Northwest Passage’s Prairieview campus, situated in the lakes and woods region of Northwest Wisconsin, is designed for the unique needs of adolescent females and gender-diverse adolescents ages 12-17. Programming focuses on building resiliency through developing a therapeutic lifestyle based on our grounding principle The PassageWay. These lifestyle components help each young person create better emotional regulation, develop healthy coping skills, promote positive relationship-building, and provide a connection to the community.
We work together with the youth and their families to help them see themselves in a new light through experiential learning, innovative mental health interventions, therapeutic lifestyle choices, and safe relationships. Northwest Passage is a treatment community that seeks to create safe spaces for a diverse range of youth including those who identify as LGBTQ, youth of color, youth who are neuro-diverse, and those who have been misunderstood by their own communities.
Additionally, we find engaging ways to teach evidence-based interventions like DBT and SMART skills along with ARC-informed interventions to youth, their family systems, and their caregiving staff. As a way to encourage engagement, treatment might include hiking a northern Wisconsin prairie, canoeing on a pristine riverway, volunteering at the local nursing home, spending time in nature with a camera, or participating in equine therapy in the horse pasture.
PRAIRIEVIEW QUICK FACTS
Prairieview is situated on 25 acres of rolling prairie in Frederic, Wisconsin. It features a full-service cafeteria, comprehensive on-site treatment staff, classrooms, and space for lounging. Prairieview also has an on-site wellness center which includes a gymnasium, fitness center, classrooms, and an outdoor education classroom. The grounds of Prairieview offer many opportunities for experiential learning including gardens, a greenhouse, a hammock village, nature trails, an orchard, a playground, and a fire pit.
- Serving ages 12-17
- 24 beds across three units in a comfortable dorm-like setting
- 6-10 month approximate average stay
- 1:4 minimum staff to client ratio