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The Admissions Department

The Intake Department at Wyoming Behavioral Institute provides a no cost, confidential mental health assessment 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. All mental health admissions are based on clinical necessity. We cannot offer diagnosis, counseling, or recommendations online, but an Admissions Coordinator is available at 800-457-9312. If you are currently experiencing an emergency please dial 911 or go to the nearest emergency room.

When you enter the admission area at Wyoming Behavioral Institute, you will be greeted by a hospital staff member. Visitors have a separate waiting area in our facility. An admissions coordinator, nurse or therapist will meet with you and explain the admission process. Please be prepared to spend 30 to 60 minutes completing initial paperwork. Staff will discuss which items are allowed on the unit. Patients will be seen by their psychiatrist within 24 hours of admission.

Please be prepared to bring:

  • Form of ID
  • Insurance card
  • Emergency contact information
  • List of current prescription medications
  • Medical Power of Attorney or Guardianship Paperwork

To learn more about what you need to bring to the admissions process, refer to our Frequently Asked Questions page.

Joe Izzarelli Joseph A. Izzarelli, MSW, Director
Joe has been with the Admissions Department since 2001 and is focused on making Wyoming Behavioral Institute a pleasant experience for all who call for help.

William Tophia William Tophia, RN, Intake Supervisor
Willy has been with the WBI Admissions Department since 1998. He also has worked at Wyoming Behavioral Institute as a nurse and a case manager. He completed his R.N. degree at Casper College in 2011. Willy's previous experience includes 10 years' employment with the Wyoming State Training School in Lander.

Margaret Swink, L.P.C., Admissions Coordinator Margaret Swink, LPC, Admissions Coordinator
Margaret was an adolescent therapist before moving to the Admissions Department in 2003.

Marybeth Maston Marybeth Maston, RN, Admissions Coordinator
Marybeth obtained her nursing degree from Casper College in 2005. Her past experience includes geriatric nursing and working on all WBI units before moving to the Admissions Department in 2008.

Lindsay Walker, R.N., Admissions Coordinator Lindsay Walker, RN, Admissions Coordinator
Lindsay obtained her nursing degree from the University of Nebraska and worked at Regional Medical Center West in Scottsbluff in the neo-natal intensive care unit before joining the Wyoming Behavioral Institute children's unit. Lindsay moved to the WBI Admissions Department in 2011.

Lucy Looper, RN, Admissions Coordinator Lucy Looper, RN, Admissions Coordinator
Lucy obtained her nursing degrees from Northern Wyoming Community College after raising her family. While completing her LPN studies she worked in a locked geriatric unit. She then worked in long-term care while completing her associate's degree in nursing. Her past experience also include training a therapy dog and volunteering in long-term care settings and volunteering at an alternative school. She began her career at WBI in 2014 in acute psychiatric services before moving to the Intake Department.

Wenda Scholl, MS, LPC, Admissions Coordinator Wenda Scholl, MS, LPC, Admissions Coordinator
Wenda Scholl grew up in Pennsylvania and lived there until the early 1980s when she began a 13-year career in the Army. In 2002, she was recruited to Casper to work at Wyoming Behavioral Institute. She has a bachelor's degree in criminal justice and master's degrees in counseling psychology and addictions counseling. Wenda has worked in inpatient in outpatient settings with individuals and families.

Leslie Plett, RN, Admissions Coordinator Leslie Plett, RN, Admissions Coordinator
Leslie was employed as a certified nursing assistant for more than 20 years and also worked as a dental chairside assistant and department manager before obtaining her nursing degree at Casper College. Leslie's nursing experience includes working in long-term care and hospice settings. She joined the WBI team in 2012 and cross trained on all units before starting with the Admissions Department in 2016.

Sue Feather Sue Feather, BSN, MSN, Admissions Coordinator
Sue graduated with her associate's degree in Nursing in 1985 from Casper College, received her bachelor's in Nursing in 1997, and went on to complete her master's degree in Nursing in 2005.She is certified in pediatric nursing and continues to teach Basic Life Support, Advanced Cardiac Life Support and Pediatric Advanced Life Support courses. Sue joined WBI's team in 2014 and enjoys working with patients of all ages.

Shellie Hipsack Shellie Hipsack, RN, BSN, Admissions Coordinator
In 2001, Shellie graduated with her first degree in nursing from Casper College and has since continued her academic endeavors, completing a bachelor's in nursing. Shellie is enrolled in the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program at the University of Wyoming with the intent to graduate and become a Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (FPMHNP) in 2018. Shellie believes mental health is the basis for physical well-being and disease states. In her practice, she stresses the importance of physical wellness when treating mental illness.

James Britton James Britton, RN, Admissions Coordinator
James grew up in California and joined the military immediately after high school. He spent four years in the Navy and six years in the Army. He was an infantry medic and earned his LPN License while in the service. He completed one tour of duty in Iraq and has eight years' experience as an LPN in various positions. He recently graduated from Casper College as an RN. He aspires to help veterans with access to mental health services.

Tiffany Street Tiffany L. Street, RN, Admissions Coordinator
Tiffany worked as an adolescent, child and Pathways nurse before moving to the Admissions Department in 2009.

Molly Keller, R.N., Admissions Coordinator Molly Keller, RN, Admissions Coordinator
Molly is a proud Casper native and a third generation nurse devoted to her medical career and to her family. Molly graduated from the Casper College nursing program in May 2012. She has worked at Wyoming Medical Center for more than a decade, joining WBI's team in 2013 in her ongoing effort to help people and make a positive impact on their lives.

Sabrina Cawiezell, RN, BSN, Admissions Coordinator Sabrina Cawiezell, RN, BSN, Admissions Coordinator
Sabrina obtained her bachelor's of science degree in psychology in 2003 and her bachelor's of science degree in nursing from Montana State University in 2007. She has worked as an emergency nurse for five years. Sabrina joined WBI's admissions team part time in 2014.

Maggie Edmiston, BSN, Admissions Coordinator Maggie Edmiston, BSN, Admissions Coordinator
Maggie obtained her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at the University of Wyoming in 2014. Maggie began her nursing career working full time as a registered nurse on the adult unit at WBI. After working for over two years on the adult unit, she has joined the admissions team on a part time basis. She is currently enrolled in a Doctor of Nursing Practice program at University of Wyoming to become a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner to fulfill her goal of becoming a provider for individuals with mental health needs.


Some problems may have been building for years; we can assess them in hours. Our intake team provides a comprehensive assessment at no charge. The goal of this assessment is to provide the patient and /or referring parties with comprehensive conclusions and recommendations for treatment. A member of our intake team is easy to access and available 24 hours per day, seven days a week. Simply call for an appointment, walk in, or obtain a referral from a health care professional. Each individualized assessment is designed to explore particular issues, including:

  • Alcohol and other Drug Dependency
  • Psychiatric Disorders such as Depression
  • Anxiety or Schizophrenia
  • Sexual, Physical or Emotional Abuse
  • Behavioral Disruption of an Explosive or Assaultive Nature
  • Family Problems

Following the assessment process, a referral will be made to the appropriate level of care based on each patients' individualized clinical needs. These may include inpatient hospitalization, day treatment programs, or referral to an outpatient therapist or physician. If you desire further information or would like to arrange for a free, confidential assessment with an assessment coordinator, call (307) 237-7444 or 800-457-9312.

Admissions to the Wyoming Behavioral Institute shall be made without regard to race, color, religious creed, disability, ancestry, national origin, age, or sex.

Types of Treatment

A multidisciplinary team of mental health professionals led by a psychiatrist administers treatment.

Team members may include:

  • Nurses
  • Licensed Social Workers
  • Licensed Professional Counselors Program Specialists
  • Substance Abuse Counselors
  • Psychologists
  • Mental Health Technicians

The treatment process begins with a comprehensive evaluation to help diagnose any underlying medical or biochemical origins of disease. An individual plan of care is written for each patient's special needs.

Therapeutic components may include:

  • Individual Therapy
  • Group Therapy
  • Family Therapy
  • 12 Step Support Groups
  • Discharge Planning
  • Expressive Therapy
  • Medication Education/Management
  • Psycho-Educational Groups

The treatment plan focuses on attainable short and long term goals established with the input of the patient's family and referring professional, if appropriate. Active family involvement in treatment is a critical component as the patient's recovery is often correlated to healthy family interaction.



  • Laundry facilities are available for patients' use. WBI provides laundry soap. Patients with detergent allergies may wish to bring their own laundry soap.
  • Up to 5 complete changes of clothing, including socks and underwear (underwire bras are permitted only on the adult unit)
  • Shirts must cover midriff
  • Pajamas or shorts and t-shirts to wear at bedtime
  • Slip-on shoes for recreation time
  • Winter coats, hats and gloves, and sweatshirt or light jacket without string ties.


  • Clothing with obscenities, drug, alcohol, gambling, tobacco or casino themes
  • Pants with excessively frayed hems or chains or metal studs, straps or clips
  • Drawstrings or strings in pants, shirts, or jackets
  • Belts
  • Shoelaces
  • Short-shorts


  • Hair Brushes
  • Combs
  • Toothbrushes
  • Toothpaste
  • Shampoo, Conditioner
  • Contact solutions in plastic containers
  • Non-alcohol mouthwash

The following are checked out from the nurses desk or used with staff supervision:

  • Rechargeable razors (cords are not allowed)


  • Bibles or other religious books
  • Books (Must be appropriate content and approved by therapist)

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