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Early Intervention

Community Conferencing | Counseling | Crisis Support Services  Delinquency Prevention Education | Diversion | Great Rivers 211  Mentoring | Reality Check | Runaway Bridge

Community Conferencing This process is available to Law Enforcement to have an offender, prior to a referral to Juvenile Court, participate in mediating with the victim(s).  If successful, the charges will be dismissed. Mediation and Restorative Services are available for other needs such as: truancy, uncontrollability, fighting, etc.  Contact Barb Nimmer, Director at (608)784-7322.

Counseling services for the juvenile and/or the parent, guardian or legal custodian. Many counseling agencies exist within La Crosse County, including but not limited to:

Gundersen Lutheran Behavioral Health
Franciscan Skemp Behavioral Health

Crisis Support Services

Crisis Support Services are available for children experiencing mental, emotional, developmental and behavioral challenges.  Crises are manifested in a variety of ways and can include a wide range of behaviors.  As such, persons with developmental disabilities and substance abuse are eligible to receive support and services.

Delinquency Prevention Education

A collaborative effort between La Crosse County Delinquency Services and the School District of La Crosse incorporating delinquency education within Middle and High Schools.


Alternative service routes other than delinquency system involvement that may meet the needs of youth or families in the community.

Great Rivers 2-1-1(formerly First Call for Help)

Great Rivers 2-1-1 is an information, referral, and crisis line (Support Groups; Community/Cultural Events; Parenting Concerns; Adult and Child Abuse; Housing/Emergency Shelter; Suicidal Thoughts and Feelings; Food Resources).


Caring adults and possibly high school students in the community who volunteer to serve as positive role models for youth.
Big Brothers Big Sisters

Reality Check

(Juvenile Detention program)

A program for pre-adjudicated, pre-juvenile detention youth ages 10-16. This program is a not a scared straight program, but a reality program. The program deals not only with what happens when a child gets put in juvenile detention, but also with what happens to those around him or her. A referral must be filled out by a parent, liaison officer, teacher, social worker, or other community representative. Referrals are submitted to the Superintendent of the juvenile facility, Dave Steinberg (608-785-5542).

Runaway Bridge

A temporary shelter which provides a safe place to sleep, eat, and talk to a counselor about why you ran or were forced to leave your home. It provides a safe alternative to the streets and an opportunity to start sorting out your problems and working toward more healthy relationships with family, friends, school, and the community. For parents, there is relief in knowing that your child is safe, and the opportunity to work with a professional counselor. The shelter works to reunite runaways and their families. Service available to youth ages 9 to 17 from La Crosse, Monroe, or Vernon Counties in Wisconsin. Runaway Bridge can be accessed through Great Rivers 211.

Community-Based Intervention 

CB-Think Ahead Program | Community Service | Crossfire Detention Facility | Electronic Monitoring | Family Tracking             In-Home Counseling | Independent Living Program Leadership Afterhours | LSI Assessment | Outpatient Counseling  Parenting Group | Restorative Justice Mediation | Voice ID

CB-Think Ahead Program

An intensive counseling program designed to build competencies in youth ages 8 through 14 who are just beginning to demonstrate behavior problems in the home, community and/or school setting.

Community Service

Juveniles participate in a community service work program. A Social Service Specialist coordinates and tracks community service completed by a juvenile in response to juvenile supervision by the Department of Human Services.


Crossfire offers faith-based programming for high school age youth.

Detention Facility

Secure: a locked facility approved by the department under s. 301.36 for the secure, temporary holding in custody of juveniles. 


Shelter: a non-secure place of temporary care and physical custody for juveniles, including a hold over room, licensed by the Department of Health and Family Services under s. 938.66(1)(a).

Electronic Monitoring

Electronic monitoring system utilizing an ankle bracelet and a device connected through a telephone line for a juvenile subject to an order who is placed in the community. The system can also be used as a form of Home Detention pending court proceedings.

Family Tracking

Services providing support, structure, guidance, and education in a youth’s home, school, and community. Family Tracking is a form of monitoring youth and family behavior without the use of electronic devices.

In-Home Counseling

Individual and family counseling services rendered in the home environment of a family. Many agencies provide this services including but not limited to:

Family and Children’s Center
Stein Counseling and Consulting, LTD
Family Solutions Associates: (608)787-1705

Independent Living Program

A program designed to educate youth ages 16 to 21 who have been in or are currently in alternate care placement with independent living skills. Education may include but is not limited to areas such as: Employment; Identification (documents – birth certificate, diploma, social security card, etc.); Problem-Solving/Decision-Making; Daily Living (home management, community resources, and leisure time); development of a support system.

Leadership Afterhours

Detention of youth referred for afterhours programming through the Family and Children’s Center Leadership Program. Afterhours takes place after the regular school day. Youth can be detained from the regular school environment or from Leadership School for behavioral and academic related issues. Referrals for afterhours programming is completed through a youth’s assigned school district. It is highly structured and holds youth accountable for their actions.

LSI Assessment

Assessment tool used in evaluating youth for low, medium and high risk components of their lives. Outcomes of the assessment assist in development of a treatment plan for each youth and family.

Outpatient Counseling

Counseling services on an outpatient basis taking place within a counseling agency or clinic setting. Many agencies in the La Crosse Community provide outpatient counseling services dealing with general and specific issues.

Parenting Group

In coordination with La Crosse County Human Services, Stein Counseling and Consulting offers Parenting with Love and Limits educational programming and an alumni group for parents that have completed the program. Other agencies offer parenting groups including, but not limited to:

Center for Effective Living, LTD: (608)782-5775 Family and Children’s Center
Gundersen Lutheran: ADD/ADHD Program and
                              Supported Parenting Class

Coulee Region Mediation and Restorative Justice 

Coulee Region Mediation and Restorative Justice provide victim/offender conferencing. The program helps defendants see how his or her actions affected the victim and helps the victim see that the defendant is not an all around horrible person. It makes the defendant responsible for making the victim whole again. A goal is for the defendant to develop empathy for the victim. 

Voice ID

Form of monitoring system using voice identification to verify a juvenile is home when he/she is supposed to be. Voice ID is used as a form of Home Detention, and/or as a condition to be followed per a disposition order.


Intensive Community-Based Intervention

Acute Protective Supervision Program | Adolescent Day Treatment    CB-Adolescent Group | In-Home Counseling | Leadership | Sanctions  Transportation | Wraparound 

Acute Protective Supervision Program Services youth who are adjudicated delinquent and are considered medium to high risk for out-of-home care, correctional placements or unable to remain in placement within La Crosse County. Youth involved require more acute supervision and focus on increasing protective factors. The program is highly structured, monitors youth in the community, at home, and at their home environment. Youth are held accountable for their behavior on a present and consistent basis.
Adolescent Day Treatment For students who need additional counseling or clinical attention involving group and individual therapy. Day Treatment is typically on a half day basis in coordination with area schools in which the remaining half day is spent in the school setting.
Family and Children's Center
Franciscan Skemp
Anger Management Anger management services can be utilized through various treatment options such as individual and/or family counseling and group programming. Many agencies in the La Crosse Community offer counseling options and some provide group treatment. See outpatient counseling and in-home counseling for links to agencies offering services. Also, see CB-Think Ahead Program, CB-Adolescent Group, and Adolescent Day Treatment as anger management treatment providers.
CB-Adolescent Group An intensive counseling program designed to build competencies for out-of-control youth ages 12 to 17. This program focuses on youth decision making process and takes them step by step through making decisions that are socially acceptable rather than making decisions on what feels best at the moment. 
In-Home Counseling Counseling services administered in the home environment to a juvenile in need of protection or services and parent/legal custodian/legal guardian. (See Community-Based Intervention Section).
Sanctions If a juvenile who has been adjudged delinquent violates a condition of a Formal Delinquency Court Order, the court may impose on the juvenile any of the sanctions (consequences) under 938.355(6)(d): Secure or Shelter placement for up to 10 days per each violation; Home Detention up to 30 days; Community Service hours up to 25; and suspension of driving privileges.
Transportation Transportation may be available to clients. Clients must be determined eligible and the transportation must be deemed necessary. Transportation assistance may include bus passes and other transportation services within the community.
Wraparound Alternative resources for needed services not available in the community. Circumstances must be specific. Funding regarding Wraparound is minimal. An example for a Wraparound request could be: Arrangement/Payment for a youth to visit their parent in a correctional facility outside the community.


Alternate Care | AODA Inpatient | Challenge Academy | Corrections  Mental Health Inpatient | Residential Treatment | SPRITE Program

Alternate Care Foster Care, Treatment Foster Care, Group Home, Child Caring Institute (CCI/Residential Treatment), and Juvenile Corrections.
AODA Inpatient Alcohol and other Drug Abuse Inpatient treatment is possible in voluntary and involuntary situations. Involuntary circumstances involve the Court System and Court Intervention Services through the Department.
Challenge Academy The Challenge Academy is a 17-month program for young men and women ages 16.9 years of age through 18. The program involves a 22-week residential phase at Fort McCoy followed by a 12-month Mentored Post-Residential phase. It has 8 core components: Academic Excellence; Job Skills; Physical Fitness; Leadership/Followership; Health and Hygiene; Life Coping Skills; Responsible Citizenship; Service to the Community.
Corrections A juvenile can be placed in a secured correctional facility if the juvenile is adjudicated delinquent for the commission of an act which if committed by an adult would be punishable by a sentence of 6 months or more. The juvenile has been found to be a danger to the public and to be in need of restrictive custodial treatment.

Wisconsin Department of Corrections

Mental Health Inpatient Mental Health InPatient service is possible in appropriate circumstances, and would need to involve the Court System and Court Intervention Services through the Department under involuntary conditions.
Residential Treatment Residential care center for children and youth operated by a child welfare agency licensed under 48.60 for the care and maintenance of person residing in that facility.


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