The Division of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (DMHSAS) manages and supports programs that include inpatient psychiatric services, specialized secure treatment services, community mental health and substance abuse services, community forensic treatment services, and the protection of client's rights in mental health and substance abuse treatment settings statewide
Programs & Services within the Division of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services
The Bureau of Prevention Treatment and Recovery is committed to reducing the impact of mental illness and substance use disorders on Wisconsin’s citizens and communities. Staff manages and supports community mental and substance use disorder services in partnership with counties and private provider organizations statewide.
The Client Rights Office was established to create rules for a grievance procedure to ensure the rights of patients. Client Rights Specialists assure patient rights are protected throughout Wisconsin's public and private mental health and substance abuse treatment programs. Staff also handle grievances from people receiving services for a developmental disability.
The Department of Health Services provides inpatient services for civil and forensic populations.
Civil patients are people living with a severe and persistent mental illness. Forensic patients are people charged with a crime or found Not Guilty by Reason of Mental Disease or Defect (NGI) of some criminal activity who may need evaluation or treatment for a mental illness.
Secure Treatment Centers
The Office of Community Forensic Services operates treatment programs that support people with criminal justice histories and associated mental health concerns. Individuals live meaningful and productive lives in safe, secure community settings.
Division of Mental Health and
Substance Abuse Services
1 W. Wilson St.
P.O. Box 7851
Madison, WI 53707-7851
- State Council on Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse
- Wisconsin Council on Mental Health
- DMHSAS Reports and Studies