Hospital Seeking Ways to Deal with Title 25

Hospital CEO Mike McCafferty during Title 25 meeting. (Photo by Pat Blair)

Sheridan Memorial Hospital trustees, administrators and staff met with county officials and state legislators for nearly two hours Tuesday to talk about Title 25.

That's a state law that provides for emergency detention or involuntary hospitalization of a person who, because of a mental illness, is believed to be a danger to himself or others.

Hospital CEO Mike McCafferty said Memorial deals with about 20 patients a year who are brought to the hospital under the state law. But he and hospital said these patients are a challenge because they require a level of care that the hospital isn't equipped to provide. The good news, McCafferty said, is that the hospital is working on a plan.

Among those at the meeting was County Attorney Matt Redle, who proposed crisis stabilization as one possible solution to the problem.

WBI is the Wyoming Behavioral Institute, an 85-bed acute care psychiatric hospital in Casper. McCafferty said dealing with Title 25 patients is a state-wide issue, but the bottom line for Memorial Hospital is that these patients need a higher level of care, and Memorial is inappropriate.

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Med/Surg Nurse Director Lacey Johnson was another of Tuesday's speakers. (Photo by Pat Blair)
Another view of McCafferty at start of Tuesday's meeting. (Photo by Pat Blair)