Opioid treatment center opens in Dodge County

The treatment center for the Dodge County Human Services and Health and Fond du Lac County’s Department of Community Programs began offering help to people suffering from opioid use on Monday. Anyone searching for help with opioid addiction can call 920-386-4851.

JUNEAU — A treatment center for Dodge County Human Services and Health and Fond du Lac County’s Department of Community Programs on Monday began offering help to people suffering from opioid use.

“It’s a great opportunity for the community,” said program director Adayta Axelson, from Justice Point, the opioid treatment center of Dodge and Fond du Lac counties.

The program was set up with the help of $666,667 from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services. The partnership of the health and human services departments in Dodge and Fond du Lac counties will provide treatment for opioid addiction in Adams, Dodge, Fond du Lac, Juneau, Manitowoc and Marquette counties. However the services are available to any Wisconsin resident

The counties are contracting with Justice Point, a nonprofit organization from Milwaukee County that promotes evidence-informed criminal justice programs, practices and policies.

Dodge County Human Services and Health Department Director Becky Bell — who previously worked in Fond du Lac County — said Justice Point is already used in Dodge County. The program funded by the DHS will be housed out of Dodge County Human Services, but will travel to Fond du Lac as well.

Axelson said the program offers treatment from start to finish. People wanting to use the program can call 920-386-4851. An intake specialist will perform an exam to determine the level of services that is needed for them.

In Dodge County, Axelson said most of the services will be offered at the Dodge County Health and Human Services area of the Henry Dodge Building in Juneau.

Bell said those entering the program do not have to have insurance.

The only services that would require people to go outside of the county for services are detox services and residential treatment, Bell said.

Dodge County services include outpatient substance abuse groups; day treatment; intensive outpatient; family education; intoxicated driver program assessment; psychiatric evaluation and medication; metal health individual and group counseling; and a 24-hour crisis services.

Fond du Lac County services include outpatient substance abuse treatment; intensive outpatient substance abuse treatment; acute hospitalization; residential treatment; relapse prevention; aftercare treatment; family program treatment; and specific aftercare for women.

“Treatment can start in two days,” Axelson said. “Detox services begin right away.”

“Justice Point does individualized service plans not just for treatment but for things like housing, employment, relationships and transportation,” Bell said.

“If someone is struggling with addiction and has no place to live, there is a higher chance that they will not abstain from substances.”

Dodge County and Fond du Lac counties both offer a safe access point for referrals and treatment. Bell said many law enforcement officers hand out cards with information about the treatment on it for those in need of help with opioid addiction.

Bell said if they are successful, there is an opportunity for an additional four years of funding.

Justice Point is open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. but there are crisis lines in Dodge and Fond du Lac counties. Dodge County has a non-business hours crisis line at 888-552-6642 and weekday crisis and treatment intake line at 386-4094. Fond du Lac County has a crisis line at 920-929-3535 and treatment intake line at 920-929-3565.

Axelson said they began with a soft start in July and already has five clients and 17 referrals.

“If you are struggling,” Axelson said. “Reach out, there are treatment services available to help get people into recovery.”

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Anyone who needs help or needs information about helping someone with an addiction can contact an intake worker by calling 920-386-4094. Those in crisis may ask to speak to a crisis worker. However, when crisis workers are not available, law enforcement should be contacted to receive help fast.