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Milwaukee WisconsinThe Basics

Wisconsin Community Services was opened in 1912 to provide at-risk members of the community with chemical dependency services. Clientele historically were prone to circulating through the criminal justice system or risked being shunned from their households.

Two individuals were largely responsible for the success of the facility and their services, Ruth Baker and A.C. Petrie. Both Baker and Petrie worked diligently to create programs that reduced the recidivism rate throughout the Milwaukie area and the state of Wisconsin.

Currently, two programs are available that specifically focus on chemical dependency and co-occurring disorders on an outpatient level.

Treatment and Staff

Programs are available under the WCS Behavioral Health Services Division that focus on mental health and chemical dependency. Under the umbrella of treatment are the WCS Outpatient Mental Health Clinic, Forensic Services program, Unlimited Potential and the WCS Recovery Services programs. All programs utilize evidence-based treatment practices and the Matrix Model of treatment. All programs utilize individualized treatment approaches since each client is unique in their needs. The treatment length is dependent on the client’s progress through their program. All clients must schedule an appointment or are referred to the main office for an assessment to determine their unique plan.

The WCS Outpatient Mental Health Clinic is designed for individuals in need of dual diagnosis support. Clients attend individual and group therapy that identify the causes and conditions of their substance abuse and help clients to discover positive coping methods. The clinical staff also offer medication management and the facility has an onsite pharmacy to fill prescriptions. If a client requires other forms of assistance, the staff can provide services such as help securing housing and benefit acquisition through state and government resources.

Two sub-programs are available under the WCS Outpatient Mental Health Clinic. The Community Support Program (CSP) offers daily in-home services for clients who have an extensive history of hospitalizations and mental illness. The Targeted Case Management Program (TCM) is available in two stages: level one offers support for individuals with persistent mental health issues who need in-home assistance. Staff members work with the individual to create a safe and healthy home environment while assigning tasks to improve health, community involvement and recovery. Level two clients come to the clinic three to four days per week for an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) style of treatment. Medication is monitored as well as communication with probation officers, family members and other institutions.

The Unlimited Potential program is an outpatient day program that provides chemical dependency treatment for individuals with co-occurring disorders. Clients focus on the resolution of criminal records and familial issues caused by drug and alcohol abuse. Clients attend therapeutic activities once to twice per week and also attend 12-step meetings to support their recovery.

Clients are regularly drug tested and are required to remain abstinent during the course of their treatment. Psychiatrists and CADCs utilize evidence-based practices as well as DBT techniques to assist their clients.


The Forensic Services program is for clients who received a “not guilty” verdict due to mental disorders or mental limitations. Clients requiring services such as detox, court-ordered services or community reintegration are given specific referrals whether internally or programs outside of WCS.

In Summary

Wisconsin Community Services provides a wide range of resources for individuals with mental health issues, chemical dependency or a history within the criminal justice system. For over 100 years, WCS has provided services for an under-served population in dire need of resources and care. Through the multiple programs including those designed solely for alcohol and drug addiction as well as co-occurring disorders, clients recover and reintegrate into their communities throughout the state of Wisconsin.

Wisconsin Community Services
3732 W. Wisconsin Ave, Ste 200
Milwaukee, WI 53208

Wisconsin Community Services Cost: Sliding scale. Reach Wisconsin Community Services by phone at (414) 290-0400 or by email at [email protected]. Find Wisconsin Community Services on YouTube and LinkedIn

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