What could possibly go wrong with this?!?!?!?

In early 2021, for the first time in more than 100 years, Milwaukee County will no longer operate a hospital to provide care to people with severe mental illness.

The Milwaukee County Behavioral Health Division’s board on Wednesday voted to contract with a for-profit company to provide inpatient care in a new hospital that would open in 2021.

As noted in Guy Boulton’s report in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Universal Health Services faces fraud investigations by the U.S. Department of Justice and state attorneys general at more than 30 of its behavioral health hospitals. The investigations include criminal investigations at four of its hospitals as well as of Universal Health Services as a corporate entity.

According to the Journal Sentinel report Mike Lappen, Chris Abele’s hand-picked administrator of the Behavioral Health Division, believes Milwaukee County can learn from Universal Health Services’ “proven model,” saying, “We believe we can learn from them.”

This has all the makings of a disaster, and County Executive Abele’s fingerprints will be all over it.

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