The Wyoming State Hospital (WSH) provides quality active treatment for a variety of mental disorders. The range of services we offer has earned the hospital the highest accreditation awarded by the Commission for the Association of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). This accreditation for our inpatient programs is widely recognized throughout Wyoming and the nation.
WSH Welcomes New Hospital Administrator
Bill Rein, the new WSH administrator, has extensive experience working in the mental health field. He most recently served as superintendent of Larned State Hospital in Kansas, which operates three hospital programs (a general psychiatric hospital, a criminal forensic hospital and a sexual predator treatment program) with approximately 450 patients and 800 employees. He has also worked as an attorney and an administrative law judge, and in several positions with the Kansas Department of Health and Environment and the Kansas Department of Aging.
“With such a deep background and extensive mental health administration experience, we believe we are fortunate to have Bill join our department,” said Chris Newman, Behavioral Health Division senior administrator with WDH. “The state hospital plays a key role in serving the needs of Wyoming citizens and we look forward to Bill’s leadership of this important healthcare facility.”
Rein replaces Paul Mullenax, a longtime WSH employee who served as acting superintendent since the August retirement of the previous administrator.
Adult Psychiatric Services (Includes Medical Geriatric Psychiatric Services)
Adult Psychiatric Services (APS) provides comprehensive acute and intermediate care services for those persons requiring psychiatric intervention as defined by being a danger to self or others, or being unable to care for self due to mental illness. Multi-disciplinary assessment and individualized treatment planning occurs for each patient. Stabilization, learning how to manage one’s illness, and maintenance thereafter, is accomplished through medications, therapies, and reintroduction to the community.
Medical Geriatric Psychiatric Services strives to provide excellent psychiatric and physical care. It is intended that patients may be physically and psychiatrically safe, receiving assistance wherever needed to have the best possible quality of life every day. The MGP promotes the gaining of skills and resources necessary to live successfully, satisfied and as independently as possible. The values inherent in this include, in the most normalizing manner possible, that patients experience dignity and self determination; that a large spectrum of physical, social, and emotional opportunities be available; that patients be encouraged to work from personal strengths; that support be developed in a patient’s attempts at growth; that patients be encouraged in the development of interpersonal relations, and to become involved and/or integrated in the larger community.
Criminal Justice Treatment Services
The Criminal Justice Service (CJS) serves the courts in Wyoming by performing forensic evaluations both by admitting defendants to the Wyoming State Hospital and by outpatient forensic evaluations (i.e., examiners traveling to communities). CJS also provides a full range of assessment and treatment services to defendants in restoration to competency, to civilly committed patients who have active charges/legal obligations, and to persons adjudicated Not Guilty by Reason of Mental Illness. The service is located on Johnson Hall in the Karn Building.
New Title 25 Per Diem Rates for Designated Hospitals
The following is a letter from Chris Newman regarding the changes to the Title 25 Per Diem Rates for Designated Hospitals: