WRC - Unit Information

Wisconsin Resource Center

Male inmates are assigned to 20-34 bed units based on common needs or characteristics.

Unit 1 - Medium Custody Service Area

Unit Supervisor: Matthew Hanson

Mission
The mission of this unit is to provide a safe, non-violent, secure treatment environment to address the individual referrals of inmates to the Wisconsin Resource Center and enhance skills needed to successfully function upon return to the Department of Corrections.

Unit Description
An individualized and multidisciplinary approach is utilized to tailor programming and treatment that best fits the needs of each patient. Staff provide effective methods to help patients cope with and adapt more adequately in life and upon return to their assigned DOC institution.

Goals

  • Address individual treatment needs identified by DOC.
  • Provide clinical monitoring through groups and on-unit individual contacts.
  • Strengthen independent living skills and pro-social life skills with appropriate feedback and interventions.
  • Reinforce essential treatment programming.
  • Increase skills to negotiate a traditional facility.

Unit 2 - Immediate Psychiatric

Nursing Supervisor: Melissa Mitchell

Mission
This unit evaluates, stabilizes, and promotes optimal functioning of patients with persistent disabling mental illness.

Unit Description
This is a 25-bed unit with an emphasis on the evaluation and stabilization of patients with DSM-IV Axis I major mental illness. The primary focus is on the promotion of optimal cognitive and physical functioning for patients with persistent disabling mental illness. Nursing care is provided 24/7. Both on- and off-unit programs are used to provide a spectrum of services that allow the inmate to assume a level of personal responsibility consistent with his ability. The unit is supervised by nurse clinicians specializing in psychiatric care under the direction of a nursing supervisor.

Unit 3 - AODA Release

AODA Clinical Coordinator: Scott Huntington

Mission
This unit provide an environment that promotes rehabilitation with re-entry planning, medication management, independent living skills, job skills, personal responsibility, and self-control to reintegrate the resident to the community.

Vision
In preparation for a successful transition into the community, develop a supportive environment that provides patients the opportunity to learn and practice skills and make independent choices which promote wellness and recovery. Teams will consistently teach, model, and reinforce appropriate behavior and healthy communication in a safe and secure setting.

Unit Description
The objective of this unit is to provide skills and practice necessary for successful re-entry to the community. This unit provides a community-based environment with practice in budgeting. The program is choice-based and each resident receives $30 of simulated money in an account for monthly expenses. Room and board is collected on the first of the month. It includes three meals per day and a set amount of hygiene items. Anything beyond the room and board expenses must be prioritized for value and budgeted for as needed. Treatment interventions and coaching will promote applying skills to manage independently in the community.

Unit 4 - High Management Security

Unit Supervisor: Jason McHugh

Objective
This unit provides a secure environment with options for the highest level of control and management interventions to address inmate behaviors that present a significant danger to self or others or which present a severe disruptive potential to the operation of the institution. After the presenting behavior has been stabilized, the unit treatment team initiate programming to minimize relapse of the immediate behavior and attempt to return the inmate/patient to the home unit in a timely manner. This unit implements restrictive dispositions pursuant to Wis. Admin. Code § DOC 303, as adapted at WRC to enforce inmate discipline.

Unit Program Summary
This unit provides a secure environment for the institution and inmate. An inmate placed onto this unit has previously exhibited a significant threat to the safety and security of the individual or the facility. After the immediate presenting behavior has diminished the inmate is reviewed for placement to a lower management unit.

Unit 5 - AODA/Release/ATR

Unit Supervisor and ATR Coordinator: Janice Roberts

Mission
This unit provides an environment that promotes rehabilitation with re-entry planning, medication management, independent living skills, job skills, personal responsibility, and self-control to reintegrate the resident to the community. This unit houses patients as well as individuals under alternative to revocation (ATR) statuses. It is expected that all are involved in individualized programming.

Vision
In preparation for a successful transition into the community, this unit develops a supportive environment that provides patients the opportunity to learn and practice skills, and make independent choices which promote wellness and recovery. Teams will consistently teach, model, and reinforce appropriate behavior and healthy communication in a safe and secure setting.

Unit Description
The objective of this unit is to provide skills and practice necessary for successful re-entry to the community. The unit provides a community-based environment with practice in budgeting. The program is choice-based and each resident receives $30 of simulated money in an account for monthly expenses. Room and board is collected on the first of the month. It includes three meals per day and a set amount of hygiene items. Anything beyond the room and board expenses must be prioritized for value and budgeted for as needed. Treatment interventions and coaching will promote applying skills to manage independently in the community.

Goals
Patients are provided the opportunity to engage in multidisciplinary groups, unit activities, individualized counseling sessions, as well as other specialized social work, recreation therapy, and psychological services in an effort to achieve the following goals:

  • To assess any needs for release to the community and provide information and referrals to promote public safety and offender success.
  • Improve and encourage independent living and coping skills.
  • To educate offenders about the use and importance of prescribed medications.
  • To help obtain services and documents required upon release (i.e. Social Security, Medical Assistance, psychiatric follow-up, and ID documents).
  • To promote healthy lifestyles and constructive use of leisure time.
  • To develop a working wellness plan prior to release.
  • To enhance support systems and resources in the community prior to release.
  • To work cooperatively with the DOC Division of Community Corrections, state and county mental health service agencies, and private agencies to develop viable release plans.

Unit 6 - AODA/Re-Entry

Unit Supervisor: Bob Kriz

Guiding Principle
The WRC Dual Diagnosis and Pre-release Service Area provides a safe and healthy environment for inmates and Alternative to Revocation (ATR) offenders, while promoting personal rehabilitation through a variety of individualized treatment programming that includes re-entry planning, medication management, independent living skills, job skills, personal responsibility and accountability to prepare participants for a successful, long-term, healthy transition to the community. We incorporate elements of person centered planning, motivational interviewing, trauma-informed care, integrated treatment, dual diagnosis (AODA/co-occurring disorder) treatment, multi-disciplinary and strength based approaches, and a variety of incentives to serve as rewards for positive choices and accomplishments. The service area treatment team members provide coaching and encouragement to program participants while role-modeling positive behavior and healthy choices. This unit is designed to provide an environment that promotes rehabilitation by linking release planning, medication management, independent living skills, job skills, personal responsibility, and self-control as means of integrating the resident back to the community.

Program Statement
This unit is a 30-bed structured community. The unit is designed to provide care and release planning for those residents who have a history of chronic mental health issues or correctional institutionalization. The unit treatment team focuses on developing individualized release plans that are focused on independent living skills while providing relapse prevention or wellness plans. Through the collaborative development of individualized treatment plans, stressors related to release planning and community reintegration will be reduced.

The unit operates under a multi-disciplinary treatment model and is structured to provide rapid feedback through constructive consequences/rewards to modify behaviors. The treatment team consists of an institution unit supervisor, psychiatric care supervisor, psychiatrist, psychological services associate, social worker, psychiatric care technicians, an education representative, and a recreation therapist. The unit program receives additional support from staff involved in other departments within WRC. Many residents on the unit are participants in the dual diagnosis treatment program that is offered on the unit.

The unit coordinates with community-based services to assist with transitioning to the community. This may include DOC agents, case managers, Social Security, family supports, and community mental health providers. The team also coordinates efforts with the Opening Avenues to Reentry Success (OARS) Program.

The objective of this unit is to provide the skills necessary for successful re-entry to individuals being released to the community. Patients are provided with treatment interventions and coaching to allow them opportunities to expand and apply their skills to manage independently in the community.

Unit 7 - Medium Custody Service Area

Unit Supervisor: Angela Wood

Mission
This unit provides a safe, non-violent, secure, and structured treatment environment to address symptom management and the individual referral reasons of inmates to the Wisconsin Resource Center, as well as to enhance skills needed for a successful and non-problematic assimilation upon return to the DOC.

The program focuses on achieving self-governed compliance with rules and policies, commitment to a productive schedule, appropriate socialization, adequate coping skills and overall independent living skills. It encourages patients to take responsibility for self growth and reinforces this through a collaborative effort to address areas that present as problematic and interfere in functioning. Development and application of these skills will increase the ability to negotiate a traditional institutional living environment and/or the community. The treatment team promotes and encourages programming, therapy, medication compliance, and healthy lifestyle choices while concurrently preparing for transfer to the medium custody DOC institutions.

Goals

  • Address individual treatment needs identified by DOC.
  • Provide clinical monitoring through groups and on-unit individual contacts.
  • Strengthen independent living skills and pro-social life skills with appropriate feedback and interventions.
  • Reinforce essential treatment programming.
  • Increase skills to negotiate a traditional institution living environment.

Unit 8 - Pre-Release and ATR Mental Health

Unit Supervisor: Jeff Urban

Unit Description
This unit provides an environment that promotes rehabilitation with re-entry planning, medication management, independent living skills, personal responsibility, and self-control to re-integrate the resident to the community.

In preparation for a successful transition into the community, the treatment team develops a supportive environment that provides patients the opportunity to learn and practice skills and make independent choices which help promote wellness and recovery. The multidisciplinary team consistently teach, model, and reinforce appropriate behavior and healthy communication in a safe and secure setting.

The unit team also works with community agents in the DOC Division of Community Corrections to treat mentally ill offenders as an Alternative to Revocation, so the offender can eventually better manage their mental health symptoms in the community instead of incarceration.

Unit 11 - Program Security

Unit Supervisor: Jason McHugh

Objective
This unit provides a behavioral controlled environment for the dual purpose of continuing the assessment of the patient's behavior with the initiation of programs which will measure an patient's responsiveness to unit programming. Staff provide a supplemental environment to the High Management Security Unit in an effort to facilitate transition to a more open environment.

Unit Program Summary
This unit provides an integral part of the interdisciplinary treatment modality at WRC. It provides to the treatment teams a behavioral management response to immediate presenting behavior that insures a safe and secure environment. This enables an individualized approach to meet the individual treatment needs as defined in the originating unit developed care plans.

Unit 12 - Psychiatric Services Daily Incentive Program/Moving Forward

Unit Supervisor: Kim Ames

Objective

Provide for the needs of the individuals in the psychiatric service area through group and individual programming.

  • Daily Incentive (DI) Program helps a patient develop the capacity to self-regulate emotions and engage in pro-social behaviors in order to maintain placement within a less restrictive setting.
  • Moving Forward is an assigned status for those needing ongoing structure, long term management, or gradual movement to a less structured environment.

Vision
Patients participating in the DI Program will develop and maintain an increased sense of self-regulation and adaptive behaviors so that they are able to transition to a less restrictive environment.

Unit Program Summary
The DI Program is designed or suited primarily for patients who present problematic behaviors and have difficulty maintaining pro-social behaviors in a less structured environment. The DI Program integrates the "recovery" and "decompression" models of treatment in providing behavioral feedback. The unit program is designed to foster awareness and adaptation of self-control as well as enhancing appropriate social interactions with peers and institution staff. The unit operates as an interdisciplinary management program, structured to provide rapid feedback about their behaviors. The interdisciplinary treatment team reviews inmate progress daily and identifies individual treatment needs.

In addition to the DI Program, this unit provides services for chronically ill and/or poorly adjusted patients who do not need an incentive program. This unit houses some long-term men who will remain at WRC for the time they are incarcerated.

Unit 15 - Psychiatric Admissions/Acute

Unit Supervisor: Brett Vandewalle

Objective
This unit facilitates the admission for all inmates received into the psychiatric service area at WRC.

Unit Program Summary
This unit provides management and treatment of the most acute mentally ill patients admitted and housed at the WRC. These include inmates needing commitment or re-commitment under Wis. Stat. ch. 51, patients who have been directed by the courts to be treated to competency, and other mentally ill patients who can benefit from psychiatric treatment.

The treat to competency program requires this unit to work in unison with many partners to help in treating those individuals that the court has ordered for this service.

The unit coordinates services for those individuals who are pending revocation or are currently incarcerated with pending criminal charges.

The unit's environment, program, and structure is set to meet the clinical and social needs of the patient while maintaining a balance of treatment, security, and safety for the staff and patients.

Unit 16 - Maximum Custody Service

Unit Supervisor: Ed Kremer

Objective
This unit provides awareness and coping skills for patients with a history of poor institutional adjustment in a safe, secure, and structured environment, which is conducive to the treatment and security needs of the patient and institution.

Unit Program Summary
This unit houses the Coping Skills Program and the AODA educational-based program. These programs are designed to provide treatment to patients in the pre-contemplative stage of change as per the Prochaska and DiClemente Stages of Change Model. The Coping Skills Program is a four-week program designed to provide awareness and coping skills for selected patients. The AODA Program is a five-week information based program with a behavioral cost-benefit project as the focus. A patient would be referred to the AODA Program when they have at least 18 months left of their sentence or per the unit treatment team discretion.

Patients are referred for these programs via the patient's treatment learning plan. Further assessment occurs by the unit's treatment team throughout the treatment period to evaluate if continued mental health or other programmatic treatment is needed. The goal of the unit is to propel the patient to the contemplation or action phase of the stages of change model.

Unit 17 - Maximum Custody Service Area

Unit Supervisor: Paul Ludvigson

Unit Description
The unit works to improve the physical, mental, social and emotional health of individuals. Staff promote consistency of care through a safe environment similar to a maximum security facility in an effort to enhance the patient's long-term well-being and promote recovery. This unit is self-sustaining and self-serving for the goal of treatment with security. A major goal for this unit is to greatly reduce inmate instability prior to and after transfer back to DOC. Additionally, the concept of recovery and promotion of self-efficacy is encouraged.

The program is a five-level system based primarily on overall behavior (high management status, conduct reports, etc.). There is double bunking. The lowest level is very restrictive and is designed specifically for patients who are showing significant mental instability or behavioral difficulties and may be used in lieu of high management placement. Patients do not necessarily need a conduct report to be placed on this level. Decisions such as allowing the inmate to go to work/job/classes are strictly determined by the treatment team (with supervisory approval). The other levels follow a progression to provide for more responsibilities and are determined by inmate programming hours, an AWARE (Applying Wellness and Recovery Everyday) Plan and unit disciplinary structure. Once inmates are showing positive signs of adjustment, they are then prepared for transfer back to DOC.

After inmates are sent back to DOC, continuity of care continues with an outreach program that consists of an interdisciplinary team that meets with them at their respective institutions once a month for at least three months to ascertain the overall success of the transition and to encourage programmatic principles that were covered while at WRC. Along with this program, an aftercare program exists with the assistance of an outside contractor to provide aftercare for those who have completed their AWARE plan.

Unit 18 - Maximum Custody Service Area

Unit Supervisor: Darryl Franklin

Unit Description
The unit works to improve the physical, mental, social and emotional health of individuals. Staff promote consistency of care through a safe environment similar to a maximum security facility in an effort to enhance the patient's long-term well-being and promote recovery. This unit is self-sustaining and self-serving for the goal of treatment with security. A major goal for this unit is to greatly reduce inmate instability prior to and after transfer back to DOC. Additionally, the concept of recovery and promotion of self-efficacy is encouraged.

The program is a five-level system based primarily on overall behavior (high management status, conduct reports, etc.). There is double bunking. The lowest level is very restrictive and is designed specifically for patients who are showing significant mental instability or behavioral difficulties and may be used in lieu of high management placement. Patients do not necessarily need a conduct report to be placed on this level. Decisions such as allowing the inmate to go to work/job/classes are strictly determined by the treatment team (with supervisory approval). The other levels follow a progression to provide for more responsibilities and are determined by inmate programming hours, an AWARE (Applying Wellness and Recovery Everyday) Plan and unit disciplinary structure. Once inmates are showing positive signs of adjustment, they are then prepared for transfer back to DOC.

After inmates are sent back to DOC, continuity of care continues with an outreach program that consists of an interdisciplinary team that meets with them at their respective institutions once a month for at least three months to ascertain the overall success of the transition and to encourage programmatic principles that were covered while at WRC. Along with this program, an aftercare program exists with the assistance of an outside contractor to provide aftercare for those who have completed their AWARE plan.

Units 9, 10, 13, and 14 are vacant.

Wisconsin Women's Resource Center

Female inmates are assigned to one of three units.

Unit W-20 - Specialized Treatment Unit

Clinical Coordinator: Tom Ross

Mission
The Specialized Treatment Unit (STU) utilizes various treatment modalities as a part of an intensive program to address a range of trauma symptoms, restructure thinking patterns related to emotional and social difficulties, and increase social skills to enhance the patient's functioning at Taycheedah Correctional Institution (TCI), Robert E. Ellsworth Correctional Center (REECC), and in the community.

Unit Description
The unit houses an intensive treatment program for 20 women within two treatment groups: 10 participants in each group within a modified therapeutic community. The program lasts 25 weeks with each treatment group of 10 women starting on a staggered schedule, 12 weeks apart allowing each group of 10 women to begin and complete the program at the same time.

The STU Program’s philosophy is based on trauma-informed care, gender-responsive programs, and an environment that promotes self-management and shared responsibilities. The core STU programs have been peer-reviewed, evaluated, and identified as evidence-based programs. The programs are appropriate and designed for women involved with the criminal justice system.

Staff from several areas (psychology, social services, therapeutic services, education, nursing, and chaplain services) facilitate and lead groups and activities. The multi-disciplinary treatment team first assesses the patient's strengths and needs and then collaborates with them to identify relevant interventions. Participants complete a battery of measures assessing trauma-specific and general psychological difficulties prior to enrolling in programming, as well as at the conclusion to assess treatment gains. Staff and program participants emphasize core values of safety, choice, collaboration, and empowerment in the unit structure, programming, and their interactions.

All cells are single-occupancy and have sinks and toilets.

WWRC perceives STU participants as role models for others at WWRC. Consequently, participants are responsible and expected to model consistent attendance and active participation in groups, activities and individual sessions as part of their treatment experience at WWRC.

Unit W-21 - Moderate Acuity

Unit Supervisor: Sharon Harter

Mission
The Moderate Acuity Unit’s mission is to provide a wide variety of interdisciplinary treatment to women with psychiatric symptoms and maladaptive personality features in order to decrease their difficulties and improve their overall functioning.

Unit Description
The unit houses a maximum 10 offenders. It consists of women in general population and segregation statuses who transferred from the High Acuity Unit after exhibiting reduced risk for self-harm and harm to others, as well as women who transfer directly from Taycheedah Correctional Institution. Residents of this unit participate in on- and off-unit programming.

All cells are single-occupancy and have sinks and toilets.

Unit W-22 - High Acuity

Nursing Supervisor: Matthew Butkiewicz

Mission
The High Acuity Unit’s mission is to reduce symptoms of serious mental illness or severe behavioral instability, which threatens the safety of the offender or others, via focused therapeutic interventions, stabilization of psychotropic medication, and behavior management.

Unit Description
The unit houses a working population of 10 offenders. It consists of women in general population and segregation statuses. Some offenders remain for short-term stabilization and return to Taycheedah Correctional Institution, while others progress to the Moderate Acuity Unit for more in-depth programming after exhibiting improved behavioral and/or psychiatric stability and reduced risk for self-harm and harm to others.

All cells are single-occupancy cells and have sinks and toilets.

Last Revised: October 18, 2017