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
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.