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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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Wood County Group Home Open House
Posted 3/5/2015 by dschmutzer@co.wood.wi.us
You are invited to the Open House for the new Wood County Group Home.
Wednesday March 11, 2015 from 1-5pm
110 24th Street South, Suite B
Wisconsin Rapids

Positive Alternatives - Wood County Group Home is an eight bed co-ed facility.The services are designed to assist families with the challenges of their teenage children and to assist youth in becoming more productive and positive members of the school and community.

Please stop by to see the new Group Home and enjoy some snacks and refreshments, ask any questions you may have and learn more about Positive Alternatives.
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New Group Home
Posted 3/5/2015 by dschmutzer@co.wood.wi.us
The Wood County Human Services Department (WCHSD), in collaboration with Positive Alternatives, Inc., is scheduled to open an 8-bed resident group home in March 2015. 
The group home will be used only for Wood County adolescents aged 13 – 17. Six beds will be available for traditional long term placements with the other two for brief respite or crisis diversion placements. This group home will allow youth the opportunity to stabilize their behavior or address mental health issues in a structured and safe setting. The home will be staffed with awake staff members 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Youth will remain in their home school district and will be provided the opportunity to participate in individual, group and family therapy services in their home community. Group therapy services facilitated by the group home staff will address issues related, but not limited to, anger management, healthy choices, interpersonal relationships, independent living skills, AODA issues, and social skill development. Goals of this collaborative effort between the WCHSD and Positive Alternative, Inc. include: minimizing the traumatic impact of placing youth outside their family home; reducing the length of out-of-home placements; and ensuring youth remain connected with their families, their schools and their community; and promote return to the youth’s home and family as quickly as possible.
Communities in Action to Prevent Suicide
Posted 3/4/2015 by dschmutzer@co.wood.wi.us
5th Annual Communities in Action to Prevent Suicide Conference
Wednesday April 29, 2015
Holiday Inn Hotel & Convention Center Stevens Point, WI
7:30 am – 4:30 pm

A conference for School Professionals, Emergency Services, Law Enforcement,Mental Health Professionals, AODA Professionals, Veteran Groups, Clergy,Healthcare Providers, Community Coalitions – Existing and Starting, and Anyone Interested in Suicide Prevention on the Local and State Level.

Click here for more information.
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March is National Social Worker Month
Posted 2/26/2015 by dschmutzer@co.wood.wi.us
There are more than 600,000 professional social workers in the United States who have committed their lives to making a difference. March is National Social Work Month. The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) sets a theme for the event each year. This year the theme is Social Work Paves the Way for Change. Additional information can be found at NASW Social Work Month. Social workers blend their education and experience with a strong code of ethics. Our Code of Ethics addresses: Service, Dignity and Worth of the Person, Importance of Relationships, Integrity, Competence, and Social Justice. Every social worker values these principles because they prepare us to help people with life’s challenges. Social workers help individuals, families, and groups restore or enhance their capacity for social functioning, and work to create societal conditions that support communities in need. Social workers help people solve problems, prevent crises and overcome or cope with some of life’s most difficult issues: poverty, discrimination, abuse, addiction, physical illness, divorce, loss, unemployment, educational problems, disability and mental illness. One group of social workers, clinical social workers, also diagnose and treat mental, behavioral and emotional issues. Professional social workers are found in every facet of community life—in schools, hospitals, mental health clinics, senior centers, elected office, private practices, prisons, military, corporations and in numerous public and private agencies that serve individuals and families in need.
Empowered to Connect Conference
Posted 2/24/2015 by dschmutzer@co.wood.wi.us
Empowered To Connect together with Show Hope hosts the Empowered To Connect Conference — a two-day conference designed to help pre or post-adoptive families, foster parents and professionals better understand how to connect with children from hard places in order to help them heal.

This program is being offered on April 10-11, 2015. The live event will be held in San Antonio, Texas, but it will be broadcast at Immanuel Lutheran School in Wisconsin Rapids, sponsored by Catholic Charities Post Adoption Resource Center. The conference is scheduled from 9am-5pm on both Friday and Saturday.  

Registration is $15/individual or $25/couple (includes materials). Contact Jen Wilhorn 715.323.0623 or jwihorn@gmail.com.

The 2015 Empowered to Connect conferences have been approved by the National Association of Social Workers (Approval #886649357-2610) for 11 Social Work continuing education contact hours.

*PLEASE BE ADVISED: CE credits are for licensed professionals only and are not the same as adoptive/foster training credits.

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Bridgeway Crisis Program

Individuals in crisis have a new option in Wood County! Bridgeway is a home-like environment where persons with mental health concerns can choose to stay while getting help before returning home. Operated by Lutheran Social Services and located within the Wood County Annex and Health Center in Marshfield, this 24-hour, eight-bed, Community Based Residential Facility is scheduled to open October 22.

For more information contact Crisis Intervention at
715-421-2345 or 715-384-5555.