Safer City MKE - Bracelet Giveaway
“SAFER City MKE—Bracelet Giveaway” is a Youth Movement pilot program in partnership with the City of Milwaukee Mayor’s Office, the Milwaukee Police Department, United Neighborhood Centers of Milwaukee (UNCOM) and many others.
CRISIS/MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES
INFORMATION ON HOW PEOPLE ENTER MENTAL HEALTH HOSPTIALS:
Under Wisconsin law (Chapter 51), a person may enter a psychiatric hospital in several ways. Most people agree to it voluntarily after seeing a psychiatrist at the hospital. Persons with health insurance or Title 19 may be able to get services at certain hospitals in the Milwaukee area which have psychiatric departments. You may call the hospital or your health insurer to learn if the situation will be covered. Persons without insurance coverage can be seen at the Milwaukee County Behavioral Health Division, Psychiatric Crisis Services (PCS) at 9455 WWatertown Plank Road. The 24-hour telephone number at PCS is 257-7260. While it is better to have a person agree to go to the hospital, there are certain times when the police should be called, such as if the person appears to be mentally ill, dangerous, and refuses to go to the hospital.
WHEN POLICE ARRIVE
The police officer will determine if the person meets the emergency detention requirements under Wisconsin Law. Your description of the persons threats or actions are important. The officer may act based upon observations by you or others. Give police your name, address and phone number for future contact. You may be needed as a witness. If witnesses do not appear, the case will be dismissed. If you are difficult to reach, call the Milwaukee County Corporation Counsel office as soon as possible at 414-278-5117.
WHAT HAPPENS TO THE PERSON:
Police or ambulance takes the person to Milwaukee County Psychiatric Crisis Services (PCS). If there is a medical
problem the person may be taken to a medical hospital first. Doctors decide if a person should be admitted to the hospital or released immediately.
WHAT YOU CAN DO:
If you have more information about the person, call PCS at 414-257-7260. PCS staff may listen to you information but may not be able to release information to you.
At the Hosptial
If the person is admitted to the hospital involuntarily, there will be a court hearing within 72 hours (weekends and holidays excluded). A lawyer will represent the person. A Milwaukee County Corporation Counsel attorney (414-278-5117) will handle the hearing and seek treatment for that person. The Court will decide if the person must stay at the hospital. If the person agrees to accept treatment, there will be no need for court hearings.
There may be additional court hearing which may result in the person’s mental health commitment. Being under a commitment, does not necessarily mean the person would be hospitalized for the entire commitment period, but treatment is provided in the least restrictive environment that meets that person’s safety needs.
Milwaukee Police Department Crisis Intervention Team (request CIT Officer) 911 emergency 414-933-4444 non-emergency