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Most Recent Milwaukee County Mental Health Complex

Integrating disabled citizens into the community – Op Ed by DRW’s Milwaukee Office Director Barbara Beckert

The promise of the ADA — for people with disabilities to be fully integrated into our community — is being realized in Milwaukee County with the closure of the Milwaukee County Mental Health Complex long-term care units.

Click here to read the Op-Ed on the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel website.

DRW Pleased With Outcome of DHS Review

Disability Rights Wisconsin is pleased that the Wisconsin Department of Health Services Chief Legal Counsel has issued a favorable finding – concluding the review into DRW’s release of its expert’s report on six deaths that occurred at the Milwaukee Mental Health Complex in 2012.

“DRW appreciates the thorough nature of the Chief Counsel’s review and reiterates its commitment to advocate for the highest quality of life for all persons with disabilities, particularly those who are most vulnerable,” commented Executive Director Daniel Idzikowski.

DHS’ letter to Governor Walker dated June 13 concluded that DRW did not commit a violation of its duty as the state’s designated Protection and Advocacy Agency.

For more about this development, follow this link: DRW Pleased with Outcome of DHS Review.

Signing of the Milwaukee County Mental Health Board Legislation

MCMHB Bill SigningDRW Milwaukee Office Director Barbara Beckert was invited to join Governor Walker, bipartisan legislators, and Milwaukee County leaders at the signing of the Milwaukee County Mental Health Board legislation. We look forward to seeing the new Board advance positive change for people with mental illness and their families.

Disability Rights Wisconsin Thanks Governor and Legislature for New Law Establishing the Milwaukee County Mental Health Board, Will Remain Vigilant on Behalf of Patients

Today Governor Walker signed SB656, a bill establishing a new Milwaukee County Mental Health Board (MCMHB). We believe this legislation has the potential to advance significant improvements in the Milwaukee County mental health system and ultimately improve the lives of people living with mental illness. Click Here to Read DRW’s Full Statement.

Disability Rights Wisconsin Continues to Seek Improvements at Milwaukee Mental Health Complex

Disability Rights Wisconsin will continue to strongly advocate for improvements in quality of care for people at the Milwaukee Mental Health Complex. Read this March 31 Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Editorial: State & County Officials Want to Shoot the Messenger.

Milwaukee County Must Take Immediate Action to Ensure Patient Safety

DRW re-emphasizes its recommendations to improve conditions at the Milwaukee Mental Health Complex.

 

Click here to read the rest of Milwaukee County Must Take Immediate Action to Ensure Patient Safety »

DRW Investigation of Milwaukee County Behavioral Health Division and Recommendations

Disability Rights Wisconsin has monitored and reported on the conditions and treatment of individuals at the Milwaukee Mental Health Complex and Milwaukee County’s Behavioral Health Division for many years. This week the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel highlighted the work of DRW including an expert report and recommendations made earlier in the year. “Poor Care Called Factor in Four Deaths at Mental Health Complex”.

Click here to read the rest of DRW Investigation of Milwaukee County Behavioral Health Division and Recommendations »

Journal-Sentinel Op-Eds on Mental Health Complex

The following opinion piece appeared in the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel on Thursday, November 4, 2010:

Needless Delay: click here.

The following opinion pieces appeared in the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel on Sunday, August 29, 2010:

It’s Everyone’s Problem to Solve: click here.

To Inspire a Culture of Excellence: click here.

Steps Being Taken to Improve Services: click here.

Journal-Sentinel Updates On Milwaukee Mental Health Complex

Beginning on Sunday, August 23, the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel has published a “Watchdog Report” about the ongoing investigation into the Milwaukee County Mental Health Complex. Click the links below to see the series of articles.

November 4–Milwaukee County Board urges release of mental facility report: click here.

Walker, supervisors in accord on building new Mental Health Complex: click here.

Shakeup at Milwaukee County Mental Health Complex widens: click here.

Mental Health Complex security faulty, sheriff’s report concludes: click here.

Chianelli demoted as head of Mental Health Complex: click here.

Out of Chaos, a Baby is Born: click here.

Patient with Violent Past went Unsupervised: click here.

Budget and staff cuts, leadership questions nag outmoded facility: click here.

Lack of accountability continues, despite deaths, threats to funding: click here.

Assault suspect at mental facility competent for trial, judge says: click here.

Mental health unit gets help. County hires 2 firms: click here.

Walker seeks extra $5.5 million for mental health. New budget calls for more staff, training: click here.

County won’t release study on mental facility, auditor says information may aid probe into troubled complex: click here.

Complex ill-equipped to handle violent patients. Mental health nurses says patient with HIV spits blood at them: click here.

To see links to earlier media coverage on this topic, click here.

DRW’s Update to the Community on the Milwaukee County Mental Health Complex

DRW released an “Update to the Community” today, which includes preliminary concerns and recommendations in response to a variety of problems uncovered by state surveyors at the Milwaukee County Mental Health Complex.

To read the 2-page Executive Summary of the update, click here: Executive Summary

To read the full update, click here: Update to the Community.