Winnebago Mental Health Institute pla...

Winnebago Mental Health Institute plagued by neglect

There are 60 comments on the Appleton Post-Crescent story from Sep 3, 2007, titled Winnebago Mental Health Institute plagued by neglect. In it, Appleton Post-Crescent reports that:

“Patient and public safety is always paramount here”

Facility near Oshkosh had three patients die in two years The Associated Press Three patients died and another was raped among nearly three dozens acts of violence or sexual aggression at the state-run ... via Appleton Post-Crescent

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Fond Du Lac, WI

#41 Nov 13, 2012
I am a current RCT at Winnebago and although I feel like some of you are boosting up the stories a bit, I can in a way feel for you. I see people working horifying hours for nothing, being forced over time, never seeing their family, etc.....But they come back every day to the same crap. So and so swallowed this, such and such punched staff in the face, look out for whoever because shes on the war path today. It never ends. As far as Youth services goes, yes kids that are on program are expected to get up and go to school and groups. Oh well. at least 75% of our patients are forensic so they were sent by the courts. If you end up on Sherman Hall it is because someone thought you need help. Suicide attmpts, self harming, nervous brakdown, your meds are no longer effective, you went off your meds, etc. We employees have to deal with all of this with our heads held high because if we dont, we are a target. If you dont like the way the unit is set up with patient ratios or the different reasons they are there, blame the state. Not us. They are the ones that close down units so we are overpopulated with people on the wrong type of unit. So call the governor and tell him what a shitty job hes doing so that we can get some consistency into Winnebago.

Denmark, WI

#42 Dec 18, 2012
My Husband just got put in Gemini, Any feed back will help

Oshkosh, WI

#43 May 7, 2013
I worked out there for 18 yrs and work. I don't think so, so many of the RCTs are just thay. Lazy. Complain about everything. Go out into the real world and work as a cna! Even in group homes there are mentally challenged or a reg pysch hospital floor. They get paid way less and do more than you do. Back in the day we worked with less staff and did just fine. Get off your butt and work. I would never want to send anyone there.
who="ExWorker"]There are some very good, compassionate people that work in that facility. There also are a few bad seeds. At any rate, the plac is horribly run, excessive hours leading to burnout, and no, contrary to what previous posters have stated, workers are not paid huge wages.$12 an hour to start and get you life threatned on a daily basis, assaulted and treated like crap from the mgt too... The place needs an enema. I do feel sorry for some patients who have to live in that cess pool
Jasmine Herrington

Janesville, WI

#44 Jul 16, 2013
I actually stayed at Winnepago Mental Health Institution this past April-March for a suicide attempt, and because I suffered from self harm. We were not probably supervised, and fights broke out constantly. In our rooms, we were allowed things that could harm us, I myself was allowed a pen. A PEN! In my room, do you have any idea that I could've stabbed myself with that? We were given bedsheets, that if tied together, were able to hang ourselves from the bars on our windows. I was put in solitary confinement, because a girl in there was bullying me. I told one of the nurses about it, and all she did was seperate us, and I was put in solitary confinement. Mind you I was 17 at the time of me being in there, I NEVER want to go there again. The staff was rude, and wouldn't understand your problems. The group therapy was a JOKE, we played monopoly almost every single time, and not no differitiated version of monopoly revolving around mental issues. No, regular old monopoly. This place would leave us unsupervised in the day rooms, while the people went to go to lunch. There was always only one or two nurses on hand, for the some 16-18 girls in my side of the building. The social workers were very great though, the social worker I had named Laura, was amazing, and some of the psychiatrists were amazing as well. But this place needs serious changes, patients who are suicidal, or are known to have violent behavior SHOULD NOT have anything that could harm someone. Mind you, I was a patient there this March-April of 2013.

Wisconsin Rapids, WI

#46 Dec 18, 2013
I may have been in around then what unit? The abuse is real esp. In the admission hall.
mrn wrote:
I would sure like to know more about this Winnebago Mental Hospital. My niece was the one who died there, and believe me, the facts are all messed up!! She did NOT go there after a drug overdose....she HATED drugs...wouldnt take anything! She had post partum psycosis after having her second baby. She had an episode at her home and the police came and took her there. Days later she was found dead in the bath tub...suicide??? You have GOT to be kidding... as it looks to me, something else happened there. Who commits suicide by drowing in a bath tub?? Get real and get the facts and stop keeping the truth from everyone. I pray that the truth comes out and those responsible will be found out.
Joe Mama

Paso Robles, CA

#47 Jan 15, 2014
expatient wrote:
f**k all of you who support that place, i was there for 128 days in sherman hall and its sick
so was I and that place was hell.

Daphne, AL

#48 Jan 19, 2014
set back wrote:
i agree 100% with you!!!i do know a few people that work there,and they bust there butts to keep that place going!
<quoted text>
I too spent time in that HORRID place I was 16 I am 33 now and had to go where they sent me, oh and isn't that the time they were giving teenagers antidepressants when back then they didn't know you weren't supposed to because of bad reactions so to the one who made the comment about not getting sent there and getting a job you are a RETARD... I was beaten put in choke holds and arm bars, wrist locks and all because a pharmecutical comapany wanted to get rich...

Marshfield, WI

#49 Feb 22, 2014
i found winnebago to be very helpful i was on sherman hall unit 3-4 i am fifteen years old i found doctor marshall bales really caring they actually did something about my medication(i have schizophrenia) unlike st elizabeths and the social worker was really helpful the group therapists were really calm and supportive yeah it sucked but they did help me

Oconomowoc, WI

#50 Nov 19, 2014
expatient wrote:
f**k all of you who support that place, i was there for 128 days in sherman hall and its sick
I was in Peterson hall I think that's what they called it and I seen some crazy shit
HauntedBySherman Hall3

Arlington Heights, IL

#51 Jan 6, 2015
ExPatient wrote:
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I too was on Sherman Hall 3 for 6 months and I seen head banging as bad as you did and the staff never made an effort to stop her. I got into trouble for actually sitting there and talking to her trying to stop her from harming herself. They told me that it was none of my business and that I needed to leave her be. I fought with them because ethically I felt that it was wrong and that they were basically just allowing her to cause herself brain damage by banging her head off of a concrete wall. it was horrid.
I think I was there for that... I think I may know you. What year were you there?
HauntedBySherman Hall3

Arlington Heights, IL

#52 Jan 6, 2015
ExPatient wrote:
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I disagree with you. Not everyone that is placed in that place is there because they are mentally ill, they do have a unit designed specifically for those with drug and alcohol problems. One is able to obtain work there as long as they haven't been a patient for X number of years.
I know I was part of a program in Gemini
a ex ressy

Madison, WI

#53 Feb 23, 2015
This place sucks. In was there in 2007 on Sherman hall 8..I spent 9 months there. Kids ain't supervised. Shit we were sneaking out of our rooms.. Meeting people in the bathroom.. Smoking.. Place is a joke.
a ex ressy

Madison, WI

#54 Feb 23, 2015
Also the day room restriction was a joke. I remember a young man going into the rec room and trashed it with a pool ball and a pool cue. He locked himself in and did a lot of damage. I got mad on the phone and they pit me in the jerry chair and gave me hella doses of haldol... Wtf. I hope its changed since 1997... Really do. Met some awesome people tho.
#55 Apr 19, 2016
set back wrote:
and as for you,you should have never ended up there.Then you wouldnt be on here complaining!if that place is so bad,than why dont you get a job there and make a difference!!!!<quoted text>
Sherman Hall is for people under the age of "don't get sent there" really isn't solid advice, being that this person probably had no choice in the matter. I am a fully competent person who was forcibly sent there by my parents when I was anorexic because their state insurance wouldn't cover a real eating disorder clinic. I count myself lucky that I was not abused, and it is a scary place. That being said, I do agree better staffing and less government pocket lining would be helpful, in this arena as well as others. Moral of the story, just think before you judge someone else without knowing their experience and without having a point of reference with which to relate.

Duluth, MN

#58 May 12, 2017
If anybody is interested in my story, at age 16 I was put into a Synanon based drug program at the hospital. The abuses have traumatized a generation of teenagers.

United States

#60 Sep 5, 2017
Joe Mama wrote:
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so was I and that place was hell.
yes .. yes it was ... but it isnt supposed to be fun.. it is the last straw for those who arent complying and are a threat. I was there too.. and they got it right for me .. I was o ly there 7 days cause i wanted to change. I didnt want to live like this anymore... Initially they wanted my on lithum.. i self advocated and the doc listened.

Its not a walk in the park... but it helped me. I have reoccurring nightmares of being back there they dont let me leave.. but other than that.. i walked in there one way .. and walked out 100% desensitized

United States

#61 Sep 8, 2017
I am not familiar with the facility- however
I do know that my mother who lives in walworth county- was detained due to her doctor prescribing her to
Much seizure medication. They have with held food, she has been there for 12
Days now. And nothing? She is scared to death the doctor is compeltu incompentn and I fear for her safety. These people trer the patients like there in prison.
Anyone who has any info or knows an attorney I can contact please please
Let me know I beg you

South Elgin, IL

#64 Sep 8, 2017
Tia wrote:
all of you complaining come on. I worked there for 3 years as a LTE. The people who were there for help were there for a reason. Just plain and simple. Think of all the workers there who put their life on the line with all of these mentally sick patients. Maybe there was no other course they had to take and hit rock bottom I can asure you that they come out alot better person then when they were placed there.(Guaranteed)
First of all, I guess you obv work there. Probably a nurse maybe a cna it sounds but YOU obv need to switch career because you know nothing!! You don't victimize mentally patients you fidnoit the root cause of why they want to die or why they taking drugs ESP the understate ioj don't abuse or violate them. There not any different than you! As of now, maybe. But you are not god, don't oretend you know all thee patients stories and don't talk about your patients as if they are criminals! Who did died made you god? And let ask what happened to you? As a child. Maybe Trauma? Or who has owner over you? Let me ask if we're your own blood, your family memger.. would you feel the same??

United States

#65 Dec 28, 2017
I'm sharing my thoughts, I was there 3 times. 1 at the adolecant unit, and 2 times in adult. I didn't eat because of Anorexia, and they stopped asking me for meals. When I finally wanted food they denied me. I was restrained after being smashed into a wall cutting open my lip because I was pacing. I was then restrained another time after them pushing me on the floor and getting rug burn on over half of my face. That reason was because I was being called a faker for my psychosis, and told a nurse not to call me that. Staff do try their, yet the staff I was telling them I needed help, told me to sit down and shut the f*** up.. There are plenty of really good MH places and Whinnabego isn't the best. There are worst places believe it or not, I've been to those. Yet there restraints are over used, and dangerous. They truly are. If anyone is up there I would have your social worker or therapist keep up to date with your treatment.

Reedsburg, WI

#66 Jan 14, 2018
expatient wrote:
f**k all of you who support that place, i was there for 128 days in sherman hall and its sick
I was in sherman hall too then transferred to Gemini

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