NWC: Intensive Treatment Program

NWC Excel BuildingNorthern Wisconsin Center's Intensive Treatment Program (ITP) serves people ages 14 and older with an intellectual disability combined with behavioral and emotional issues. Services are provided for 60 to 120 days. 

Staff provide behavioral and psychiatric evaluation and treatment, medical services, social and coping skills training, and vocational programming. These services are provided by highly skilled staff.

An individualized treatment plan is developed for each client. The goal is to help the client develop skills to live in their community with as much independence as possible.

The Intensive Treatment Program can serve up to 22 people at one time. The bedrooms are semi-private or private, depending on the client's needs. The apartment building has an activity room and common areas for clients to enjoy the company of others and group activities. It features views of the historic Northern Wisconsin Center grounds and the woods and wildlife of the Chippewa Valley. 

Visitors are welcome.


  • Clients must have an intellectual disability.
  • Clients must have emotions and behaviors that prevent them from reaching their full potential.
  • Clients must need help learning skills key to daily living. 

Preadmission assessment

Admission happens only after an assessment. Questions answered during the assessment include: Is the individual eligible? Does the program meet their needs? Program staff typically meet the individual in the community. They receive input from caregivers. They also review the individual's records. 


An admission date is set in advance. On the day of admission, the new client tours the center and meets their care and treatment team. The client’s caregivers take part in a review of the client’s treatment goals. 


A discharge plan is setup at the time of admission. This plan includes a projected discharge date. On the day of discharge, the client’s treatment team provides the client’s caregivers a progress report and recommendations for community supports. The client’s caregivers receive this information in the mail within two weeks of discharge. 


County agencies, Family Care managed care organizations, and IRIS representatives refer clients to the program. Call 715-723-5542, ext. 5115.

Last Revised: January 2, 2019