Non-criminal patients moved from Mendota

Space needed for criminal patients
Non-criminal patients moved from Mendota

Civil psychiatric patients have been discharged from Mendota Mental Health Institute in Madison to free space for additional criminal patients.

And some law enforcement officials aren’t happy about it.

Wisconsin Department of Health Services spokeswoman Jennifer Miller says the adult male patients from Mendota’s secure civil unit are receiving treatment in the community. Miller told the State Journal the state is consolidating civil patients at Winnebago Mental Health Institute in Oshkosh. Criminal patients will go to Mendota. Geriatric civil patients will still be seen at Mendota.

Madison interim police Chief Randy Gaber says that means a three-hour roundtrip to Oshkosh for his officers to transport a person in need of emergency civil commitment. Gaber says that puts a strain on his department and has an even greater impact on smaller police departments.