Minors - Admissions and Rights

Applies to: Anyone under 18 years of age who is receiving services for mental health, substance abuse, or a developmental disability in the state of Wisconsin.

The following documents were prepared to assist treatment providers to understand the current law.

Minors must be informed of their rights before or upon admission. Pamphlets have been created by the department that can be printed and used as a supplement to the Patient Rights pamphlet that is required to be given to all clients receiving services for mental health, substance abuse or a developmental disability. One pamphlet is for inpatient treatment and the other is for outpatient treatment.

Parents and guardians will find the following documents useful in preparing for their roles in the treatment of minors.

Each Juvenile Court designates at least one Mental Health Review Officer (MHRO) to review the outpatient mental health treatment of minors aged 14 or older.

Please contact Client Rights Office staff if you have any questions about these documents.

Last Revised: July 27, 2015