Comprehensive Community Services (CCS) provides a recovery-focused approach to service
provision to children and adults with mental health and/or substance abuse issues.
Services will be provided in the community, will be flexible and will help the person
achieve their vision of recovery. CCS can help people who need ongoing, comprehensive
services to help them live, work, participate in their community, and ultimately
reach a level of recovery in their illness.
Wood County Unified Services is the lead agency certified by the State of WI to
operate CCS. Unified Services and Social Services agreed that forming a partnership
to provide case services was the best approach in Wood County.
Wood County Unified Services and Social Services are committed to working together
to provide this important new medical assistance benefit to individuals of all ages
who experience problems with independent living at home, work or school due to mental
health and/or substance abuse issues. Social Services will provide CCS to children
and their families while Wood County Unified Services will provide CCS to adults.
The intent is to have a county wide enhanced collaboration between the departments
in providing CCS throughout Wood County.
Children and adults of all ages with a mental health and/or substance abuse diagnosis
which may be creating problems in one or more areas of the person’s life such as
the ability to hold a job, go to school, live independently or lead an active life.
Must have or be eligible for Medical Assistance. All applicants will be screened
Important Elements of CCS
- Consumer Focus - We ask each consumer in CCS to tell us what his or her needs are.
We help you to become aware of how you can take control of your life. How you can
discover ways to use resources and problem solving skills to make choices and decisions
in your life.
- Builds on Natural & Community Supports - We ask you to identify who is important
in your life; who will be supportive and play an important role as a member of your
- Strength Based - We help you identify your unique qualities and abilities to develop
strategies to move towards recovery and improve the quality of your life.
- Self-Sufficiency - CCS emphasizes successful living. This means access to jobs,
activities, housing, transportation, and resources for individual needs like health,
education, vocation, social, spiritual and recreation. Meeting these needs will
bring you down the path to self-sufficiency.
- Goal and Outcome Oriented - You participate in the assessment and service planning
to begin identifying your needs that will lead to the development of goals and the
outcomes you specify.
- Collaboration - You and your recovery team, including your case manager, will work
together to plan, make decisions and coordinate strategies. Together you will work
to have a plan for services that will be based on hope, empowerment, and recovery.
- Cultural Competency - Your beliefs, values, customs and culture will be acknowledged
and respected. CCS will work to provide support, acceptance and embrace an understanding
of cultural and lifestyle diversity.
Application & Referral Process
Everyone who is referred to CCS needs to complete an application. The application
will be reviewed and a meeting scheduled with you. During the meeting, a Mental
Health/Substance Abuse Functional Screen is completed and you will know if you are
eligible for CCS. An admission agreement to CCS is signed and planning begins for
the development of your Recovery Team. Within the next 30 days, you and the team
meet to discuss your strengths, needs and recovery goals. You will decide what services
we currently offer will meet your needs. These might include: residential programs,
community living skill groups, work programs, peer support, medication monitoring
and counseling. You and your Recovery Team are not limited by these services and
should look at all community supports, which can meet your needs.
We have program staff who will work with you and your Recovery Team to develop your
recovery plan, assist with setting up and monitoring services and to provide service
facilitation. Our staff includes:
- CCS Program Manager
- CCS Service Facilitators
- CCS RN Service Facilitators
We can also assist you in identifying and accessing other professionals to help
you in your journey toward recovery. These professionals may include; a psychiatrist,
medical practitioner, therapist, AODA counselor and others as identified by you.
For more information, contact Unified Services