The Department of Health Services operates three centers, two psychiatric hospitals, and two secure treatment centers for people living with developmental disabilities and/or mental health challenges.
Centers for Developmentally Disabled
Central Wisconsin Center provides habilitation, rehabilitation, and treatment services to individuals living with intellectual disabilities designed to prepare these individuals to live as independently as possible. These individuals typically have significant behavioral or medical support needs.
Northern Wisconsin Center is a short-term assessment and treatment facility for individuals who have an intellectual disability as well as a mental illness and aggressive or challenging behaviors. The programming is designed to prepare individuals to live successfully in a community setting.
Southern Wisconsin Center provides habilitation, rehabilitation, and treatment services to individuals living with intellectual disabilities designed to prepare individuals to live as independently as possible. These individuals typically have significant behavioral or medical support needs.
Mendota Mental Health Institute primarily provides forensic treatment services to men. This work includes court-ordered mental health competency evaluations, treatment to competency services, and treatment for those found not guilty of criminal activity by reason of a mental illness. A gero-psychiatric treatment unit assesses and treats elderly men and women who suffer from emotional and neurological conditions that affect behavior. The Mendota Juvenile Treatment Center uses a unique clinical approach in service to violent juvenile boys referred from the Department of Corrections.
Winnebago Mental Health Institute primarily provides treatment to adults and children living with complex psychiatric conditions and challenging behaviors. All patients are court -ordered into treatment through county-based emergency detention and commitment proceedings. Winnebago Mental Health Institute also serves all women court-ordered for mental health competency evaluations, treatment to competency services, and found not guilty of criminal activity by reason of mental illness.
Secure Treatment Centers
Sand Ridge Secure Treatment Center enhances public safety through the application of Wis. Stat. ch. 980. This law supports the assessment and treatment of sex offenders who present a substantial risk of recidivism, with the goal of safely returning them to the community. Staff also conduct research on the evaluation and treatment of sex offenders.
Wisconsin Resource Center is a specialized mental health facility for men. The complex also includes the Wisconsin Women’s Resource Center. DHS is responsible for administering these programs as a correctional institution. Staff evaluate, treat, and provide educational services to medium and maximum security inmates (patients) transferred from the Department of Corrections (DOC) whose behavior presents a serious problem to themselves or others in the state prison system.
These centers and hospitals are managed by the Division of Care and Treatment Services.