For people in Brown County, Wisconsin who don’t have the pocketbooks for pricey private facilities, Brown County Human Services Department offers economically viable treatment for alcohol, substance abuse or addiction treatment with dual diagnosis support through an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) of varying lengths of time. Brown County also makes referrals for inpatient treatment.
Treatment and Staff
The BCHSD program—which typically lasts for 60 days—is individualized and entails a combination of group and individual therapy, depending on a client’s needs. Groups, which tend to range in size from six to a dozen people, meet three times a week; individual sessions are one to three times a week.
BCHSD is not a 12-step-oriented program nor does it offer detox, though it does refer clients to the local hospital if needed. Treatment for co-occurring disorders is available through the outpatient psychiatric clinic located in the same building.
The staff-to-client ratio here is roughly one-to-eight. There are five counselors all of whom hold at least an LADC, many of whom also speak Spanish. Upon completion of treatment, clients have the option of participating in the aftercare program which consists of regular group therapy offered at the facility in addition to continued individual therapy. Case management often continues once treatment has been completed and staff members assist clients tasks such as procuring employment, locating appropriate housing and ensuring that communication persists between each client’s medical team.
Though BCHSD doesn’t treat adolescents under 18 years of age, it offers an addiction prevention program to educate youths and young adults between the ages of 16 and 25 on the risks of alcohol and substance abuse.
BCHSD also provides Operating While Intoxicated assessments, which measure an individual’s substance use after they have been charged with a DUI or DWI. Following this, individualized counseling recommendations can be made for further treatment.
Clients who have limited financial means or resources will find an open door at BCHSD, a facility that prides itself on being a resource for Brown County citizens with few other options. Though it may not offer the perks of more expensive facilities, the individualized treatment is guided by qualified counselors who are committed to helping their clients succeed in recovery.
Brown County Human Services Department
111 N. Jefferson St.
Green Bay, WI 54301
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