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The Statewide Urban/Rural Women's Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse (AODA) Treatment Project (Update December 2006)

The Statewide Urban/Rural Women's Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse (AODA) Treatment Project provides grants for eight women and family-centered treatment programs have expanded services in key underserved areas throughout the state. The project serves adult women in need of AODA treatment who are also involved in at least one other formal service system. Priority of treatment services is given to pregnant women.

These projects were charged with meeting the special needs of women with problems resulting from alcohol and other drug abuse by emphasizing parenting education, vocational and housing assistance, and coordination with other community programs while providing women-specific AODA treatment under intensive care.

Focus is on the empowerment of women to develop the necessary skills for long-term sobriety, improvement of parenting skills, relationship building, and to encourage education and job skills that promote family self-sufficiency.

The program design includes using the relational/cultural model and integrated (wraparound) services in the holistic treatment approach. All families receive a single coordinated care plan that builds on family strengths, is needs driven, and based on the unique values, norms, and preferences of the family, and their community

Project Sites

ARC Fond du Lac (Fond du Lac County), Norman Briggs, Director of AODA Services, 2001 W. Beltline Hwy., Suite 102, Madison, WI 53713, (608) 278-2300, for their urban project: "Fond du Lac Women's and Children's Services."

Comprehensive Community Services Agency (CCSA) of Washington County, Kay Thuecks, MH/AODA Coordinator, 333 E. Washington St., Suite 2100, West Bend, WI 53095-2585, (262) 335-4591, for their rural project: "Women's Recovery Program."

  • Scott Huntington, Program Coordinator, (262) 338-8611, shuntington@charterinternet.com
    Genesis Behavioral Services, Inc. (262) 306-4392
    279 South 17th Avenue, Suite 9
    West Bend, WI 53095

Dane County Department of Human Services, John Borquist, Substance Abuse Services Manager, 1202 Northport Drive, Madison, WI 53704, (608) 242-6488, for their urban project: "Integrated AODA & Work Services for Women and Their Families in Dane County."

  • Laura Parker, Program Manager, (608) 283-6426, laurap@arccommserv.com
    ARC Community Services, Inc.
    1409 Emil Street, Suite 100
    Madison, WI 53713

Douglas County Department of Health and Human Services, Mary Granstrom, Adult Services Supervisor, 1316 North 14th St., 4th Floor, Superior, WI 54880, (715) 395-1305, for their rural project: "Women In Transition (WIT)."

Family Services of Northeast Wisconsin, Inc. (Brown County), Lois Mischler, Vice President, 300 Crooks Street, Green Bay, WI 54301, (920) 436-4360, ext. 1217, for their urban project: "Women's Recovery Journey."

Fond du Lac County Department of Community Programs, Mary Ellen McMeen, Director of AODA/MH Services, 459 East First Street, Fond du Lac, WI 54935, (920) 929-3548, for their rural project: "Beacon Continuing Care."

  • Mary Gerlach, Executive Director, (920) 923-3999, mgbeacon@charter.net
    Friends of Women in Recovery, Inc., - Beacon
    166 S. Park Street, PO Box 1524
    Fond du Lac, WI 54936-1524

Human Service Center (Forest, Oneida, and Vilas Counties), Ann Cleereman, Executive Director, 705 E. Timber Drive, P.O. Box 897, Rhinelander, WI 54501, (715) 369-2215, for their rural project: "Tri-County Women's Outreach Program."

  • Dottie Moffat, Program Manager, (715) 358-6224, dlmoffat@newnorth.net
    Tri-County Women's Outreach Program
    415 Menominee Street, PO Box 967
    Minocqua, WI 54548

Lutheran Social Services of Wisconsin and Upper Michigan, Inc. (Eau Claire County), Laurie Lessard, Project Director, 3136 Craig Road, Eau Claire, WI 54701, (715) 835-9110, for their urban project: "Women's Way."

  • Kathy Benson-Storrar, Program Manager, (715) 855-6181 ext. 101, kbensons@lsswis.org
    800 Wisconsin St., Mail Box 49, Building D2, Suite 419
    Eau Claire, WI 54703-3587

Milwaukee AODA/TANF Services System - NEXUS

>NEXUS builds on the foundation laid by the Milwaukee Family Services Coordination Initiative, which uses an integrated services or wraparound systems of care approach. This is done by providing alcohol and other drug abuse (AODA) treatment services and community collaboration to TANF-eligible families in Milwaukee County who are involved in multiple service systems. The Milwaukee County Behavioral Health Division is  the administrator of NEXUS.

NEXUS serves Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) eligible individuals who reside in Milwaukee County, are in need of AODA treatment, and are involved in multiple service systems.

The initial design, implementation, efforts and objectives for this grant include comprehensive system improvement, creation of systems level change, reduction of barriers to treatment, increase in treatment capacity, staff development training, and dissemination of best practices.

NEXUS is built on a strong foundation of collaborative learning and community partnership needed for consumers to recover from AODA issues in a positive, supportive, and nurturing environment. All families receive a single coordinated care plan that builds on family strengths, is needs driven, and based on the unique values, norms, and preferences of the family, and community.

Milwaukee Provider Sites

NEXUS is a consortium of over forty social service providers in the Milwaukee Community that best meet the needs of the families. The Management Group (TMG) provides the training on the use of the single coordinated care plan and St. Charles Youth and Families provides care coordination to many of the NEXUS participants. The primary AODA treatment vendors includes, but is not limited to:

  1. Meta House
  2. Milwaukee Women's Center
  3. United Community Center
  4. Horizon's Inc.
  5. Benedict Center
  6. White's Residential Center
  7. Genesis Behavioral Health

Last Revised: July 12, 2010