La Crosse Area Children's Behavioral Health Resource List - March 2015 - View the PDF Document HERE
La Crosse Area Veterans Mentor Program
The Members of the La Crosse Area Veterans Court Initiative have determined that veteran mentors working with veterans is an important relationship toward the reduction of the risks associated with the veteran’s service related substance abuse, mental health or other behavioral issues. While a stand-alone entity, the La Crosse Area Veterans Mentor Program is a critical component of the La Crosse Area Veterans Court Initiative. The La Crosse Area Veterans Mentor Program is composed of veterans trained to be Veteran Mentors. In part, this relationship results in a bond between the veteran in need of assistance and the veteran mentor.
La Crosse County Law Enforcement Center
Justice Sanction Room 723
333 Vine Street
La Crosse, WI 54601
Thom Downer (Executive Director)
La Crosse County Aging Unit - Lunch Bunch Memory Café
This group meets the last Tuesday of every month from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm, Black River Beach Neighborhood Center, 1433 Rose Street, La Crosse, WI 54603
The Lunch Bunch Memory Café is a place to meet with other family caregivers in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Once a month the café offers a chance for everyone to step out of their daily roles and share a positive experience in a supportive environment. It’s a place to listen, share and to learn from other caregivers who may be on a very similar journey. Caregivers are welcome to bring the person they care for with them to the café. Lunch and beverage provided at a suggested donation of $4 per person.
Caregiver Education: Each month a different local agency/service provider will be invited to briefly share information about their services. They will also be available to answer questions and visit with family caregivers during the café.
Arts & Music: Occasionally, art or special music may be featured at the café. Details will be announced on the monthly invites.
If you would like more information, or to be added to our mailing list, please contact Amy Brezinka with the La Crosse County Aging Unit
at 608.785.3460 or email at: [email protected]
La Crosse County Mental Health Crisis Program
Readily accessible mental health crisis services to meet individual needs in the least restrictive settings possible.
608-784-HELP (4357) 24 hours a day
Great Rivers 2-1-1 (formerly First Call for Help)
Free, confidential community information, referrals and crisis line services 24 hours a day.
Phone 2-1-1 or 800-362-8255
The Aging and Disability Resource Center of La Crosse County
Provides information and assistance regarding county services and community resources.
608-785-5700 or 800-500-3910
La Crosse County Mental Recovery Services
Mental Health Services
Children's Mental Health Program
Division of Vocational Rehabilitation
Charged with building and strengthening Wisconsin's workforce, DVR offers employment assistance.
800-523-2139 (Toll Free)
Independent Living Resources
Provides peer support and advocacy for any person with any disability of any age in southwestern Wisconsin.
Phone: 608-787-1111 or 888-474-5745
TTY: 608-787-1148 or 888-378-2198
Veterans Service Office
Assists military veterans obtain the services they need.
Recovery Avenue (RAVE)
RAVE drop in center is a safe and comfortable place for people living with mental illness to meet with peers.
1806 State Street, La Crosse
Hours of Operation M-F 9-5
NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) — La Crosse County
An organization of families and friends of persons living with severe mental illnesses such as schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, bipolar, clinical depression, anxiety disorders, borderline personality disorder, and obsessive compulsive disorder. NAMI's mission is to support families, educate them and the community about mental illnesses, advocate for those living with mental illness, and to reduce stigma through education and understanding.
Monthly meetings: 7:00 pm, third Tuesdays, September - May, First Congregational Church Main Street and Losey Blvd, La Crosse. For more information, email or visit:
Become a Member or Volunteer for NAMI Trempealeau County
If you would like become a member or volunteer at the NAMI Trempealeau County office, please DOWNLOAD THE BROCHURE HERE, then print, complete the form, and mail it to the specified address.
NAMI Family-to-Family Education Program
A free, 12-week course for family members to learn about mental illness and how to care for their loved ones and themselves.
For more information, email [email protected] or visit:
NAMI Family-to-Family Support Group
Open to those who live with and or care about an adult affected by mental illness. It is not appropriate for the individual living with mental illness.
Support group meets 2nd Monday of each month
(Location updated 04/10/2015)
Family & Children’s Center (John Burgess Room)
1707 Main Street, La Crosse, WI
For more information visit:
Survivors of Suicide Support Group
For those who have lost someone to suicide.
Meetings are informal, with no religious affiliation.
Support group meets 3rd Wednesday of each month
Franciscan Spirituality Center
920 Market Street, La Crosse, WI
For more information: Contact Nancy: (608) 769-5007 or Mary: [email protected]
CIT & CIP Wisconsin
This website contains general information about CIT/CIP, handouts, a training calendar, testimonials, quotes, a map with departments/counties with CIT trained officers, photos, and contact information. By using this site as a main resource to read about the benefits and philosophy of CIT/CIP, seeing when/where the trainings are, who to contact, and serving as the central location for any inquires, we hope to generate growth and expansion for CIT/CIP throughout the state of Wisconsin.
HOPELINE - Text “HOPELINE” to 839863
Anonymous and free text based crisis line designed for adolescents, but serving all age ranges. Quick, relevant, and supportive response from 3:30 pm – 9:00 pm. Service has access to 211 database to explore/encourage local resources. Center for Suicide Awareness is located in Wisconsin, and this service is available anywhere in the state via priority service. Supportive message automatically sent outside operating hours with follow-up outreach by service the next working day. Hoping to expand days/hours in future. http://suicidepreventionandresourcecenter.org/hopeline
Pediatric Mental Health Community Resources Quick Reference Guide - Western Wisconsin 2014 - 2015
Download PDF HERE
Wisconsin United for Mental Health
An ongoing effort by Wisconsin citizens to educate and increase awareness about mental illnesses as real and common diseases that are treatable. E-Newsletter archives can be found HERE.
Disability Rights Wisconsin (formerly Wisconsin Coalition for Advocacy)
A statewide resource for individuals, families, service professionals and others concerned with disability issues. Designated by the Governor to ensure the rights of all state citizens with disabilities through individual advocacy and system change, the private nonprofit group is part of a national system of federally mandated independent disability agencies.
800-928-8778 Voice/TTY toll-free for consumers and family members
NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) — Wisconsin
A grassroots organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for those affected by mental illness throughout the state.
Mental Health America of Wisconsin
Promotes the rights and well-being of people with a mental illness. Provides information to individuals, professional organizations and the community.
Healthy Living: Peace of Mind Bibliography
Click here for recommended reading and viewings from your friends and neighbors living with mental illness.