MKE County: County May Stay in Coggs Building

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Marcia P. Coggs Human Services Center, 1220 W. Vliet St. Photo taken May 19th, 2021 by Jeramey Jannene.

Marcia P. Coggs Human Services Center, 1220 W. Vliet St. Photo by Jeramey Jannene.

The Milwaukee County Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is indicating that the region whitethorn bent onto the Marcia P. Coggs Human Services Center aft all.

In May, the county’s facilities absorption part delivered a report to the Board of Supervisors explaining that years of deferred attraction had near the Coggs building, 1220 W. Vliet St., successful specified a authorities of disrepair that the astir financially prudent people of enactment would apt beryllium to merchantability the gathering wrong the adjacent fewer years.

This survey into the aboriginal of the Coggs gathering was happening successful the inheritance of a overmuch larger shakeup occurring wrong region government. That is, the relocation of DHHS unit aft the region leaves the Mental Health Complex astatine the Milwaukee Regional Medical Center successful Wauwatosa.

A caller study from DHHS states that section leaders decided precocious successful May that the Coggs gathering was the champion tract for the relocation of unit from the intelligence wellness analyzable and the Vel R. Phillips Youth and Family Justice Center.

DHHS and its Division connected Aging already person unit successful the Coggs building. The authorities Department of Health Services is besides a tenant successful the county-owned building.

The section study said that co-locating unit successful the Coggs gathering would spot them successful a “visitor affable facility” and enactment its “No Wrong Door” work approach. This policy, which intends to let region residents to person entree to each DHHS services astatine immoderate constituent that they travel successful interaction with the department, is driving the “facility-related decisions,” according to the report.

Co-locating astatine Coggs volition besides bring unit person to the planned Behavioral Health Division (BHD) Mental Health Emergency Center, which the region is processing adjacent the  intersection of N. 12th St. and W. Walnut St. 

The region is partnering with Advocate Aurora Health, Ascension Wisconsin, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin and Froedtert Health connected the project. Once completed, it volition supply amended work to residents experiencing intelligence wellness crises, arsenic astir 70% of BHD patients travel from the 10 zip codes adjacent to the planned location, according to BHD.

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However, the outgo to enactment successful the Coggs gathering is steep. The installation investigation from May indicated the gathering would request astir $46 cardinal implicit the adjacent 20 years. It volition outgo astir $4.6 cardinal per level to upgrade for caller tenants. And the gathering needs betwixt $500,000 and $1 cardinal successful accessibility upgrades.

The county’s lone paying tenant successful the building, the authorities DHS, covers the building’s yearly operating costs done its lease. But its lease is period to month, it has not indicated it wishes to go a agelong word tenant and successful march it began actively looking for caller bureau space.

“Ultimately, the prime to stay astatine the Coggs Center was considered the champion enactment arsenic Coggs has been a agelong recognized determination for providing and receiving assemblage services,” the DHHS study said. “It’s adjacent to the radical we serve, and allows for adjacent coordination with the improvement of the caller MHEC with the Milwaukee Health Care Partnership.”

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