Portage House

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Portage House
1019 Arlington Place
Stevens Point, WI 54481
Email:  portageh@co.portage.wi.us


August of 1973

OCCUPANCY:  Twelve adult males, on supervision with the Department of Corrections

PRIMARY FUNDING:  The Wisconsin Department of Corrections

STAFF:  Director, Program Assistant, two Counselors, and two Night Security staff.  We also employ Relief staff, and interns.

TYPES OF CLIENTS:  On adult supervision.  Most residents have committed crimes such as burglary, theft, drug offenses, forgery and bad checks; other typical crimes are OMVWOC, batter, domestic abuse, and sex offenses. 

Program Information

The Community & Residential Program provides group and individual services intended to address problems with substance abuse, anger management, interpersonal communication, childhood trauma, living skills, and other areas that may contribute to ongoing involvement with the legal system.  Program participants are also assigned a mentor, who will support you in setting some realistic goals and in your efforts to achieve them.  A typical length of stay is 90-120 days.

Program Services

CRP programs are developed through Portage County with the assistance of the Department of Corrections.  The Community Corrections Agent who is assigned your case may direct you toward certain areas of programming.  Your areas of highest risk (for re-offending), your areas of need, the rules established for your community supervision, and your personal decisions will all have some effect upon the types of programs you are referred to, and what benefit you get out of them.

Service Provision

Most program services are provided at Portage House or in the area near the Courthouse and Law Enforcement Center.  A case manager from Portage House will refer you to programs, review your program schedule and attendance, and address any problems that come up during the course of program involvement.  The case manager will also maintain regular contact with your Community Corrections Agent, your mentor, and program providers.

Services Provided:

  •  Room and board
  • 24 hour supervision
  • Assistance with job and school placements
  • Training in independent living*
  • Health assessments
  • Individual and group counseling
  • Recreation and community activities
  • Information and referral

*Independent living skills are taught on an on-going basis at Portage House.  Areas covered include: budgeting skills, meal preparation, personal hygiene, assertiveness, communication skills, and problem solving.  Staff provides information and referral regarding mental and physical health issues, parenting skills and recreation.  Residents participate in regular groups focusing on anger management, AODA, and cognitive-behavioral programming. 

What is Expected of Clients:

  • Put forth effort into program activities
  • Be honest with yourself and others
  • Commitment to sobriety
  • No violence or threats of violence