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Northern Wisconsin Center

Guiding people in the right direction for 125 years

Established in 1897, Northern Wisconsin Center (NWC) is a short-term assessment and treatment facility for people who have an intellectual disability as well as a mental illness and aggressive or challenging behaviors. The programming is designed to assist clients in developing the skills necessary to live in a community setting with as much independence as possible. NWC is one of three centers for individuals with intellectual disabilities managed by the Division of Care and Treatment Services.

Join the NWC team

NWC offers rewarding work with rewarding benefits. Learn more about the career opportunities at NWC.

Wisconsin START Initiative

In 2022, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services contracted with the National Center for START Services to evaluate the state’s service system for people who have intellectual and developmental disabilities and mental health needs. Called the START Scan (PDF), this evaluation helped us learn how effective services and supports are for people who have intellectual and developmental disabilities and mental health needs in Wisconsin.

The START Scan will drive our next steps to make improvements. We need your help to analyze and address the START Scan's findings in Wisconsin. Visit our START Initiative page to learn more and see how to get involved.


Northern Wisconsin Center
2820 East Park Avenue
Chippewa Falls, WI 54729
715-723-5542
715-723-8464 - Fax

Last revised December 19, 2023