Juvenile Justice Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Services

Since 1987, the Department of Health Services has provided funding to counties to create and improve community efforts to increase screening, intervention, and treatment of alcohol and other drug problems for Wisconsin’s at-risk youth population. This population includes boys and girls ages 10-16 assessed as having mental health and substance use concerns.

These grants have supported county programs that have established models and strategies for diverting youth with behavioral health disorders as early as possible from the juvenile justice system to appropriate community-based behavioral health services. Currently, five counties are participating in this program. 

Dane County

The program in Dane County uses Multidimensional Family Therapy (MDFT) to turn teen behavior around and place the whole family on a healthier path.

Todd Campbell
Dane County Human Services
1202 Northport Drive
Madison, WI 53704
608-242-6488

Cynthia Green
UW Health Adolescent Alcohol/Drug Assessment Intervention Program
122 E. Olin Avenue, Suite 275
Madison, WI 53703
608-262-1111

Kenosha County

The program in Kenosha County uses the Global Appraisal of Individual Needs (GAIN), the Adverse Childhood Experiences Survey (ACES), the Seven Challenges, and the Solano County Risk Assessment to motivate adolescents to make positive life choices and support success in implementing these choices.

Mary Lynn Beier
Kenosha County Juvenile Court Intake
912 56th Street
Kenosha, WI 53140
262-653-2494

Judie Dancing
Professional Services Group
2108 63rd Street
Kenosha, WI 53142
262-652-2406

Milwaukee County

The program in Milwaukee County uses evidence-based practices to break the cycle of addiction and promote healthy, sober coping and communication skills for the adolescent and his/her family. 

Dawn Mumaw
Milwaukee County Delinquency and Court Services
10201 W. Watertown Plank Road
Wauwatosa, WI 53226
414-257-5729

Kelly Pethke
Milwaukee County Delinquency and Court Services
10201 W. Watertown Plank Road
Wauwatosa, WI 53226
414-257-5725

Portage County

The program in Portage County uses the Global Appraisal of Individuals Needs Short Screener (GAIN-SS), the Positive Achievement Change Tool and Teen Intervene to reduce adolescent substance abuse and recidivism.

Jodi Petersen
Portage County Human Services
817 Whiting Avenue
Stevens Point, WI 54481
715-345-5840

Kim Vagueiro
Portage County Human Services
817 Whiting Avenue
Stevens Point, WI 54481
715-345-5880

Rock County

The program in Rock County uses evidence-based practices in its outpatient behavioral treatment services, including the Matrix Model for Teens and Moral Reconation Therapy.

Amanda Lake
Rock County Human Services
PO Box 1649
Janesville, WI 53547
608-743-2417

Tracy Mayer
Rock County Human Services
PO Box 1649
Janesville, WI 53547
608-757-5238

Where to get help

Families may use this online search tool from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration to find local mental health and/or substance abuse treatment providers.  This directory provides contact information for county and tribal programs. Families may also want to explore whether their child is eligible for Wisconsin's Coordinated Services Teams Initiatives and/or Comprehensive Community Services.

School-based diversion initiative

Wisconsin is one of four states participating in the 2015-2016 Improving Diversion Policies and Programs for Justice-Involved Youth with Behavioral Health Disorders: An Integrated Policy Academy-Action Network Initiative, sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the MacArthur Foundation, and the National Center for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice.

The presence of behavioral health disorders in youth creates unique challenges for the juvenile justice and education systems. This initiative will help Wisconsin develop systems to support keeping young people with behavioral health needs in school with access to community-based treatment resources instead of juvenile justice system processing.

In Wisconsin, a multi-disciplinary team is meeting to learn about effective interventions for this population, latest research, and to collaborate on policy and practice.  This group includes representatives from:

  • Department of Corrections, Division of Juvenile Corrections
  • Department of Health Services, Division of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services
  • Department of Public Instruction
  • Office of Children's Mental Health
  • Rock County Human Services
  • School District of Beloit

Resources for providers

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Wisconsin Information

National Information

Client rights

There are rules to ensure patient rights are protected. The Client Rights Office is responsible for the implementation and oversight of patient rights for individuals receiving services for mental illness or substance abuse in Wisconsin.

Contact the Juvenile Justice Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Services Program

The Division of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services oversees the Juvenile Justice Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Services Program for the Department of Health Services.  For more information, please contact:

Jamie McCarville
Program Coordinator
608-267-7712

Lucas Moore
Adolescent Substance Abuse Treatment Coordinator
608-267-9741

 

Last Revised: May 2, 2016