Senate bill would create space to help mental health in Chippewa Valley

Senate bill would create space to help mental health in Chippewa Valley

EAU CLAIRE, Wisconsin (WEAU) – People who need help with mental health issues don’t always want or know how to ask for it. If you’re in the Chippewa Valley, getting the treatment you need can come with a long wait or drive across the state. However, a bill has been tabled that could bring these services closer to home.

Emergency detention occurs when a person is considered a danger to themselves or to others and does not want to seek treatment.

“We can ensure the safety of the individual to do the psychiatric assessments and make sure their needs are met,” said Toni Simonson, general manager of behavioral health at Hôpital Saint-Joseph et du Sacré-Cœur, HSHS. .

Simonson says people who need these inpatient services are often sent across the state to Oshkosh. That’s because there are less than 30 beds available for inpatient treatment, and those places are …

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