Dodge County Health Strives to Provide More Options for People in Need of Addiction Help | Regional news

Dodge County provides an additional service to prevent people struggling with drug addiction from falling through the cracks and getting deeper into addiction. The Alternative Treatment Program has recently been added to the list of available treatment options. Pictured left to right: Alisha Nelson, Director of the Dodge County Treatment Court, Becky Bell, Director of the Dodge County Health and Social Services Department, and Jennifer Beer, Director of the Opioid Treatment Center Dodge and Fond du Lac counties.

TERRI PEDERSON / Daily Citizen


JUNEAU – Dodge County has added an additional service to help people with addictions.

The Alternative Treatment Program is an early intervention diversion program for low to medium risk offenders and provides substance abuse treatment and case management services to individuals in the justice system who enter into a deferred prosecution agreement with the Dodge County Attorney’s Office. The program offers an option in lieu of incarceration, said Dodge County Treatment Court Director Alisha Nelson, who also heads the Drug Treatment Court and the Drunk Driving Court.

The drug treatment court provides an opportunity for people to avoid jail by receiving treatment and other services to treat drug addiction.

“Alternative treatment programs are for people at medium risk but high needs under the AODA,” said Nelson. “They still need an intervention, but they have other factors like a good support system, engaged in the community, whether it is a job or a school.”

Nelson has said on several occasions that she receives referrals from the Dodge County District Attorney’s Office, but also visits the jail daily to assess the needs of people in the facility for AODA services.

The programs offered by the treatment court are for people going through the court system, but there are other programs available for people with drug addiction, including the opioid treatment center. Jennifer Beer, program director of the Dodge County and Fond du Lac Opioid Treatment Center, said it serves people with opioid or stimulant addicts who are not currently incarcerated.

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