) to conduct such an evaluation, a statewide program exists whereby most of these evaluations are conducted in the local jails.
Outpatient Competency Restoration Program (OCRP)
Individuals charged with crimes must be competent to understand the court process and the possible outcomes of that process. This program offers a least restrictive and cost -effective alternative for defendants adjudicated Not Competent but Likely to Regain Competency and who do not appear to require the full structure, services, and security of an inpatient setting to complete remediation treatment.
Court Liaison Services (CL)
Wisconsin Community Services, Inc. (WCS) is the State Department of Health Services (DHS) contracted service provider for the statewide Court Liaison and Forensic Tracking services. This program provides case consultation and education to the court, maintains tracking and collects data for DHS on all the different phases of proceedings under Wisconsin State Statute 971 (WSS 971) and works collaboratively with the various stakeholders that are involved with these types of cases to address system issues as needed.
Annual Report FY13