Monday, July 9, 2018


Columbia County Department of Health & Human Services embraces strengths-based and trauma informed practices. The Department is recruiting for an Ongoing Child Protective Services Social Worker in the Division of Children and Families. The Social Worker will partner with families that are referred for child protective services and will identify strengths and needs to implement services necessary to ensure safety within the family home. The ideal applicant will be able to establish engagement with families to create a trusting relationship that will promote growth and connections with the family unit. Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from an accredited Social Work Degree Program. Must be certified or certifiable as a Social Worker. Requires possession of a valid Wisconsin Drivers License and personal transportation. Starting wage: $23.924 per hour. All applicants are REQUIRED to submit the Columbia County application obtained from the County website: Application deadline received by August 5, 2018
For more information please visit us at:

Friday, June 29, 2018

Extreme Heat this Weekend

The National Weather Service in Milwaukee has issued an excessive heat warning for Columbia County and surrounding counties. Cooling centers in Columbia County will be available for Friday, June 29 and Saturday, June 30, 2018. Heat related illnesses are more likely to occur. It is very important that extra precautions are taken. Here are some safety tips.

Heat Safety

Columbia County Cooling Centers


Thursday, June 21, 2018

Synthetic Cannabinoids

Synthetic Cannabinoids (K2, Spice)
A substance often called "fake weed," "K2," and "spice" can cause severe bleeding and possibly death. These products are found across the U.S. in convenience stores, gas stations, drug paraphernalia shops, novelty stores, and online.
For more information please visit:

If you have purchased any of these products in the past month, do not use it. If you have used any of these products, and start experiencing severe, unexplained bleeding or bruising, please have someone take you to the hospital immediately or call 911. Do not walk or drive yourself. Tell your health care providers about the possible link between your symptoms and synthetic cannabinoid use.


Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Wisconsin Talks

Human traffickers often recruit youth with force or deception. They may exploit youth through fraud, abuse of power, control, and violence. Youth are recruited for #HumanTrafficking both online and in-person. Parents should ensure that their children are being safe on the internet and monitor their internet use. For more information about internet safety, visit the link below. #WI #WITalks

The Wisconsin Department of Children and Families has created an online toolkit that is a source of public information available to local communities, professionals, and other citizens interested in addressing. Visit the link below to see the toolkit. #HumanTrafficking in #Wisconsin #WITalks

If you or someone you know is in immediate danger, please call 911. If you suspect someone may be experiencing trafficking, report it.
You can also report through Polaris and the National Human Trafficking Resource Center. Call the toll-free hotline at 1-888-373-7888.
If you suspect anyone under the age of 18 may be being trafficked make a report.

Support is Key!


What is Kinship Care?
Kinship Care is a program designed to help financially support a child who resides outside of his or her own home with a relative, such as an adult brother or sister, a first cousin, a niece or nephew, an aunt or uncle, or a grandparent, among others. Kinship Care supports the concept of children residing with a relative to alleviate family stress or temporary familial problems, rather than being placed in a foster home or other type of out-of-home placement.

If you are caring for a relative child or know of someone who is, you may be eligible for financial assistance through your county's Kinship Care Program!

The three basic eligibility requirements for Kinship Care are:
  1. The basic needs of the child can be better met with the relative than with the parent;
  2. The placement is in the best interests of the child; and
  3. The child currently or would potentially meet the requirements for court jurisdiction as being in need of protection or services if the child were to remain with is or her parent(s).
Other Program Requirements:

  • A criminal background check on the relative caretaker;
  • Cooperation with the agency by the relative caretaker;
  • The relative caretaker must apply for other public assistance or benefits for which the child might be eligible; and
  • The relative caretaker must cooperate with referral of the parents to child support, unless the relative caretaker requests and is granted a good cause exemption from cooperating with the referral to child support.
  • Kinship living arrangements must be reviewed no less frequently than every 12 months to determine if the eligibility requirements continue to be met.

Monday, June 11, 2018

Free Dental Care

Free Summer Lunch

Summer Food Service Program
Starting June 5, 2018 through August 31, 2018 the Free Summer Lunch Program will be serving nutritious meals Monday through Friday at the following four locations while school is out of session:
  • Splash Pad/Goodyear Park
  • Portage Public Library
  • Lincoln Park and
  • Sanborn Park
The meals are available for children and teens 18 and younger, for more information please contact Pastor Dave Hankins at 608-742-6006, Dawn Foster at 608-742-4959 or Columbia County UW Extension at 608-742-9680.


Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Be Tick Smart

Lyme Disease and Tick Prevention
Lyme disease is the most frequently reported tick-borne disease in Wisconsin as well as in the US.  While the incidence is highest in the northwestern part of the State, it has been reported in every county.  In recent years, cases have been on the increase in the State’s central and eastern regions.  The CDC estimates that the total number of cases of Lyme disease is actually 10 times higher than what is reported through surveillance.


A warmer, wetter climate in Wisconsin in recent years has helped to create a hospitable environment for ticks. Tick survival is greater with higher temperatures and higher humidity.


Lyme disease in humans may progress through three stages, depending upon the individual.


Stage 1: any combination of the following signs and symptoms: headache, nausea, fever, spreading rash, aching joints and muscles and fatigue. These signs and symptoms may disappear altogether, or they may reoccur intermittently for several months. A characteristic red rash, called erythema migrans (EM) may appear within 3 to 32 days after a person is bitten by an infected tick. The rash is circular in shape and can attain a diameter of 2 to 20 inches. EM is not restricted to the bite site and more than one lesion may occur on the body. Up to 30% of the people who have Lyme disease do not develop EM lesions, making diagnosis more difficult.


Stage 2: (Weeks to months after initial exposure to the bacterium or after the first symptoms appear), some people may develop complications involving the heart and/or nervous system. Specific disorders may include various

degrees of heart block, nervous system abnormalities such as meningitis, encephalitis and facial paralysis (Bell's palsy), and other conditions involving peripheral nerves. Painful joints, tendons, or muscles may also be noted

during this stage of the disease.


 Stage 3: Arthritis is the most commonly recognized long-term sign of Lyme disease. From one month to several years after their first symptoms appear, people may experience repeated attacks of arthritis.


Testing: If testing is to be done, the CDC recommends a two-step process when testing blood for Lyme disease antibodies (using the same sample)

Testing: If testing is to be done, the CDC
recommends a two-step process when
testing blood for Lyme disease antibodies (using the same sample).
Treatment: Patients treated with appropriate antibiotics in the early stages of the disease usually have a rapid and complete recovery. The Infectious Disease Society of America published detailed recommendations on treatment. These recommendations can be found here:
Additional Lyme disease resources:
Wisconsin Division of Public Health’s Lyme Disease Case Report Classification
“Tick-borne Diseases of the United States- a Reference Manual for Health Care Providers, Third Edition, 2015”
The CDC has an app for health care providers that allows them to access current and comprehensive information about the prevention,
identification, and treatment of tick-borne diseases. It is available for free for both android and iOS.

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