459 East 1st Street
Fond du Lac, WI  54935
Phone:  (920) 929-3500
Fax:  (920) 929-3129
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Hours:  8 AM to 7 PM, Monday through Thursday
8 AM to 4:30 PM, Friday

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Department Overview

Since opening its doors in 1972 the Fond du Lac County Department of Community Programs (DCP) has provided a wide range of services in the areas of mental health, Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse (AODA), crisis intervention, and prevention/education, primarily for the residents of our county.  Services are offered across the lifespan, from children with severe emotional disturbance to elders with dementia.  Treatment is individualized, based on strengths as well as needs, and can occur on a one-to-one basis or in the group setting.  Professionals from many disciplines make up the treatment teams, including psychiatrist, psychologist, psychiatric social worker, registered nurse, licensed practical nurse, nurses aid, occupational therapist, certified occupational therapist assistant, and outreach worker.  Support staff include the Medical Records Department, billing, intake and reception.  DCP is regulated by the State of Wisconsin Department of Health and Family Services (DHFS).  We are funded by State, Federal and County dollars.  Most services require a co-pay based on the State of Wisconsin Sliding Fee Schedule.  Some insurance benefits are also accepted.

Inpatient services are provided on the Acute Psychiatric Unit and include mental health evaluation/treatment and detoxification/stabilization from alcohol/drugs.  DCP contracts with several other counties who purchase these services for their residents as well.

Outpatient services are provided to residents of Fond du Lac County only.

Mission, Philosophy and Objectives

Mission Statement

To provide prompt, effective and comprehensive evaluation and treatment for persons in distress in a competent and compassionate manner.  To provide specialty services to persons diagnosed with mental illness and alcohol and drug dependency.


Fond du Lac County Department of Community Programs serves as a comprehensive community mental health center for Fond du Lac County and other surrounding counties to provide inpatient, outpatient, crisis intervention, prevention, consultation and education services that meet federal guidelines and state requirements.

The philosophy is to provide to persons with mental illness, developmental disabilities, and alcohol and drug abuse/dependency prompt, effective and comprehensive intervention and to do so with competence and cultural sensitivity.


  1. Prompt and timely intervention tailored to individual needs with a person-centered, strength-based, recovery-oriented focus.
  2. Provision of services that are efficient and cost-effective as well as helpful and treatment-effective.
  3. Emphasis on optimum length of stay in the inpatient unit rather than a fixed philosophy of either short stay or long stay.
  4. Attention to continuity of care with treatment services least disruptive to the person delivered in the most integrated environment.
  5. Appropriate concern and resources channeled toward the prevention of illness rather than only the treatment of illness.