Hospital Treatment Services
with several hospitals in southeastern Wisconsin to provide for acute
psychiatric inpatient and medical detoxification services. About 90% of the
inpatient admissions are involuntary, wherein law officers initiate a legal
process known as an emergency detention (for mental illness) to safeguard
persons who are judged to be a danger to themselves or others, or a
protective custody (for alcohol or drug abuse) to safeguard persons who are
incapacitated by alcohol . The remaining admissions are voluntary.
Hospital Admission Process
DHHS staff assess all persons for admission to hospital treatment to help
determine the most appropriate level of care. In most cases a medical
clearance is required at Lakeland Medical Center before a person is admitted
to a psychiatric facility.
admissions are transported to area hospitals by ambulance to ensure medical
monitoring and the safety of the client.
may be transported for hospital admission by DHHS staff or by a responsible
adult of the client's choice.
Continuity of Care
Upon discharge from hospital treatment, clients are referred to
outpatient services for whatever professional therapy and
medication-monitoring is indicated. In some cases, specialized intensive
outpatient or residential alcohol and drug treatment services are provided
after inpatient treatment.
Responsibility for Payment
When DHHS authorizes a client to receive mental health or
substance abuse treatment in a hospital or licensed residential treatment
facility, the client or another responsible party is liable for all charges
related to the cost of that treatment.
When a client
provides information about insurance coverage or other payment sources, the
hospital or treatment facility will bill those sources for the cost of the
If a client does
not have insurance, or if insurance does not pay for the full cost of the
client’s care, the client is liable for paying the treating facility
client cannot pay the treating facility, DHHS will pay the facility on
behalf of the client, but client is always responsible for repaying DHHS in
repayment can be negotiated with DHHS based on a client’s ability to pay.
The client or a responsible party can also request a long-term,
interest-free plan of repayment.