3732 W. Wisconsin Avenue,
Milwaukee, WI 53208
Phone: (414) 239-7820 Fax: (414) 239-7859
8:30am – 4:30pm Monday - Friday
The WCS Forensic Services has four programs in southeastern Wisconsin:
• Conditional Release
• Opening Avenues to Re-entry Success (OARS)
• Outpatient Competency Restoration Program
• Court Liaison and Tracking Services
Conditional Release Program
The Conditional Release program has dedicated case managers that provide community placement and monitoring along with supportive case management for persons adjudicated under W.S.971.12. This means that the individuals receiving this service have been found “not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect.” Individuals in this program are required to work with the treatment team to develop a service plan that they will follow. It is the expectation that while receiving these services, individuals will pay for services based on the individual’s ability to do so. These individuals are responsible for engaging in meaningful daily activities, maintaining housing to the best of their ability, and participate in treatment that is appropriate. The WCS Conditional Release program provides services in Jefferson, Kenosha, Milwaukee, Racine, Walworth and Waukesha Counties.
Opening Avenues to Re-entry Success (OARS) Program
The OARS program provides intensive wrap-around case management services to high risk/high need individuals with mental illness who are releasing from the Wisconsin State Prison System. The program focuses on mentally ill individuals who are at a medium-to-high risk of reoffending with the aim of improving public safety by reducing recidivism and reconviction rates. The program is modeled after Wisconsin’s Conditional Release Program which addresses the treatment and supervision of the justice-involved mentally ill. However, what sets this program apart is the focus on mental health treatment in conjunction with criminogenic factors, and the goal of successfully teaching released individuals to become self-sustainable participants in their community. Services provided in Jefferson, Kenosha, Milwaukee, Racine, Walworth and Waukesha Counties.
The Wisconsin OARS Program was featured in the National Criminal Justice Association (NCJA) Bulletin. CLICK HERE to read about the program's sucess!
Outpatient Competency Restoration Program (OCRP)
In the Outpatient Competency Restoration Program, staff provide case management services to high risk/high need individuals found not competent, but likely to regain competency to stand trial, who do not require the structure and security of an inpatient setting. The tasks of the case manager intended to support competency restoration include:
• Psychotropic medication monitoring
• Symptom monitoring
• Coordination of treatment
• Home visits
• Coordination and assistance with professional appointments
• Crisis intervention
• Transportation assistance
Services provided in Jefferson, Kenosha, Milwaukee, Racine, Walworth, Washington and Waukesha Counties.
Court Liaison and Tracking Services
Court Liaison services were initially developed in 2004 to provide monitoring, tracking, consultation and training services to the circuit court system throughout the state to standardize court processes and track forensic court cases. Court liaisons remind and encourage courts to meet statutory deadlines and expedite court cases when appropriate. These efforts help to decrease the waiting period an individual may have before being admitted for treatment at one of the state mental health institutions (MHIs). They also significantly improve court processes and reduce unnecessary state and county costs. Court liaison services are required for approximately 2400 cases annually. Since its inception in 2004, the court liaison services have expanded to include serving as a statewide educational resource for County Circuit Courts. Other duties now being performed include: tracking, consulting/training, reporting, and monitoring court activity pertaining to Wisconsin State Statutes 971.17 and 980.
WCS is the State Department of Health Services (DHS) contracted service provider for the statewide Court Liaison and Tracking Services. This program provides case consultation and education to the court, maintains tracking and collects data for DHS on all the different phases of proceedings under WSS 971 and works collaboratively with the various stakeholders that are involved with these types of cases to address system issues as needed.