10610 Main Street
Hayward, WI 54843
P.O. Box 730
Hayward, WI 54843
Monday thru Friday
8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Wednesdays until 7:00 p.m.
(715) 634-4806 or (800) 569-4162
Sawyer County's State Certified Social Workers investigate child abuse and neglect (CAN) referrals according to state standards and law. The process includes home visits, safety and risk assessments, and services to reduce risk of maltreatment to children. Some cases require court ordered services, and out-of-home placements. When the child is a Native American who resides on the Lac Courte Oreillies Reservation, the case is referred to the Tribe, and the Tribe assists the county according to our written agreement.
If you need to make a child abuse or neglect report:
Call Sawyer County Health and Human Services at 634-4806 or 1-800-569-4162 ans tell the receptionist that you want to make a child abuse or neglect report. It is not necessary to give your name, but it is helpful and kept confidential.
In the Event that the agency is closed, emergencies should be directed to the Sawyer County Sheriff's Department where on-call social worker will be contacted if necessary.
Be prepared to provide the following information if possible:
The child's first name
The child's approximate age or birth date
The parent's name
The family's address or whereabouts
The alleged maltreatment to the child
Other information about the family as needed
DOMESTIC ABUSE/SEXUAL ASSULT
Services are available through a Human Services Community Advocate, who is employed as a position through a contracted grant. Referrals may also be made to (715) 638-3451, LCO domestic abuse services, and Time-Out Family Abuse Shelter, Inc. Services include shelter care for victims and their children, advocacy, 24-hour crisis line, crisis intervention. Support groups, legal services, and peer counseling.
If you, or someone you know, is experiencing physical abuse, financial exploitation, emotional abuse or neglect, contact Sawyer County Health & Human Services to report abuse of elders or adults at 634-4806 pr (800) 569-7162.
ALCOHOL & DRUG/MENTAL HEALTH
MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES
Sawyer County Health & Human Services provides mental health services to residents of Sawyer County through contracted agreements with various providers. Services include individual, marriage and family therapy, psychological testing and psychiatric consultation. The cost of treatment will vary depending on the type of service, and most are covered by private insurance, Medical Assistance, Medicare, or self-payment based on a sliding fee scale.
ALCOHOL AND OTHER DRUG ABUSE (AODA) AND GAMBLING COUNSELING SERVICES
Sawyer County Information and Referral Center provides on-site outpatient counseling. Certified counselors provide individual, group, and family therapies and may also be used in conjunction with inpatient/residential treatment as part of aftercare programming.
Services are available when an individual requires a medical environment to physically withdrawal from alcohol and/or drugs.
Assessment & Referrals
A Confidential, professional interview conducted by certified counselors can allow staff an opportunity to provide the individual with the best possible treatment services. State approved court ordered assessments are also available through the Information and Referral Center.
The Sawyer County I & R Center promotes, programs, and implements primary, secondary and tertiary prevention programs for youth, adults and families designed to impact alcohol and drug abuse. The program utilizes community coalition building of parents, educators and community leaders to offer Sawyer County residents comprehensive prevention services.
Counseling staff are available to respond to alcohol/drug emergencies twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. Emergencies during office hours are handled immediately by a professional staff person. In the event that the agency is closed, emergencies should be directed to the Sawyer County Sheriff's Department where on-call counselor will be contacted if necessary.
Educational presentations, reading materials, films and audio/video tapes are available through the I & R Center to individuals and groups on increasing the awareness of alcohol and drug in the community.
Referrals are made to outside support groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous and Alanon when appropriate.
All treatment services are confidential by law. The cost of treatment will vary depending on the type of service, but all are covered by private insurance, Medical Assistance, Medicare or self payment based on a sliding fee scale. If you are in need of additional information on any of the services listed in this brochure or would like to set up an appointment, please contact the I & R Counseling Center at 634-4806 or 1-800-569-4162, or stop by our office in the Sawyer Country Courthouse complex.
ELDERLY & PHYSICALLY DISABLED SERVICES/LONG TERM CARE SERVICES
PHYSICALLY DISABLED AND ELDERY SERVICES
Long Term Care Programs are designed to provide/coordinate services for people with physical disabilities or elderly with long-term illness to remain in their own home or community settings. All programs have guidelines and eligibility requirements. However, initial professional assessments/evaluations and plan recommendations are available to any county resident without fee. Services which may be available or recommended include:
Information and Referral Home Modifications
Domestic Chore Services Lifeline Response Systems
Therapeutic Counseling Housing
Residential Placements Transportation
Case management Advocacy
Medical Equipment Communication Aids
Community Integration Respite Care
Meals on Wheels Daily Living Skills
Applicant must meet medical and financial eligibility requirements and may be placed on a wait-list for services.
PROTECTIVE SERVICES/PLACMENTS & GUARDIANSHIPS
Professional investigation, evaluation and follow-up for individuals thought to be at risk in making decisions in their own best interest. Concerns are kept confidential. Elder abuse or other vulnerable adults phone: 634-4806 or (800) 569-4162.
ALZHEIMER'S FAMILY/CAREGIVERS SUPPORT PROGRAM
A Limited grant to help families pay for respite care, adult day care, medical supplies and/or services necessary to keep persons with dementia as community members.
LONG TERM CARE PROGRAMS
Services for adults with developmental disabilities, and children in certain circumstances, to help them remain as independent as possible in home or home-like settings.
Services may include the following:
Respite Daily Living Skills Training
Adult Family Home Specialized Transportation
Communication Aids Therapeutic Counseling
Adaptive Aids Day Services
Home Modification Case Management
Supportive Home Care
Applicant must meet medical and financial eligibility requirements and may be placed on a waiting list for services. Call 634-4806 or (800) 569-4162.
BIRTH-3 EARLY INTERVENTION PROGRAM
Program for children up to 3 years old who have delays in physical, mental or speech development. Services include assessment, treatment, parent support, and referral assistance. No fee but insurance or Medical Assistance may be billed. Contact Sawyer County Health and Human Services at 634-4806 or (800) 569-4162.
FAMILY SUPPORT PROGRAM
Assistance for families who have someone at home under 22 years old with a severe disability. Possible services include temporary care of the child (respite care), specialized equipment, transportation, or other items related to the care of the child. Eligibility based on presence of severe disability. No income guidelines, but family may pay part of the costs.
Sawyer County contacts with an independent agency to provide services to residents with developmental disabilities. Services include: Job Training; Supported Employment; Daily Living Skills Training; Community Integration (recreational and educational activities) and Case management. Phone 634-4806 or (800) 569-4162.
FAMILY & CHILD/JUVENILE COURT SERVICES
CHILDREN AND FAMILY SERVICES
Child protection workers inform parents of appropriate preventive services and other services which will reduce the likelihood of child abuse or neglect. These services may be voluntary or court ordered and could include services performed directly by agency staff or other community based providers. Sawyer County social workers can assist families with the resolution of difficult issues. They also conduct court ordered custody studies, stepparent/relative adoption studies and other home studies. Foster homes are licensed by the Foster Home Coordinator and interested persons should call the department for an application. Kinship Care is a program which serves families who care for the relatives children. Applications are made with the department and an assessment is completed. If eligible, relatives receive a monetary payment. In the event that the agency is closed, emergencies should be directed to the Sawyer County Sheriff's Department where on-call social worker will be contacted if necessary.
Social workers can advise parents of services available and make appropriate referrals to agency or community resources. The following services are available:
Assistance with family difficulties
Referrals for counseling, parenting classes
Parent aide services
Custody, step-parent/relative adoption or other court-ordered home studies
Kinship care assessments for relative caring for children
Independent Living Services for children in substitute care
Foster home licensing
JUVENILE COURT SERVICES
Juvenile charged with delinquency and juveniles in need of protection and services (JIPS) such as truants and runaways receive services through Juvenile Court Intake including:
· Experiential education
· Electronic monitoring
· Diversionary programs
· Collection of restitution/community service
· Home detention
· Supervision services
· Intensive Supervision Program
· Substitute care
· Correctional placements and aftercare
· Anger management
In the evenings and on weekends, a Juvenile Court Intake Worker is available through the Sawyer County Sheriff's Department.
EMPLOYMENT & FINANCIAL SERVICES
Food Stamps, medical Assistance, BadgerCare, W-2, General Assistance
State programs to assist low-income families or individuals, pregnant women, newborns and the elderly.
Qualified Medicare Benefits
State help to pay Medicare costs such as premiums and deductibles for limited income persons.
A reimbursement program for Medical Assistance (Medicaid) clients traveling to and from a medical provider where services are covered by Medical Assistance.
Legal help for eligible low income persons.
A Seasonal payment to help with heating costs incurred by recipients.
Day Care Assistance
Services to assist with paying for child care while a single parent or parents are employed and for teen parents attending high school or HSED classes.
Access to health care for children and parents in uninsured families with income below 185% for the Federal Poverty Level.
Work Center & JobNet
National, state, and local job listings are available.
Free workshops available to assist with job applications, resumes, job retention and advancements. Assistance with transportation.
Work Opportunity Tax Credit information, free specialized workshops to aid employees in customer services, employer expectations and more. Yearly Job Fair to help locate available labor pool.
SAWYER COUNTY/LCO TRANSIT
Transportation provided in the Sawyer County area. For information, bus schedule or fares, or to request a ride, call 1-866-295-9599.
The respite program is a two-day a week social activity program which offers games, exercise, sing-a-longs, reminiscence, story-telling, current events and other events especially designed for persons with dementia. Staff, along with volunteers, will provide individualized attention to participants in the program. Contact the Senior Resource Center at 634-3000 or 1-800-300-6497.
EMPLOYMENT/DEPATMENT OF TRANSPORTATION ALCOHOL & CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE TESTING PROGRAMS
Sawyer County provides testing services for employers in accordance with Federal (DOT) requirements. Non DOT testing services are available for both public and private employment requirements. Call 634-4806.
Sawyer County HHS is a card issuing agency for the Wisconsin Judicare program. Applications may be picked up at the receptionist desk or call 634-4806.