Mendota Juvenile Treatment Center (MJTC), a 29-bed secure treatment facility located on the property of MMHI, delivers comprehensive mental health services to teen boys whose highly disruptive behavior and failure to respond to standard treatment has warranted their transfer to the facility from Wisconsin's juvenile corrections system. MJTC seeks to rehabilitate youth by focusing on helping participants understand interpersonal processes, acquire social skills, and improve normative social connections. It was established in 1995.
MJTC is informed by social control theory and the theory of defiance and attempts to improve a participant's hostility toward authority figures and strengthen his connections to normative social behaviors, beliefs, and relationships. A behavioral point system, called the Today-Tomorrow Program, rewards youth for positive behavior and is incorporated into the treatment as an incentive to comply with and participate in the treatment. Youth receive academic support, group therapy for anger management, and treatment related to issues such as substance abuse or sexual offense. Youth also have individual therapy sessions with either a psychologist, a psychiatrist, or a social worker. Medication treatment is available and overseen by a staff psychiatrist.
Patients move to and from MJTC based on assessment of their mental health and security needs. A youth's motivation for positive change is also part of that assessment. Parents or guardians receive program and treatment review reports during their youth's stay on MJTC.
Information for Family and Friends of Residents
Correspondence with residents is encouraged by those on an approved correspondence list. Close family members who want to be on the list may contact the resident's social worker and request to be added. Only letters and family pictures may be sent to residents. Only magazines that are on the approved publications list and sent directly from the publisher will be accepted and delivered to residents. Any correspondence containing inappropriate content will be returned to the sender.
Residents are not allowed to keep money on the unit or handle money during a visit. Staff will accept checks or money orders for residents and provide a written receipt. The MMHI Business Office maintains individual accounts for all residents.
Personal property of residents, including clothing and toiletries, are issued by MTJC or may be purchased by residents through the MJTC canteen system. Personal property provided by family is limited to letters, family pictures, and a religious book. Immediately before release from MJTC, family members may provide clothing for the resident to wear upon placement in the community.
Visitors are welcome.
Anyone visiting residents at MJTC must be on the approved visitor list. An MJTC social worker must be contacted ahead of time for visitors to be added to the visitor list. Visits will not be allowed until the completion of a background check that may take several days.
Approved visitors must schedule their visit 24 hours before visiting MJTC. This can be done by calling 608-301-1215 between the hours of 12:00 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Provide the following information:
- The date of the visit
- The time the visit is to occur
- The names of persons who will be visiting
Visiting hours are:
- Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
- Saturdays, Sundays, and State/Legal Holidays from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. & 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Special visits are allowed with prior approval from the resident's treatment team. Contact the MJTC social worker for details.
Check In Process
Visitors must check in with the staff on duty no later than 30 minutes after visiting hours begin. Check in times are:
- 5:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays
- 12:30 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Saturdays, Sundays and State/Legal Holidays.
Visitors arriving after this time will be denied visitation.
Each visitor must provide photo identification at the door. Only the following forms of identification will be accepted:
- A Driver's License.
- A State Identification Card
- Military I.D. (if a member of the military)
- Current Passport
Staff will check each visitor's name on the approved visitor list. Visitors not on the list will be denied visitation. Secure lockers are available to store purses, keys, etc. MJTC is not responsible for lost or stolen items. It is recommended that personal items be locked in your vehicle.
All visitors must pass through and clear a metal detector. To expedite the entrance process, visitors should avoid wearing clothing with metal attached (i.e., buckles, snaps, metal buttons, etc.). It is also recommended that visitors refrain from wearing excessive jewelry. The metal detector also is sensitive to metal contained in undergarments. Visitors with pacemakers or other medical implants must make their condition known to staff and carry a doctor's note describing the condition. It is the visitor's responsibility to clear the metal detector.
Visitors who bring in contraband are subject to Wis. Stat. § 302.095 which:
prohibits delivery of any article to an offender of a state institution or depositing or concealing an article within the state institution or its boundaries or receiving an article to convey out of the institution that is contrary to the rules and regulations and without the knowledge or permission of the director. Any person found in violation of this law is subject to imprisonment of not more than two years or a fine not exceeding $500.00.
It is the visitor's responsibility to inform MJTC of a disability requiring special accommodations. This includes accommodation requests necessary to enter the institution and for the duration of the visit. Individuals should request these accommodations when scheduling their visit.
The following guidelines have been established by MJTC staff. Any non-compliance with these guidelines could result in termination of the visit and may sanction visiting approval in the future.
- Anyone manifesting evidence of having consumed alcohol or illegal drugs will be denied entrance.
- Contact between visitors and residents will be allowed at the beginning and the end of the visit. Example: a hug or handshake.
- Youth must sit in an assigned seat and remain there until the visit is over.
- If youth must return to the unit for any reason, (i.e., to use the bathroom) the visit will be terminated.
- Youth may not take property to the visiting room or return from the visiting room with property without the supervisor's approval.
- Visitors must maintain appropriate behavior at all times while visiting MJTC.
- Physical discipline of family members is unacceptable during visits.
- All games, trash, etc., must be picked up and placed in the appropriate areas when the visit is ended.
- No food or beverages may be brought into MJTC during visits. Visitors may purchase beverages or food items from vending machines in the visiting room.
- Staff maintain the right to terminate a visit.
Visitation Dress Code
A visitors' dress code has been developed to ensure a safe and secure visiting area that is appropriate, tasteful, and conducive to a wholesome family atmosphere. The following apparel is considered inappropriate and will result in the denial of entry into MJTC:
- Transparent clothing.
- Shorts that are shorter than finger tip length (i.e., standing naturally with arms straight down the side of the body and fingers extended).
- Skirts or dresses shorter than finger tip length plus three inches.
- Strapless, tube, or halter tops.
- Tops that expose the midriff.
- Underwear worn on the outside of clothing.
- Clothing with revealing holes or tears above finger tip level.
- Clothing or accessories with obscene or profane writing, images or pictures.
- Individuals wearing gang related clothing or insignia may be denied entrance into the institution.
MJTC is located in Lorenz Hall. Questions and comments regarding MJTC should be directed to the unit manager at 608-301-1193.
Mendota Juvenile Treatment Center
301 Troy Drive
Madison, WI 53704