Accredited by The Joint Commission, Winnebago Mental Health Institute (WMHI) has been the safety net in Wisconsin's continuum of care for behavioral health services since 1873. Staff provide recovery-oriented treatment to Wisconsin residents of all ages living with challenging behaviors and complex psychiatric conditions. All patients are referred by county health and human service agencies and the court system.
WMHI serves children and adults court-ordered into inpatient psychiatric assessment treatment through county-based emergency detention and commitment proceedings. These individuals are referred to as civil patients. WMHI also serves individuals court-ordered for mental health competency evaluations, treatment to competency services, and found not guilty of criminal activity by reason of mental illness. These individuals are referred to as forensic patients. The majority of forensic patients served at WMHI are women.