Mental Health Transition to Adulthood

In Wisconsin, children ages 14 years and above are allowed to make their own mental health decisions, including the decision to refuse care. Parents are only allowed to participate if their child approves. This can be challenging if a mental illness emerges in the late teens, as many do. Parents can be left out of all interaction if the child refuses to let them be involved.

Parents can file a Chapter 51 to subject their child to care without consent, but this requires that the child presents a threat to themselves or others. Another option is Chapter 52, which allows the child, when in a calm state to designate their parents or other designee to be a part of treatment plan.

Printable Mental Health Resource List (PDF)

Mental Health Resources

  • Catalpa Health

    Collaboration between Ascension Wisconsin, Children’s Wisconsin and ThedaCare to provide mental health care access to children and teens in the Fox Cities area. Catalpa Clinics are located in Appleton, Oshkosh, and Waupaca. Catalpa has a …

  • Craig Yabuki Mental Health Walk-in Clinic

    The Craig Yabuki Mental Health Walk-in Clinic provides same-day care for children and teens (ages 5-18) experiencing urgent mental health issues. The clinic is designed to offer an alternative to traditional urgent care and emergency …

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