Contact us Monday through Friday 8:00am CST to 4:00pm CST at 715-327-4402

Applying for Admission to Northwest Passage

If you would like your child considered for admission to Northwest Passage, we need to gather information about your child’s mental health history and needs. This application can be the beginning of that process. We may require additional information in the form of previous records; however, the information on this application can help us get started in understanding if we can be a resource for your child and family. Please complete this application to the best of your ability and submit it for our consideration to begin the admissions/referral process. You will be able to electronically submit this application after completion.

Sending Your Child to Northwest Passage

If your child has been accepted to the Northwest Passage program, please download the Admissions Packet. This paperwork must be completed prior to your child’s admission; however, unless otherwise directed to do so by NWP admissions staff, please do not complete this packet until your child has been officially accepted for admission to the program.

Preparing for the Transition

We want to help you every step of the way as you prepare to send your child to Northwest Passage for care. You may be wondering how often you get to communicate with your child or what you should pack for their departure? Below you’ll find answers to those questions and more. Just click on the button for the program your child will be attending.


Welcome Book and Caretaker’s Guide





Northwest Passage will develop contracts individually with parents, agencies, or third party private insurance carriers. As a part of the admissions screening process, the options for payment will be discussed.


Health Insurance Coverage

While we may be able to work with some insurance providers, the ability to capture insurance authorization and coverage for this program cannot be guaranteed. It is possible for insurance to decline coverage or provide only partial coverage. As part of the admissions process, we will review your insurance information with you. Often, insurance providers will not guarantee payment for services in advance; therefore, many families must also be prepared to pay out of pocket for services if insurance coverage is not attainable. We can discuss this further during the admissions process.


Making a Referral

Northwest Passage accepts referrals from parents, social service personnel, community service providers (therapists, psychiatrists), and independent educational consultants.

Because each child is unique and the goals and motivations for seeking treatment services are dynamic, each referral involves a screening process where the referring party can provide information about the child in need of services. This will help us determine the most appropriate options to meet your needs. Information that will be helpful during this process includes general demographics (age, date of birth, etc.) and a history of the child’s previous services, needs, and reasons for seeking services.

This direct contact also offers you an opportunity to learn more about our agency and our services.

Parents/Professionals making Private Referrals
(and questions pertaining to private insurance)

Please contact our Admissions Coordinator:
 Tanya Nelson | e-mail:


County Social Service Professionals

Please contact our Admissions Directors:
Rob Lillehaug | e-mail:
Ashley Van Thomme | e-mail: 

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