WMHI serves children and adults court-ordered into inpatient psychiatric assessment treatment through county-based emergency detention and commitment proceedings. These individuals are referred to as civil patients. WMHI also serves individuals court-ordered for mental health competency evaluations, treatment to competency services, and found not guilty of criminal activity by reason of mental illness. These individuals are referred to as forensic patients. The majority of forensic patients served at WMHI are women.
WMHI does not accept walk-in admissions or referrals from sources other than county health and human services departments and the court system. Individuals in a life threatening situation should call 911. Individuals may also call their county crisis services provider for immediate assistance.
There are seven patient care units at WMHI.
Choices is a forensic unit for long-term patients requiring general psychiatric care. Services are provided in a minimum-security setting to males and females. The programming focuses on preparation for community reintegration, including work programs.
Gemini is a civil admission, assessment, and treatment unit located in Gordon Hall. Services are provided in a minimum-security setting to adult males and females. Staff assist patients in transitioning back to their community of residence. An intensive treatment program that serves patients with a dual diagnosis of mental illness and alcohol and other drug abuse issues is available, if appropriate and requested by the referring county.
Petersik Hall South is an admission, assessment, and treatment unit. Services are provided in a medium-security setting to females only.
Peterisk Hall North is an admission, assessment, and treatment unit. Services are provided in a medium-security setting to males and females. This unit also provides treatment to forensic patients.
Sherman Hall North and Sherman Hall South are civil units for patients admitted for psychiatric assessment, stabilization, medication management, and treatment. Services are provided in a minimum-security setting to males and females. Staff assist patients in managing their symptoms.
The Youth Services Unit (YSU) is a civil assessment and treatment unit located in Sherman Hall for children and adolescents with psychiatric disorders, behavioral disorders, developmental disabilities, and dually diagnosed mental health and substance abuse issues. The patient and their family as well as staff from the patient's county of residence work with the WMHI treatment team to develop a plan of care. Individual and group treatments are provided. Short-term treatment is available with a focus on community reintegration. There are gender-specific wings on this unit.
Waterwood School serves patients in need of K-12 education services.
To get emotional support and resources before a struggle becomes a crisis, text HOPELINE to 741741. This is a free service.