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Civil psychiatric patients at Mendota removed to make room for criminals

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Civil psychiatric patients have been discharged from Mendota Mental Health Institute in Madison to free space for additional criminal patients.

With news of the discharges, some law enforcement officials aren't happy.  The Wisconsin Department of Health Services says adult male patients from the facility's secure civil unit are receiving treatment into the community.  The state is consolidating civil patients at Winnebago Mental Health Institute in Oshkosh.  Criminal patients will then go to Mendota. 

Geriatric civil patients remain at Mendota.

What does this mean for Madison police?  According to interim Police Chief Randy Gaber, it means a three-hour roundtrip to Oshkosh for his officers to transport a person in need of emergency civil commitment.  That alone puts a strain on the department and has an even greater impact on smaller police departments.

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