Northwest Passage’s Riverside campus, situated in the lakes and woods region of Northwest Wisconsin, is designed for the unique needs of adolescent males 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 mountain biking in the northern Wisconsin woods, fishing or canoeing the river on our private peninsula, spending time in nature with a camera, or creating projects in our woodworking shop.
RIVERSIDE QUICK FACTS
Riverside is situated on 70 acres of property wrapped around the Clam River in Webster, Wisconsin. It features three family-style homes and a comprehensive on-site treatment staff. Riverside also has an indoor gymnasium, fitness center, classrooms, and a large experiential arts building. The grounds of Riverside offer many opportunities for experiential learning including gardens, a yurt, docks for fishing, plenty of kayaks, a hammock village, nature trails, sport courts, and a fire pit.
- Serving ages 12-17
- 26 beds across three houses
- 6-10 month approximate average stay
- 1:4 minimum staff to client ratio