Waushara County to provide adult human services
With the idea of better serving the citizens of Waushara County providing continual care, the Human Services Department recently began offering adult services at the downtown Wautoma office.
Having previously outsourced adult patient care to another facility, human services had been working on bringing adult clinical care to the department.
Waushara County Human Services Director Dawn Buchholz’s predecessor Glen Johnson began the process of bringing adult services to the department before he retired in September.
“With the implementation of the Treatment and Diversion (TAD) Program, I think that really pushed it,” said Buchholz.
Buchholz believes allowing the department to have control over the adult services will provide better communication throughout the department.
“We have frequent meetings about caseload size, client needs and unmet needs, and if our therapists need to talk to a Child Protective Services worker or economic support worker, we are now one agency and that is really the benefit” explained Buchholz.
Heather Kopp, CSAC, LPC, and Jim Webb, CSAC, have been hired to provide the adult services formerly outsourced to a private agency.
With the two new counselors, the department will be able to offer adult mental health counseling, substance abuse counseling, family counseling as well as care for individuals suffering from persistent mental health issues, including schizophrenia or bipolar disorder.
Kopp is duel certified as a Clinical Substance Abuse Counselor (CSAC) and is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). With her duel certification, Kopp is able to work with mental health patients as well as patients with other drug issues.
Prior to Waushara County, Kopp previously worked for Adams County Health and Human Services Department. She brings with her four years of experience as a counselor and two and half years experience working as a case manager.
Webb is also certified as a CSAC and serves as an independent clinical supervisor for substance abuse. “I work with people who have strictly substance abuse issues,” explained Webb. “I provide outpatient substance abuse services for adults. We have an outpatient substance abuse group that meets twice a week here (in the human services building). It is from 5-7 p.m. so it’s convenient for people who are working.”
Webb brings with him 25 years experience working as a substance abuse counselor. He previously worked as the director of the Appleton-based Mooring Programs, a drug and alcohol rehabilitation center with the focus on substance abuse treatment.