Layoffs at Wisconsin mental hospital

October 4, 2009

OSHKOSH State officials sent layoff notices to about 85 employees at the Winnebago County Mental Health Institute.

The institute anticipates a drop in patients admitted next year and won't need as much staff. The state budget this year put the burden of paying for mental health services on the counties.

County Executive Mark Harris expects more adolescents to be served as outpatients, making it less likely that counties will use the state mental health hospital.

Seth Boffeli, of the state Department of Health Services, expects the average daily adolescent patient census at Winnebago and Mendota Mental Health Institute to go from 66 this year to 29 in 2010. Mendota also plans to do layoffs.

Boffeli says they sent more notices than needed so employees are prepared. Initial layoffs are set for Dec. 1.


Associated Press