Waushara County Human Services Director presents annual report to Board of Supervisors

Dawn Buchholz, Director, Waushara County Human Services, gave a detailed annual report to the Waushara County Board of Supervisors at their regular meeting held at the Leon Town Hall on Aug. 21.

Buchholz began her presentation by introducing the staff that was present for the meeting including: Michele Marks, Financial Supervisor; Carolann Yeska, Child Protective Services Supervisor; Dr. Toni Morgan-Jones, Clinical Services (for Mental Health clients) Supervisor; Lindsay Campbell, Juvenile Justice Supervisor; and Sue Shemanski, Substance Abuse Services. As well recognizing Paul VanderSande, Roxanne Mankowski, Greg Erickson, and Clara Voightlander, who were not able to attend.  She said that Mankowski was filling in for Kate Surprise who is on a medical leave.

Dawn Buchholz, presented specific data for each department including an average of 185 applications each month were processed to determine eligibility for state and federal benefits such as Medical Assistance, Food Share, and Child Care assistance, an increase of 8 percent from 2016.  Approximately 2,617 Waushara County households received monthly benefits.  In May of 2018, there were 4,494 Waushara County recipients of benefits, comprised of 2591 adults and 1,903 children.

•In 2017, Waushara County Department of Human Services processed 190 applications for Emergency Assistance. Eighty-six individuals were assisted with primarily rent or utility assistance utilizing Salvation Army and United Way funds.

•Waushara County Human Services provided 533 consumers Mental Health counseling in 2017 (6-1/2 percent increase from 2016), for a total of 3,663 total contacts.

•295 clients received individual and/or group counseling for Alcohol & Other Drug Abuse in 2017. Nine individuals were placed in Inpatient Treatment by Waushara County Human Services for Alcohol or other Drug Abuse (50 percent increase from 2016).

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