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Northwest Passage is licensed as a Residential Care Center by the State of Wisconsin and is proudly affiliated with the following groups:

Association of Children’s Residential Centers is “Providing a powerful voice for residential interventions through relationships, leadership, advocacy, and the promotion of innovative treatment and best practices.” ACRC was founded in 1956 and has grown to a network of over 200 members across the world. They advocate for—and share innovative treatment and best practices with—members and non-members alike to advance best practices in the field.

The State of Wisconsin’s Department of Children and Families has licensed Northwest Passage’s Prairieview, Riverside, and Assessment Center as Residential Care Centers under the pertinent provisions of Section 48.60 through 48.77 of Wisconsin Statutes. Riverside is licensed to serve residents aged 12-17 for respite, short-term, and type-2 care. Assessment is licensed to serve residents aged 6-17 for respite, short-term, and type-2 care. Prairieview is licensed to serve residents aged 12-17 for respite, short-term, and type-2 care.

Cognia is the largest community of education professionals in the world. They are, “a non-profit, non-partisan organization that conducts rigorous, on-site external reviews of PreK-12 schools and school systems to ensure that all learners realize their full potential. While our expertise is grounded in more than a hundred years of work in school accreditation, Cognia is far from a typical accrediting agency. Our goal isn’t to certify that schools are good enough. Rather, our commitment is to help schools improve.”

Cognia had this to say about our academic programming at Northwest Passage:

“Northwest Passage is an institution whose actions are highly aligned with its mission. Staff members consistently display a strong commitment to the overall well-being of students and fellow colleagues as evidenced in student and staff interviews, and in observations across sites. Throughout the visit, it was clear to the External Review Team that whole child programming is truly aligned with the mission of the organization. Each site and the organization as a whole demonstrated a dedication to individualized instruction and providing multiple opportunities for students to express themselves in positive ways and engage in the curriculum through cross-content experiences. Northwest Passage is consistent in providing engaging programming that is designed to meet individual learner goals. It is through their insight and expertise that an educational model is interfaced with a therapeutic model to create programs that teach the whole child.”

Qualified Residential Treatment Programs (QRTP) are designed for youth with serious mental health or behavioral needs. In Wisconsin, QRTP placements will be utilized only when children and youth cannot receive the appropriate services in their home of origin, or another home-like setting.

The Wisconsin Association of Family & Children’s Agencies (WAFCA) partners with organizations like ours to improve lives. WAFCA is the, “united voice for more than fifty member agencies and leaders in the human services field serving more than 225,000 individuals and families throughout Wisconsin.” WAFCA works to, “promote public policy, best practices, and partnerships that support our member agencies in pursuing their mission to improve the lives of children and families.”

Northwest Passage has achieved accreditation through the Council on Accreditation (COA). COA accreditation means that our organization’s programs, services, administration, and management have been rigorously evaluated and meet best practice standards. To learn more about COA accreditation, please visit

All Kinds of Therapy provides the most comprehensive directory and the essential facts for different therapeutic programs, schools, and substance abuse treatment options. It is a good first step in discovering the best residential treatment options for struggling teens or young adults. Northwest Passage is a member and frequent contributor to their monthly newsletter.

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