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Wisconsin Mental Health Laws

June 25-26, 2024 
8:30 - 11:30am CST each day

July 23-24, 2024
8:30 - 11:30am CST each day

Virtual, via Zoom (instructions to access the course will be emailed 1 week prior to the session)
Fee: $35 (Members); $70 (Partial Members); $99 (Nonmembers)
Trainer(s): Liz Bartz
Continuing Education Hours: 6.0

Course Description

This six-hour course uses discussion and small group exercises along with lecture to help participants understand the laws and standards related to crisis work as identified in DHS 34. Mental Health Laws (Chapter 51) will be presented and the crisis worker will be prepared for the fact that not all of their cases are going to fit neatly into the Chapter 51 framework. Participants will be exposed to the other laws that may be involved in crisis response, such as Chapters 48, 938, 54, 55. Scenarios will be used to illustrate how to navigate between systems.
Learning Objectives:

  • Develop a basic understanding of Wisconsin Mental Health Law (Chapter 51)
  • Develop a basic understanding of related statutes (Chapters 48, 938, 54, 55)
  • Understand the criteria and process for doing an emergency detention (51.15)
  • Understand the criteria and process for doing a protective placement for alcohol (51.45)
  • Become familiar with client rights and confidentiality
  • Explore the balance between the need to protect client rights and community safety
  • Explore the issues related to dealing with populations that don’t fit neatly into a single statutory category
  • Practice decision‐making based upon case examples of various populations in crisis

About Your Trainer

Liz Bartz, MS

Liz Bartz, MS

Elizabeth (Liz) Bartz, MS (she/her/hers) holds a Master of Science degree in Community Mental Health Counseling, with an emphasis on children with emotional and behavioral disturbances and their families, as well as a substance use disorders specialty to compliment the counseling major. Liz has a diverse array of experience serving folks as a human service professional in various roles and through teaching in higher education.

Her professional experience began at a domestic abuse and sexual assault support center; moving on to working with youth in a residential treatment facility; and to county-based case management for children receiving services through the autism waiver program and the state children’s waiver for a county community programs department.  Liz then transitioned to a role within community  mental health services, providing crisis intervention services (on call crisis, mobile crisis, court monitoring court ordered civil commitments), completing initial assessments, functional screens and referrals to mental health and substance use treatment, case management and waiver programs, certifying and renewing adult family homes, and serving on the safety committee, organizing and providing training opportunities within the agency and the community.

While continuing to work within the county system, Liz also began teaching general studies psychology courses part-time at local community colleges. In the fall of 2017, Liz began working with UW-Green Bay’s Behavioral Health Training Partnership, primarily training the three Crisis Core trainings and facilitating special skills and topics trainings.

Liz is passionate about serving you by sharing knowledge and her professional experience; while learning from each of you and facilitating a human services professional network of peers.