Northwest Journey

Children's Mental Health Day Treatment

Northwest Journey provides a community-based treatment option by offering comprehensive intervention and preventative services aimed at preventing out of home placements and creating family stability and individual success.  In addition, Northwest Journey provides therapeutic support services for children, adolescents, and families transitioning back to the community from out-of-home placements.

Consider Northwest Journey when:

  • Counseling and therapeutic intervention is necessary beyond weekly outpatient visits.
  • A child or adolescent’s behaviors and/or emotions lead to situations not sufficiently managed at home, in school or in the community.
  • Current or previous treatment is not meeting the needs of the child, adolescent, or family.
  • Discharge from an inpatient hospital, residential, or group home setting is imminent, and intensive treatment is needed to maintain treatment gains, or to further treatment outcomes.
  • A child or adolescent’s behaviors or other mental health issues are impeding success.

Qualifications and Certification

Northwest Journey is a certified children’s mental health day treatment program in accordance with DHS 40. We have Psychologists, Registered Nurses, Psychotherapists, and Mental Health Professionals working as a team to lead the treatment process.

Northwest Journey offers in-person and tele-psychiatry when we are unable to get psychiatric services within the community. No other children’s day treatment offers this service.

Therapeutic Services

Northwest Journey consistently uses evidence-informed practices to provide high quality and effective mental health treatment to youth in our program. Our individualized and family centered treatment plans and approaches are developed with a strength-based and trauma-informed perspective.

The supportive and therapeutic environment, along with the treatment services we employ,  enable the child and family to develop positive relationships, learn new and healthy skills, and make positive changes.  Each child has an individualized treatment plan which allows us to tailor treatment services to meet his or her specific needs.

We draw on the strengths and coping skills children and families bring to the treatment process to help facilitate change and enhance healthy skills and relationships, which results in a more productive and satisfying life experience.

With children, behaviors are a method of communication. Because many of the children we see don’t have the ability to verbalize their emotions and process them effectively, they often use behaviors as a means of communicating their needs or in order to cope with their experiences and views of the world.  We must listen to the child, seek to understand their behaviors, validate their needs, and address the behaviors.  This process is critical in order to promote a comprehensive understanding of the child and his or her needs and a fully attentive treatment process that meets the child and family where they are.

Our clinical analysis looks at a child’s chronological age and development, intellectual age and development, and emotional age and development.  A child’s individual experiences, personal characteristics, learning styles, intellectual abilities, maturity, etc. all influence the child and his/her needs and development.

We use our clinical knowledge and experience to examine the child and family’s history and current status to determine a comprehensive, individualized, clinical, evidence-informed approach that addresses the needs of the child and his or her family.

Therapeutic services include:

  • Individual Counseling – Individual counseling sessions are conducted regularly with each client to work on specific identified issues.
  • Family Counseling – Family counseling focuses on the specific needs of the child within the family.
  • Group Counseling – Groups are conducted throughout each day targeting the issues of each client, group goals, and skill building.  Groups are facilitated in discussion, educational, and experiential formats on such topic areas as living skills, errors in thinking, human development, anger management, communication, self-esteem, and alcohol and other drug issues.
  • Family Services – Group sessions are conducted to target family issues such as communication, family relations, children of divorce, and drug and alcohol abuse issues within the family.  Meetings with parents, families or alternative care providers are facilitated to assist families in a supportive and therapeutic manner.
  • Educational Services – Educational services are provided by an Educational Coordinator in a tutorial format for approximately one hour each day. Northwest Journey works collaboratively with the local school districts to coordinate the educational programming and to facilitate re-integration into the school system.
  • Coordination of Care – We partner with families and other providers to coordinate services.  Our goal is to create efficiencies and work together to increase the effectiveness of treatment.
  • Transitional Services – We recognize that transitions can be difficult for children and families.  We examine the clinical needs of the child and develop an individualized transition plan to address those needs.  We work with counties, schools, and families to develop and implement the plan.

Program Schedule

Northwest Journey works in cooperation with local schools and counties to provide an intensive community-based treatment alternative.  We meet youth where they are by providing half or full-day program options.

Our half and full day programming options provide the least restrictive treatment opportunity for each child. If a child is doing well in the education setting, we want him/her to continue with that success.


Northwest Journey provides or helps to arrange transportation to and from the program, we can transport individuals 60 miles or more to our sites.  Northwest Journey transportation enhances the treatment process because transportation services are provided by staff hired and trained by Northwest Journey.  Our transportation staff understand the unique needs of children and can both respond to a client’s needs in a manner consistent with his or her treatment plan as well as communicate with site staff regarding any treatment concerns that arise during transportation times.


Third party payers (Private Insurance or Medical Assistance) fund over 95% of our clients.

Unless an agreement is signed with NW Journey, we will not bill you for our services.

Our business department will work with referral agencies and families to determine and develop coverage plans.

Making a Referral

Northwest Journey accepts referrals from parents, social service personnel, community service providers (therapists, psychiatrists), and schools.

Because each child and family is unique and the goals and motivations for seeking treatment services are dynamic, each referral involves a screening process where the referring party can provide information about the child in need of services. This will help us determine the most appropriate options to meet his/ her needs. Information that will be helpful during this process includes general demographics (age, date of birth, etc.), a history of the child’s previous services, needs, and reasons for seeking services.

Referral Form

For additional referral or admissions information please contact Northwest Journey program personnel directly. This direct contact also offers you an opportunity to learn more about our agency and our services.  We welcome family visits within our programs.

Contact us by location:

PO Box 167
1096 Apple Avenue
Amery, WI 54001
Phone: (715) 268-5404
Fax: (715) 268-6103
Program Coordinator: Amy Wallin
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Black River Falls
N6643 County Road A
Black River Falls, WI 54615
Phone: (715) 284-1100
Fax: (715) 284-1145
Program Coordinator: Jen Steinke
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Green Bay/De Pere
300 S. Sixth Street
De Pere, WI 54115
Phone: (920) 336-8960
Fax: (920) 336-8963
Program Coordinator: Jennifer Sovey-Fahey
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16092 U.S. Highway 63
Hayward, WI 54843
Phone: (715) 699-1241
Fax: (715) 699-1243
Program Coordinator: Curtis Emerson
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402 Technology Drive East
Menomonie, WI 54751
Phone: (715) 235-4245
Fax: (715) 235-4421
Program Coordinator: Justine Girard
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P.O. Box 388
7670 Johnson Street
Siren, WI 54872
Phone: (715) 349-2829
Fax: (715) 349-2737
Program Coordinator: Curtis Emerson
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Stevens Point
525 4th Avenue
Stevens Point, WI 54481
Phone: (715) 342-8065
Program Coordinator: Laura Kowalski
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Waupaca County
310 East Main Street
Weyauwega, WI 54893
Phone: (920) 867-4744
Fax: (920) 867-4213
Program Coordinator: Laura Kowalski
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2805 Emery Drive
Wausau, WI 54401
Phone: (715) 675-5454
Fax: (715) 675-0545
Program Coordinator: Amy Marthaler
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Wisconsin Rapids
110 24th Street South
Wisconsin Rapids, WI 54494-1906
Phone: (715) 424-5040
Fax: (715) 424-5720
Program Coordinator: Laura Duckett
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Admissions Paperwork

Prior to admission to day treatment services, a comprehensive mental health assessment is completed as part of the screening process. The assessment process includes a review of records from previous providers. Prior to completing an assessment please complete the assessment paperwork (link below) and submit to the Northwest Journey program to which you are referring.

Assesment Paperwork

If your child is being admitted to a Northwest Journey program, there is paperwork that needs to be completed. Please select and click the document link below to download the admissions PDF file. It is helpful for the program to receive the completed paperwork and recieve as much information as possible about your child and your family’s needs.

Admissions Paperwork