Dept. of Health Services: Groundbreaking launches construction phase of Mendota Juvenile Treatment Center expansion and renovation

Dept. of Health Services: Groundbreaking launches construction phase of Mendota Juvenile Treatment Center expansion and renovation

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) today broke ground to mark the start of construction for the $65.9 million expansion and renovation of the Mendota Juvenile Treatment Center (MJTC). Located on the grounds of Mendota Mental Health Institute in Madison, MJTC provides mental health treatment to the most troubled offenders in Wisconsin’s youth justice system. Currently, the facility only serves boys. When this three-year construction project is completed, the facility’s one-of-a-kind rehabilitative programming will be available to girls for the first time.

“Whether as a result of past trauma or even just the difficulties faced these past two years, young people across our state are facing mental and behavioral health challenges—an issue, unfortunately, the pandemic has only further underscored and, in many ways, worsened,” said Gov. Evers. “Expanding the services at MJTC will help provide more of Wisconsin’s kids with the help, support, and treatment they need to get back on the right track.”

“MJTC helps our most vulnerable young people turn their lives around with an approach that balances the strong hope, health, and healing orientation of a mental health treatment center with necessary security,” said DHS Secretary-designee Karen Timberlake. “Thank you to Governor Evers, Wisconsin’s Legislature, the Joint Committee on Finance, and the State Building Commission for their support of this project. We are looking forward to the expanded opportunity to provide treatment for more boys, and the new opportunity to begin to provide treatment for girls. Youth treated at MJTC find themselves at the deepest end of the youth justice system and need the services and supports MJTC offers to successfully reintegrate into their communities.”

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