Department of Health Services Logo


Wisconsin Department of Health Services

Mendota Home

About Mendota





Concerns Regarding Patient Care


Mendota Mental Health Institute - Goodland Hall West Maximum Security Units

The following items may not be brought in at visitation with maximum security patients.

Not Allowed

  • Weapons (firearms, knives, explosives or facsimiles)

  • Sharp items and potential weapons - including but not limited to hacksaw blades, razor blades, scissors, etc.

  • Any item made from glass

  • Any metal item (without prior unit staff approval - call the unit to check)

  • Electronic surveillance devices

  • Rope or electrical cords exceeding 6 feet in length

  • Toxic substances - including cleaning supplies, laundry soap

  • Cameras, tape recorders with external recording capacity, turntables, records

  • Flammables - including paints and paint thinner, lighter fluids, lighters

  • Matches

  • Medications, both over-the-counter and prescription

  • Extension cords, three-way plugs

  • Alcohol, mouthwash or similar preparations with alcohol content, materials for making alcohol, drugs, illegal substances or drug paraphernalia

  • Belts exceeding 2" wide; belt buckles exceeding 3" by 2" or weighing over 4 ounces

  • Sexual products, appliances, or literature depicting (a) sexual behavior with minors, (b) aggressive or coerced sexual behavior, (c) sadomasochistic behavior

  • Incense or candles

  • Reading material that describes making of weapons, explosives, or other devices which may be used in an escape

  • Suspenders

  • Batteries (except as given to unit staff directly)

  • Excessive food (as defined by unit staff)

The following list summarizes unit-specific contraband items


  • Fans

  • Stereos

  • Radios

  • Typewriters

  • Tape players

  • Musical instruments

  • Cardboard boxes

  • Wire


  • Pens (felt tip pens are allowed)

  • Pencils

  • Pipes


  • Luminescent ink

  • More than 7 plants (in patient’s possession)

  • Any form of electronic transmitter


  • Plastic bags or trash liners

  • All belts

The following should be given directly to unit staff

  • Personal clothing
  • Suitcases
  • Jewelry
  • Cash
  • Gum
  • Clay

Mendota Mental Health Institute
301 Troy Drive, Madison, WI 53704
Phone:(608) 301-1000 Fax:(608) 301-1358
TTY/TDD:(888) 241-9442

Last Revised: April 16, 2014