Milwaukee County Behavioral Health System Report is online

Mental Health Task Force Update

When the Milwaukee County Mental Health Board was established by the State Legislature with Act 203, one of the requirements was for an operational and programmatic audit of the behavioral health division of Milwaukee County with a report of the findings by December 1, 2014. The report became public today. Here is a link to the report on the DHS web site:

You can read it here: https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/mh/index.htm

Here is the language regarding the audit from Act 203, the bill establishing the Mental Health Board:

(4) AUDIT AND REPORT BY DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH SERVICES.

(a) The department of health services shall perform or arrange for an operational and programmatic audit of the behavioral health division of the Milwaukee County department of health and human services, the psychiatric hospital of the Milwaukee County mental health complex, and the related behavioral health programs. The audit shall include recommendations for the state assuming oversight responsibility for emergency detention services and the psychiatric hospital of the Milwaukee County Mental Health Complex, developing a plan for closing the Milwaukee County Mental Health Complex, and developing a plan for state oversight of a regional facility for the delivery of institutional, inpatient, crisis services, and behavioral health services using similar state−operated regional facilities as a model. In addition, the audit shall provide details and specifications on how, after the transitioning of the county−run institutional model to a state−based regionalized model, the state− based Milwaukee County mental health board will transition to a county−based board, the positions on the Milwaukee County mental health board will transition to a community−based focus, the funding for inpatient services and community−based services will continue, and mental health services will be delivered in a manner that reflects all of the following principles:
1. Community−based, person−centered, recovery− oriented mental health systems.
2. Maximizing comprehensive community−based services.
3. Prioritizing access to community−based services and reducing reliance on institutional and inpatient care.
4. Protecting the personal liberty of individuals experiencing mental illness so that they may be treated in the least restrictive environment to the greatest extent possible.
5. Providing early intervention to minimize the length and depth of psychotic and other mental health episodes.
6. Diverting people experiencing mental illness from the corrections system when appropriate.
7. Maximizing use of mobile crisis units and crisis intervention training.

(b) The department of health services may enter into a contract for the performance of the audit under paragraph (a). By December 1, 2014, the department of health services or the person with whom the department of health services has entered into a contract for the audit under paragraph (a) shall submit a report of the findings of the audit under paragraph (a), including recommendations for inpatient mental health treatment in Milwaukee County, to the secretary of health services. The secretary of health services shall submit a copy of the report to the Milwaukee County mental health board, the Milwaukee County board of supervisors, the Milwaukee County executive, and the legislature under section 13.172 (2) of the statutes.

(c) The Milwaukee County mental health board, the behavioral health division and the community services branch of the Milwaukee County department of health and human services, and any other Milwaukee County governmental unit that has information necessary for the performance of the audit under paragraph (a) shall cooperate with the department of health services or the contractor of the department of health services for the performance of the audit.

Barbara Beckert, Milwaukee Office Director DISABILITY RIGHTS WISCONSIN
6737 W. Washington St., Suite 3230 Milwaukee, WI 53214
414–773–4646 Ext 15 Voice
414–773–4647 Fax
barbara.beckert@drwi.org

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