La Crosse County Human Services Department
La Crosse County Human Services Department





Sections on This Page:
Adult Mental Health Services
Justice System (Youth and Adult)


Treatment Courts

Treatment Courts are specialized community courts designed to help stop the abuse of drugs, alcohol and related criminal activity. There are currently three treatment courts in La Crosse County: OWI Treatment Court, Drug Treatment Court, and Veterans Court. See below for additional information.
  1. OWI Treatment Court
    View policies and procedures for the OWI Treatment Court
    View program evaluation for the OWI Treatment Court

  2. Drug Treatment Court
    View policies and procedures for the Drug Treatment Court
    View program evaluation for the Drug Treatment Court

  3. La Crosse Area Veterans Court
    The La Crosse Area Veterans Court (LAVC) Program was established in 2010 to address the needs of veterans, especially combat veterans, in the court system. Veterans often have undiagnosed significant behavioral health problems related to their service. Veterans are often unable to effectively address these problems, resulting in them self-medicating with alcohol or drugs to alleviate their symptoms. Due to the stigma Veterans develop while in the military concerning their seeking help for behavioral health problems, they rarely admit, much less will even consider, that they have a behavioral health issue. Further, Veterans are often either reluctant or they refuse to seek assistance from behavioral health professionals available to them through the Veterans Administration. Many Veterans, therefore, have concluded their criminal cases without having addressed, in any way, the behavioral health issues they developed as a result of their military service and which may have been the basis for their offenses. These Veterans then pose a high risk to reoffend. Veterans who do reoffend often receive prison sentences as a result. The LAVC has a network of Veteran Mentors working in the La Crosse Area Veterans Mentor Program (LAVMP) who seek out and assist Veterans in need of help in identifying, addressing, and maintaining their behavioral health so that they may avoid reoffending in the future.

    Referral to LAVC: Veterans in the court system wishing to utilize the services of a trained Veterans Mentor, or who are interested in applying to the LAVC for the support a treatment court can provide after resolution of their charges, should review the referral process and the LAVC-LAVMP Policy & Procedures Manual available through this website. Additional information is also available at LAVMP. It is a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation tasked with fundraising, recruitment of Veterans to become trained mentors, training of Veteran Mentors, and assigning trained Veteran Mentors to work with Veterans in the legal system.

    Veterans with a non-punitive discharge from military service who wish to assist Veterans suffering from behavioral health problems related to their military service by becoming a trained Veteran Mentor should contact the Executive Director of the LAVMP. Volunteer Veteran Mentors are needed in all areas serviced by LAVC and LAVMP.

    LAVC and LAVMP currently provide assistance to Veterans in La Crosse, Trempealeau, Jackson, Monroe, and Vernon Counties in Wisconsin, and in Houston and Winona Counties in Minnesota. Veterans outside these counties seeking the assistance of LAVC and/or LAVMP will be considered on a case-by-case basis.


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Juvenile Detention Facility


Western Regional Adolescent Services
We serve children lawfully detained in Wisconsin that are at least 10 years old but less than 18 years old.

Our facilities are located at:        Health and Human Services Building
                                                300 4th Street North, 4th Floor
                                                La Crosse, WI  54601



Secure Unit
Shelter Unit


Virtual Tour


Maps & Directions


Instructions on paperwork needed to detain children in Secure and Shelter Units 

Forms:  CORE Academy Unit (Community Option for Re-Engagement)
CORE Academy is a court ordered program for 10-17 year olds used as a placement option.  Youth can only be referred to the program through a court order at the recommendation of the County Social Worker and acceptance by the C.O.R.E. screening committee. The length of stay depends on how cooperative and committed the youth is to making changes in their life. The maximum stay allowed can be up to 365 days per wi stat. 938.34(3)(f) http://docs.legis.wi.gov/statutes/statutes/938/VI/34/3/f. The program is divided into 4 phases (orientation, skill building, community transition, and release planning).

CORE Academy is a family based, therapeutic treatment program that includes individual and family counseling. Parental involvement is a key component to the program and parents are expected to participate. Groups address drug and alcohol issues, criminal thinking, victim impact, independent living skills, and numerous other subjects. Youth receive full time education through the La Crosse School District.

For additional information on the CORE Academy, click on the links below:

  • CORE Academy Handbook for program description, benefits, rules on visitation and personal items, education/program phases, expectations, and referral form/signature page for youth, parent, and social worker.
  • CORE Academy Programming for a list of the programming included in the Academy.


Secure Unit

 

(608) 785-6407 

Names and Phone Numbers to Remember:
Facility Superintendent
David Steinberg
Phone: (608) 785-5542 
FAX: (608) 789-7820

Facility Supervisors
Jill Dunne
Matt Kuehl

Jail Inspector
Brad Hoover
770 Technology Way
2nd Floor
Chippewa Falls, WI  54729
Phone: (715) 738-3009
Fax: (715) 738-3029
Email:  Bradley.Hoover@wisconsin.gov

Visiting and Phone Calls

  • Juveniles may receive non-professional phone calls or visitors from 1pm – 4 pm and 6pm – 8pm daily.
  • Juveniles may call out during any scheduled free time, which may not coincide with these hours.
  • Professionals may call in or visit daily from 8:30am – 12:00pm and 1:00pm – 5:00pm.
  • Family visitors may include parents, step-parents, foster parents, grandparents and siblings. Visitors should be prepared to produce I.D. and may be subject to search by metal detector.
  • Visitors arriving during business hours should enter through the main entrance of the building. Visitors arriving after 5pm daily or on weekends or holidays must use the north entry to the secure elevator.

Secure Unit Protocols

  • All detained children’s hygiene and clothing needs are taken care of by the facility. They need bring nothing with them.
  • Children in secure may do schoolwork from their own classes if the work is brought to the facility.
  • Children may not have any personal belongings in secure, including but not limited to, makeup, books and magazines, hygiene products, snacks, etc.
  • Medications taken by residents shall be brought to the detention facility in their original labeled containers. Any medication not brought in the original labeled container may not be given to the child.

 

DAILY SCHEDULE (Monday - Friday)
6:00 a.m. Wake up, showers, and chores
7:00 a.m.   Breakfast, clean up
8:30 a.m.   SCHOOL
     
12:00 noon   LUNCH, clean up
1:00 p.m.   School resumes, Visiting
     
3:00 p.m.   School over, Quiet time
4:00 p.m.   Study Hour
5:00 p.m.   SUPPER and clean up
6:00 p.m.   Visiting hours, phone calls
     
8:00 p.m.   Recreation Time
9:00 p.m.   Snack
9:30 p.m.   Bedtime
10:00 p.m.   Lights Out
     
WEEKEND SCHEDULE (Saturday/Sunday)
6:00 a.m.   Wake up, breakfast, and chores
9:00 a.m.   Saturday: Chores
    Sunday: Free Time
12:00 noon   LUNCH and clean up
1:00 p.m.   Free Time (visits, phone calls)
2:00 p.m.   RECREATION
     
4:00 p.m.   Quiet time
5:00 p.m.   SUPPER and clean up
6:00 p.m.   Free Time (visits, phone calls)
     
8:00 p.m.   Recreation Time
9:00 p.m.   Snack
10:00p.m.   BEDTIME
     

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Shelter Unit

 

(608) 785-6435

Names and Phone Numbers to Remember:
Facility Superintendent
David Steinberg
Phone: (608) 785-5542 
FAX:  (608) 793-6546

Facility Supervisors
Jill Dunne
Matt Kuehl

Licensor
Amy Bryant
610 Gibson Street Suite #2
Eau Claire, WI 54701
Phone:  (715) 930-1133
Email:  Amy.Bryant@wisconsin.gov

Visiting and Phone Calls

  • Juveniles may receive non-professional phone calls or visitors from 8:30am – Noon and 1:00 pm – 8:30 pm daily.
  • Juveniles may call out during any scheduled free time.
  • Family visitors may include parents, step-parents, foster parents, grandparents and siblings. Visitors should be prepared to produce I.D.
  • Visitors arriving during business hours should enter through the main entrance of the building. Visitors arriving after 5pm daily or on weekends or holidays must use the north entry to the secure elevator.

Shelter Unit Protocols

  • All detained children’s hygiene and clothing needs are taken care of by the facility. They need bring nothing with them.
  • Children in the Shelter Unit may do schoolwork from their own classes if the work is brought to the facility.
  • Children may have up to four changes of their own clothing. All other necessities are taken care of by the facility.
  • Medications taken by residents shall be brought to the Shelter Unit in their original labeled containers. Any medication not brought in the original labeled container may not be given to the child.

 

DAILY SCHEDULE (Monday - Friday)
6:00 a.m. Wake up, showers, and chores
7:00 a.m.   Breakfast, clean up
8:30 a.m.   SCHOOL
     
12:00 noon   LUNCH, clean up
1:00 p.m.   School resumes
     
3:00 p.m.   School over, Quiet time
4:00 p.m.   Study Hour
5:00 p.m.   SUPPER and clean up
6:00 p.m.   Free Time
     
8:00 p.m.   Recreation Time
9:00 p.m.   Snack
9:30 p.m.   Bedtime
10:00 p.m.   Lights Out
     
WEEKEND SCHEDULE (Saturday/Sunday)
6:00 a.m.   Wake up, breakfast, and chores
9:00 a.m.   Saturday: Chores
    Sunday: Free Time
12:00 noon   LUNCH and clean up
1:00 p.m.   Free Time
2:00 p.m.   RECREATION
     
4:00 p.m.   Quiet time
5:00 p.m.   SUPPER and clean up
6:00 p.m.   Free Time
     
8:00 p.m.   Recreation Time
9:00 p.m.   Snack
10:00p.m.   Late night on Friday and Saturday
12:00p.m.   BEDTIME
     



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Adult Community Services
(electronic monitoring, drug and alcohol testing, cognitive-behavioral groups, Ophelia's House)


The following services are provided to adults convicted of crimes in La Crosse County and are court ordered to the service.  If you need more information, contact La Crosse County Justice Support Services at 789-4895.

Electronic Monitoring:

  • Electronic monitoring is utilized by the courts as a tool to monitor behavior and increase public safety.  Electronic monitoring may be used for pretrial or sentenced clients, or as a sanction for rule violations in the treatment court.  View requirements and guidelines and cost for electronic monitoring.

    If you live outside of La Crosse County, please ask your social worker for permission to submit your electronic monitoring schedule by mail or fax.  The forms are below, but if you mail or fax them without prior permission they will not be accepted.  If you do have permission then print the appropriate form below and after completion send it to Justice Support Services, 333 Vine Street, Room 740, La Crosse, WI 54601.   You can also fax your completed form to 608-785-5715.

Intoxicated Driver Program:

  • The Intoxicated Driver Program is administered within the Justice Support Services Section of Human Services. Individuals convicted of operating while intoxicated (OWI) and related offenses, as well as those referred by the Department of Transportation, are required to be assessed by this agency.  You can find out the status of your license by going to the Department of Transportation website and selecting online services on the main page, or follow this link:   http://www.dot.wisconsin.gov/drivers/online.htm

Cognitive-Behavioral Groups:

  • Thinking for a Change (T4C) and Moving On – These are 2 separate 25 session cognitive-behavioral programs, T4C is for men and Moving On is for women. Both groups are facilitated in jail and in the community for men and women to develop social and problem solving skills to reduce involvement in the criminal justice system.

  • Driving With Care – This 33 session program is for people who have had four or more OWI convictions involving serious accident or injury.  The program objective is to reduce the frequency of drinking and driving, and to assist individuals to break their chemical dependence.  
  • SMART Recovery (Self-Management and Recovery Training) – This is a self-empowering addiction recovery support group for all types of addiction and addiction behaviors where participants learn tools for addiction recovery  based on the latest scientific research and participate in a world-wide community which includes free, self-empowering, science-based mutual help groups.  To visit the SMART Recovery website to access additional information, please click on the following link:  www.smartrecovery.org.
  • Seeking Safety is a model of counseling to help improve coping skills. This present-focused therapy is designed to help people attain safety from trauma, substance abuse, and/or posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD).     To visit the Seeking Safety website for additional information, click on the following link: http://www.seekingsafety.org/
  • Moral Reconation Therapy - MRT seeks to decrease recidivism among offenders by increasing moral reasoning.  MRT implements a cognitive-behavioral approach, and uses 12-16 objectively defined steps which focus on seven basic treatment issues, including:  Confrontation of beliefs, attitudes and behaviors; Assessment of current relationships; Reinforcement of positive behavior and habits; Positive identity formation; Enhancement of self-concept; Development of frustration tolerance; and Development of higher stages of moral reasoning.  Justice Support Services offers gender-based groups of MRT.

  • Carey Guide Groups – Carey Guides are a set of evidence-based tools developed to work with clients on identified need areas through a cognitive-behavioral approach.  With 33 topic areas to choose from, groups are tailored to the needs of the group participants.

Ophelia's House:

Ophelia’s House is gender-specific programming designed to provide wraparound services for the women participating in the program.  They may include housing, and services such as Thinking for a Change, substance abuse services, trauma groups, employment assistance.   To visit the YWCA website for more information on Ophelia’s House, click on the following link:  http://www.ywca.org/site/c.duLRK4OSLqK8E/b.8267945/k.9A48/Opehlias_House.htm

Current Initiatives in Justice Support Services:



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Juvenile Supervision

If a juvenile’s behavior leads to being charged with a crime the youth may enter the Juvenile Justice System either through Juvenile Detention if the charge warrants detention for the protection of the community or through a Referral from the police department. Either way the juvenile will meet with a Social Worker from La Crosse County’s Juvenile Justice Unit to recommend the proper course of action to the District Attorney’s Office (closure of case, deferred prosecution agreement, or further court involvement). 

A Deferred Prosecution Agreement is a written agreement entered into by the Juvenile, their parent(s)/guardian(s), and the social worker outlining the conditions and obligations to be met in order to defer the filing of a petition to the court.  Such conditions and obligations can include but are not limited to:  community service hours, restitution, mental health or Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse (AODA) counseling, or other services determined necessary to meet the needs of the juvenile.  Should these conditions not be met, this agreement may be revoked and the court petitioned for further supervision.

Should it be recommended that the juvenile’s case go through court the juvenile may be placed on formal delinquency supervision.    Based on Wisconsin State Statutes the intent of the legislature is to promote a juvenile justice system capable of dealing with the problem of juvenile delinquency, a system that will protect the community, impose accountability for violations of law and equip juvenile offenders with competencies to live responsibly and productively. Delinquency supervision is managed by social workers through the Department of Human Services- Juvenile Justice Unit. It involves the protection of citizens from crime, holding youth accountable for their behavior and provision of treatment/services to build competencies. Social Workers oversee the behavior of juveniles in their home, school and community environments (supervision is similar in many situations to adult probation). There are a wide range of services and accountability options available to youth on formal delinquency supervision which vary anywhere from counseling services or cognitive behavioral group participation to tracking and monitoring programs to out-of-home placements if this becomes necessary for the protection of the community.  Out-of-home placements can range from a local foster home to CORE Academy or the Department of Corrections with several options between.

For further information on La Crosse County’s Juvenile Justice System and Process, please see the following links:

Additional Statewide information can be found at:



Current Initiatives in La Crosse County Juvenile Justice

In 2008 La Crosse County Human Services called upon the Carey Group to complete a thorough examination of La Crosse County Juvenile Justice.  The recommendations included the following:

  1. Creation of an inter-agency task force to study why La Crosse County arrests a disproportionate number of youth and determine if this is in the best interest of the public.  The study found that La Crosse County juvenile arrest rates were much higher than both the state and three like-sized counties.
  2. Seek assistance from the Annie E. Casey Foundation Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI) with disproportionate minority arrest and confinement issues.  La Crosse County, as with the state of Wisconsin at the time, was found to have a disproportionate number of minority youth arrested and securely detained than their Caucasian counterparts.
  3. Completion of a risk assessment tool on every youth admitted to the La Crosse County Juvenile Justice System. 
  4. Development of enhanced capacity to use information systems to assess progress toward unit outcomes. 

Given the recommendations in the Carey Group Executive Summary on Juvenile Justice from November 2008, several system reform efforts have formed, with some funding assistance by the Department of Justice.  These efforts include:

Identification by the Department of Justice (DOJ) as a Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI) Replication Site
As part of a statewide initiative, DOJ has recognized La Crosse County as a likely replication site for the state’s JDAI initiative.  As part of this identification, La Crosse County has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Wisconsin Department of Justice to develop a work plan that addresses the eight core strategies of juvenile justice system reform.  You can read more about JDAI at The Annie E. Casey Foundation website. 

Participant in the Wisconsin State Detention Risk Assessment Instrument (DRAI) Committee
The primary task of this state committee is to develop and implement an objective detention risk assessment process for Wisconsin and ensure its effectiveness in distinguishing between youth who pose a pre-adjudicative public safety risk or a risk of not appearing at their hearings, from youth who do not pose such risks.  Once developed, it is the expectation that those counties participating in this committee will actively implement the DRAI tool within their practice. La Crosse County along with the other participating counties have been using this tool as a pilot test as of January 1, 2015.

Revision and Implementation of a Risk Assessment and Case Management Tool
In March 2013 La Crosse County Juvenile Justice purchased the Youth Assessment and Screening Instrument (YASI) which is a validated risk assessment and case management tool.  Changes to policy and procedure have now been put into place to ensure all youth entering the Juvenile Justice System are being assessed using this risk assessment tool. 


Frequently Asked Questions in Juvenile Justice




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