Behavioral Health Services Information and Referral Center

Behavioral Health Clinic

Clinic Director: Alicia Carlson, MS, LPC, CSAC, NCC, CCTP, IDP-AT, ICS  (715) 638-3303

The Sawyer County Information and Referral (I & R) Center realizes mental health disorders, substance use disorders and their related problems touch many lives in our area. The I & R Center staff are firmly committed to the belief every person with an addiction or mental illness has the capacity for recovery. We continue striving to reduce barriers to treatment by overcoming the stigma associated with mental illness and addiction. 

We strive to provide treatment options that enhance people’s lives and allow them to be mentally, physically and emotionally healthy. With years of experience, our clinical and specialized services tailored to the unique needs of adults, youth and individuals involved in the criminal justice system provide opportunities to receive a full continuum of behavioral health services. Such services include individual and group and/or family counseling. From individuals overwhelmed with life circumstances to those suffering from serious mental health and substance use disorders, our professionally trained clinicians help patients cope through any stage of life with outpatient therapy based upon a trauma informed care approach.

Over time, the I & R Center developed a full continuum of care ranging from prevention/early intervention, outpatient, intensive outpatient and community case management services, not limited to, but inclusive of court services, aftercare services, consultation, and residential referrals.

Services Offered:

  • Mental Health Counseling
  • Substance Use Disorder Counseling
  • Operating While Impaired (OWI) Assessments
  • Victim Impact Panels
  • Gambling Disorder Counseling
  • Women’s Trauma/Addiction Support Group
  • Community Support Program
  • Emergency Crisis Services
  • Community Support Program
  • Prevention/Intervention Services
  • Community Service Site Placements

OWI Assessment

IDP Coordinator: Joe Bodo, MEd, LPC, CSAC, ICS, IDP-AT  (715) 638-3304

You can receive an OWI assessment at the Sawyer County I & R Center by appointment only. Once convicted of an OWI, you MUST schedule your assessment in-person at the I & R Center.  You MUST be a Sawyer County resident in order to have your assessment completed at the I & R Center.  A down payment of $125 is required.  The total assessment cost is $200. Payments must be cash, check, or money order. No credit or debit cards are accepted. There is a $50.00 no show/late cancellation fee. If you are late, you will have to reschedule and pay a $25.00 rescheduling fee.

Following your assessment, your assessor may refer you for outpatient counseling services, to Groups Dynamics Traffic Safety School, or the Multiple Offender Program. You are required to attend a Victim Impact Panel held quarterly at the Sawyer County Courthouse with a $50.00 fee. For more information on the OWI assessment process, please call (715) 638-3317.

For additional questions, please call or visit the following links:


Mental Health Crisis Services Certified Under Wisconsin DHS 34

Joe Bodo: MH/AODA Coordinator (715) 638-3304

Sawyer County Emergency Mental Health Crisis Program is available to individuals, family members, friends and/ or any person in Sawyer County. This program assists persons during crisis situations. Sawyer County I & R Center, in conjunction with Law Enforcement, provides an immediate response to assist a person who is experiencing a mental health/substance abuse crisis. A crisis is a situation often associated with an individual’s apparent mental health or substance use disorder. The crisis result includes a high level of stress or anxiety for the individual, person(s) providing professional care for the individual, the public when the individual’s available coping methods are insufficient, or those providing ordinary care or support for the individual.

Trained crisis staff provide crisis assessment primarily addressing suicidal behaviors and deliver safety responses including safety planning and connection to community supports and resources.  Involuntary mental health treatment, when deemed necessary, is also part of the crisis response to ensure safety and client rights. Law Enforcement, Sawyer County, and Northland Counseling Services (mobile crisis contract provider) work collaboratively to determine the best response for each individual, including potential involuntary hospitalization under Wisconsin Chapter 51 Emergency Detention.

Both Sawyer County and Northland Counseling Services staff provide linkage and follow-up in response to individuals in crisis involved in a crisis response. Both staffs embrace safety and resource connection as paramount during any crisis. Sawyer County staff provide court related/case management services on both involuntary and voluntary treatment ordered under Chapter 51.

For emergency crisis services, please first call local law enforcement call the Sawyer County Sheriff’s Department at
(715) 634-5213 or dial 911.  

For additional information on emergency mental health/substance use services, please visit the following links or contact numbers listed below:

Community Support Program

The Community Support Program (CSP) provides services for individuals with serious and persistent mental health disorders. The program goals are to assist individuals with stabilization within the community while improving the quality of their life. Services include:

  • Psychiatric care
  • Case management services
  • Medication management
  • Assistance with daily living skills
  • Rehabilitative and social/recreational services
  • Crisis services
  • Community reintegration services

Sawyer County contracts with Northland Counseling Services to provide CSP services. CSP participation requires Sawyer County referral and approval. Please contact Joe Bodo for any questions regarding this program at (715) 638-3304.

Women’s Trauma/Addiction Support Group

Facilitated by Alicia Carlson (715) 638-3303

As a trauma informed care approach and part experiential support group, we will explore a topic every week with questions and a related reflective/creative exercise. We use a designed process to teach women how trauma, substance use, and other self-defeating coping skills affect their lives. Participants will gain life-enhancing skills significantly improving their life quality.  Subsequently, participants are able to enhance their coping abilities through progressively becoming free from destructive habitual behaviors.

This is not a group where participants have to talk about the traumatic incidents that happened. Participants can engage in-group discussion or learn by listening. If participants want to tell their story of abuse, we will help facilitate in a slow, caring manner so you do not upset yourself or other group members in a way that feels uncomfortable.

Many participants described the experience as a newfound awakening with freedom from the shame and guilt that binds them to their past traumatic experiences.

The sessions are held weekly for a two-hour period. Currently sessions are held on Thursdays from 9:30am to 11:30am at the Sawyer County Courthouse.

For more information on women’s trauma and healing, please visit the following links:

Children’s Long Term Support Program
The Children's Long-Term Support Home and Community-Based Medicaid Waivers (CLTS Waivers) helps to support children who are living at home or in the community and who have substantial limitations in multiple daily activities. Such limitations include one or more of the following disabilities: developmental, severe emotional disturbances, and physical. Individual children assessments assist in determining funding support for different service ranges.

Wisconsin has three separate CLTS Waivers, one for each disability category: developmental, severe emotional, and physical. Some children will qualify for more than one waiver, in which case the family and their service coordinator will determine which waiver is the most appropriate source of funding for their specific child.


Billing Information:

  • Private insurance
  • Medical Assistance/Medicare
  • Sliding Fee Scale available for Sawyer County residents – proof of income needed

Business Hours:

Monday: 8am to 5:30pm
Tuesday: 8am to 5:30pm
Wednesday: 8am to 7pm
Thursday: 8am to 5:30pm
Friday: 8am to 4pm
Closed Saturday and Sunday

Sawyer County Information and Referral Center

10610 Main Suite 224
Hayward, WI 54843
(715) 638-3317