Milwaukee County Psychiatric Crisis Redesign

Milwaukee County and the Mental Health Board are continuing to move forward with options redesign of psychiatric crisis services, along with outsourcing of Milwaukee County Behavioral Health inpatient care which is scheduled to be in place by July 2021. At last week’s Mental Health Board meeting, Board members heard presentations regarding the fiscal analysis of crisis redesign options and approved the creation of a negotiating team for crisis redesign. The attached documents include the related presentations from BHD Administrator Mike Lappen, and from Wipfli LLP.

Here is a summary of the fiscal analysis in the report:

In Summary:

  • The Financial Assessment supported Phase One recommendations to develop a Centralized Psychiatric ED model of care as a key component to the Crisis Redesign Initiative in Milwaukee County.

  • Milwaukee County tax levy funding may allow for some level of funding to offset the expected operating losses of a Centralized Psychiatric ED; however, additional funding sources will also be required.

  • Recommendations regarding next steps in the process are pending

Wisconsin Health News covered the meeting – here is a link to their article

Last edited by Courtney.   Page last modified on September 06, 2019

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