Posted on 10 November 2013 in Archives, Government, Health & Welfare, Justice & Safety, Latest
Despite the wake-up call sounded nationwide by recent mass shootings, huge gaps remain in how Wisconsin treats people with mental illnesses who run afoul of the law. State and county officials blame a shortage of psychiatrists, growing demand for services and high medication costs.
Posted on 04 June 2013 in WisWatch Blog
Last year, the Center’s Rory Linnane, Tegan Wendland and Kate Golden leafed through hundreds of pages of Wisconsin county jail inspections, examining the quality of mental health care. Their December report — Ignored and underfunded, mental health care thin at county jails — revealed:
Wisconsin’s county-run jails are overloaded with people with mental illness — but services [...]
Posted on 10 April 2013 in Latest, News about WCIJ, WisWatch Blog
The Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism and UW-Madison School of Journalism and Mass Communication played major roles in a project named a finalist in the Investigative Reporters and Editors awards, which were announced today.
Posted on 22 December 2012 in Health & Welfare, Justice & Safety, Sidebar
Since 2003, 52 Wisconsin county jail inmates have taken their own lives. Department of Corrections jail inspector Nancy Thelen said that generally, Wisconsin’s 72 county-run jails are doing “a very good job with their suicide watches.”
But a Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism review of the counties’ most recent jail inspection records found that at least one-third of them had, like Monroe County, been cited for problems with their suicide prevention efforts.
Posted on 22 December 2012 in Health & Welfare, Justice & Safety, Latest
• Wisconsin’s county-run jails are overloaded with people with mental illness — but services are largely inadequate.
• The state Department of Corrections is charged with oversight but does not evaluate the quality of jails’ mental health care.
• For nearly a quarter-century, the Legislature has required the DOC to collect and summarize annual reports on jails’ mental health care, but most jails have not provided the information, and the DOC acknowledges it has not been asking for them.
• One-third of Wisconsin’s jails have been cited for inadequate suicide prevention efforts.
Posted on 04 July 2012 in Economy, Government, Health & Welfare, Latest
Job-seeking veterans work to overcome the disadvantages posed by the stigma of disability — whether or not they are disabled.
Posted on 04 July 2012 in Economy, Government, Health & Welfare, Sidebar
Main story: Adding insult to injury (July 4, 2012)
County Veterans Service Offices: Provides information and assistance in obtaining benefits and services
Wisconsin Employment Resource Connection (WERC): Offers free, individualized assistance to unemployed or underemployed service members and spouses
Office of Veterans Employment Services: Identifies training and employment opportunities
Dryhootch: Vet-to-vet and family support, coffee houses, [...]
Posted on 05 February 2012 in Education, Health & Welfare, Sidebar
More UW students are seeking mental health care, but not all campuses have enough staff to take care of them. Key findings from a the Center’s collaborative project with a UW-Madison journalism class.