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Our mission, in partnership with the community, is to provide quality, cost effective and accessible human services that maximize the potential of individuals and families.

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FSET Success Story
Posted 1/10/2017 by dschmutzer@co.wood.wi.us
Leon Taylor enrolled in the Food Share Employment & Training (FSET) Program in June 2016 and set goals of obtaining employment and earning his GED. Leon was hired in housekeeping at the Hotel Mead in August 2016 and still works there today. FSET provided Leon with gas cards for job searching and purchased the shoes and clothing he needed to start work. FSET also provided gas cards for Leon to get to and from his job at The Hotel Mead. Leon continues to study for his GED with the support of Mid-State Technical College instructors, the Central Wisconsin Literacy Council, and his FSET Case Manager.

There is a video of Leon's success on the State of Wisconsin Department of Health Services website. The link to the video is below.

On February 10th Leon and his Case Manager were in Madison as guests for the Governor's State of the State address.
Grant Awarded to Wood County Human Services
Posted 1/5/2017 by dschmutzer@co.wood.wi.us

Wood County Human Services—Legal Services/Crisis Intervention Unit was awarded a Crisis Training Grant in the amount of just over $34,000 to use for training purposes by June 30, 2017.

We are developing a training plan that utilizes a learning collaborative approach to strengthen the crisis response system and enhance the ability of Crisis Interventionists and community partners to provide dementia-capable services.

 The following are goals as outlined in the grant proposal:

*To improve professional understanding and awareness of dementia. This will be accomplished by holding a training with guest speaker and geriatric specialist, Dr. Suzanna Waters-Castillo.

*To provide training opportunities to community partners with a broad focus on Crisis Prevention, legal structures related to the elderly, and navigating our local resources. This will be accomplished by holding a training with speakers from ADRC, Corporation Counsel, and Wood County Human Services.

 *All APS (Adult Protective Services) workers will become certified to administer the Montreal Cognitive Assessment (MoCA) tool.

 *Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) and Crisis Intervention Partners (CIP) trainings will be offered.

*All APS workers amongst other specialized workers will become trained on the Wisconsin STAR method for more effectively working with those with complex dementia.

Crisis Intervention Team Training Offered
Posted 12/6/2016 by dschmutzer@co.wood.wi.us
Wood County Human Services — Crisis/Legal Services, Wood County Sheriff's Department, Marshfield Police Department, and Wisconsin Rapids Police Department are hosting Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) training for law enforcement officers on December 12-16, 2016.

CIT is a comprehensive five-day, 40-hour training session designed to assist law enforcement officers and other first responders in recognizing and understanding the signs and symptoms of mental illness including depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and anxiety disorders, as well as learning various options to facilitate de-escalation of a mental health Consumer in crisis.

·You will learn about the legal issues associated with emergency commitments §Chapter 51.15.
·You will learn about resources in your community that are available to mental health consumer and their families.
·You will learn how interacting on a regular basis in this kind of outreach program reduces the potential for crisis and/or injury of the officer, consumer or other members of the community.

This training is modeled after the recognized Best Practices "Memphis Model". Visit http://www.citwisconsin.org for additional information on CIT.

Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention Activities
Posted 6/27/2016 by dschmutzer@co.wood.wi.us
The Wood County Human Services Department is increasing efforts related to prevention of drug and alcohol abuse. This year, we began to partner with the Marshfield Area Coalition for Youth (MACY) and Healthy People Wood County (HPWC) in order to develop a comprehensive prevention plan. The plan includes participation on community coalitions including the Wood County Drug Task Force, MACY and HPWC Mental Health and AODA Coalitions. The plan also includes Human Services Department sponsorship and participation in community presentations and activities that are intended to promote education, understanding and open discussion of topics related to mental health, the impact of trauma, and drug and alcohol abuse in our community. Keep an eye out for information on upcoming presentations on these important topics.
Transportation Program Bus
Elderly and Disabled Transportation Program
Posted 4/14/2016 by dschmutzer@co.wood.wi.us
Wood County Human Services Department Elderly and Disabled Transportation Program provides an important service to senior and disabled citizens in both the Wisconsin Rapids and Marshfield areas. Since this program is subsidized by Federal, State and County dollars, there is a nominal charge for citizens who use this service. This service helps individuals that might not otherwise have transportation to get to medical appointments, shopping and other necessary events. Recently, the program and a few of the employees that make it happen were featured in a USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin article and video production.

Check out the story or watch the video on the Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune or the Marshfield News Herald websites links below!

For more information please see the Wood County Human Services Elderly and Disabled Transportation webpage.
Autism Services Update Information
Posted 3/7/2016 by dschmutzer@co.wood.wi.us
Prior to 1/1/16, when a family needed intensive autism services (in-home for 10-30 hours a week) for their child, our agency would evaluate them and once we determined they were eligible and in need of services the child went on a State waiting list for funding. The child could not be over 8 years old when they went on the list. The wait list time was sometimes over a year, and at a critical time of the child’s development.

The Center for Medicaid and Medicare (federal government) informed WI that these services needed to be an MA card service, available when needed and not a service to be on a wait list. Over the last year the WI Department of Health Services has been working to develop a system to accomplish this task.

Effective 1/1/2016 these intensive in-home services are available as an MA card service (like doctor visits and medication coverage). This brings several changes with it:
• The county does not evaluate to determine if a child qualifies for in-home services, this is performed by the provider of the services
• The child’s diagnosis does not have to be autism which potentially opens up services for other behaviorally challenged children
• The child can be older than eight when services start
• If the family/child is in need of other services (respite, daily living skills, equipment …) the family contacts human services for an assessment to determine eligibility for funding through Children’s Community Options Program or Children’s Long Term Support Waivers.

If the child has Medical Assistance, the family can call the agency they would like to work with to make a referral for themselves.
If the child does not have Medical Assistance, the family can contact their health insurance to determine if there is coverage, or determine if the child will be eligible for Medical Assistance.
Trauma Informed Care Approach
Posted 1/13/2016 by dschmutzer@co.wood.wi.us
The Wood County Human Services Department began learning about what it means to utilize trauma informed principles of care as part of a department wide initiative. This process began with the development of a committee that includes employees from each service area throughout the department. Our vision for Trauma Informed Care is to empower and instill hope by understanding, recognizing, and responding to the effects of trauma and creating a safe environment for consumers, employees, partners and our communities.

Trauma Informed Care (TIC) shifts the perspective away from asking “what is wrong with you?” to instead ask “what has happened to you?”. We have recently completed an agency assessment that has provided information regarding areas of strengths and areas for improvements as we continue our journey towards becoming more trauma informed.

The principles of Trauma Informed Care align with our department mission, vision, and values; we believe that embracing the perspectives learned through research, regarding how traumatic stress can impact healing and recovery, we will have better outcomes for the consumers we serve.

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