Mental Health: Care and Coverage

Treatment is effective. Recovery is possible.

In Wisconsin, mental health services are delivered in a variety of settings, including hospitals, clinics, homes, and other community locations.

The Department of Health Services supervises Wisconsin's public mental health system. Wisconsin's 72 counties are responsible for delivering services and providing for the well-being, treatment, and care of individuals living with mental health concerns. This often is done in partnership with community-based agencies and organizations.

Private practice professionals licensed by the state also provide care and treatment to people living with mental health concerns.

Need help navigating the mental health system? Check out NAMI Wisconsin's online guide to mental health services.

Mental Health in Wisconsin

Eleven percent of Wisconsin residents received mental health services in the past year. (Source: Wisconsin Family Health Survey)

Find Help

If this is an emergency and you need help now, please dial 911.

  • Use this directory to contact your county agency
  • Use this page to search for a treatment provider in your area
  • Use this search tool provided by the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

Health Insurance Coverage

Wisconsin law, as well as federal law, requires that certain health insurance policies cover services for mental health and substance use disorders on a parity basis with coverage for medical and surgical services. This means that the financial requirements (such as co-pays and deductibles) and treatment limitations (such as visit limits) that are applicable to insurance benefits for mental health or substance use disorders may be no more restrictive than the most common limitations applied to other medical benefits offered by the health plan.

Know Your Rights

There are rules to ensure patient rights are protected. The Client Rights Office is responsible for the oversight of patient rights for individuals receiving services for a mental health concerns in Wisconsin.

Last Revised: April 10, 2018