Mental Health

Northland provides a variety of mental health services, including the outpatient clinic.  Mental health professionals at Northland include a psychiatrist, two psychologists, mental health counselors, and case managers.  Some of these staff also provide emergency services for people having a mental health crisis.
We take Medicare, Medicaid, and private insurance, including many HMOs, as payment for mental health services.  Some insurances may require you to pay a deductible amount or a co-payment.  Some mental health services are provided through contract with the county for people who qualify.  Contact our office with your questions about mental health services that apply to you, or review the information on this website about our mental health programs.

With this service our readers can tune into a conversation about various topics of interest in mental health, to become better informed, and to offer information and opinion.  Subject areas will range across the spectrum of mental health issues in America today.  In this section we will present both scholarly papers and articles summarizing experience and opinion.  These articles will be organized by topic.  Topic areas will include a variety of broad  subjects such as mental health administration, public sector mental health services, private sector mental health services, government funding of mental health services, models of practice, schools of thought, and other serious considerations within the field.  Those who wish to contribute to this conversation may do so in two ways, one by offering articles for publication on this website, and two by offering comments to be posted on this website.  (To submit an article for posting, click here; or choose an article below, or read on).


Topics in Mental Health

Consumer Corner
Mental Health Policy Issues
The articles in this section provide information on mental health diagnoses and treatment procedures. You can pick what article interests you. The purpose of these articles is to provide information that helps you understand better problems such as anxiety, depression, anger control, or major mental illness. Extending your knowledge of mental health problems and the forms of treatment can help you manage your life better. Successful treatment in mental health not only requires an understanding of the treatment procedure, but other kinds of investments by the person being treated. This section can help the person make the decisions that are important in achieving better outcomes. The articles in this section cover many of the questions that have to be answered whenever programs are set up by agencies, or the government. We currently perform this task with mixed results. It would be nice if everyone could get better at this, but often the “debates” in the field consist of people talking past one another, or the questions remain silent. Explore these issues by reading these articles.


The basic structure of the social contract for public mental health services in Wisconsin.

For more information click this PDF

Consent for Treatment and Services

                                    CONSENT FOR TREATMENT AND SERVICES
Persons seeking outpatient mental health treatment can expect the following information from the clinic when they enroll:
1.  The results of the assessment have been presented verbally and in writing on the Initial Assessment and Treatment Plan and questions have been answered.

Caught on the Horns of Dilemma

CAUGHT ON THE HORNS OF A DILEMMA:  Living in the safety zone vs. living a  better life.
Reasons for staying in the safety zone
            Fear of being a bad person
            Social stigma
            Fear of retaliation
            Loss of material assets

Skewing The Frame

Skewing The Frame

Original Published Date: 

Are You Listening Or Just Reloading?

I think in our rush to argue and dissent these days, we have lost the art of listening. By that, I mean listening to truly understand the other person, not listening to agree or disagree, but simply listening to understand.

Huffington Post
Original Published Date: 
July 18, 2010

Cognitive Behavior Therapy: Myths and Realities

I was surprised. My first blog received so many responses, that I thought I would address a few concerns that were expressed. (They mirror the misconceptions I uncover when I give workshops on CBT to therapists who have not read the major CBT books or received formal training and supervision in CBT or watched DVDs of CBT therapy sessions).

Huffington Post
Original Published Date: 
July 11, 2010

Child Welfare and MH Specialized

CHILD WELFARE AND MENTAL HEALTH: Cross-training and Team Process

Day 3

December 3, 2003

Green Lake, Wisconsin


Jon S. Matthew


1. Mental health practitioner as specialist

The term specialist is a complex construct. The meaning of specialist is developed, rather than given, so we must consider the various aspects of this development to be able to understand what we are talking about when we say that mental health practice is a specialty.

Original Published Date: 
December 5, 2003

Green Lake Training SB and UOA

CHILD WELFARE AND MENTAL HEALTH: Cross training and team process

Day 3

December 3, 2003

Green Lake, Wisconsin


Jon S. Matthew


Original Published Date: 
December 5, 2003

Child Welfare Summary



Day 1 and Day 2 meetings

Child Welfare and Mental Health -- Cross-training and team process


I. Day 1-- Child Welfare

A. Federal Law

1. Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA, 1974)

Delineates the key principles guiding child protection

2. Adoption and Safe Families Act (1997)

a. Safety

Children have a right to live in an environment free from abuse and neglect

b. Permanence

Original Published Date: 
December 5, 2003

Factor Practice

I. Mental health professionals as specialists

A. Specializing in treatment for people with mental health problems

1. Anxiety

2. Depression

3. Psychosis

4. Conduct problems

5. Characterological troubles (personality disorders)

6. Psychosomatic illnesses


B. Diagnostic nomenclature

1. DSM IV TR diagnostic categories

2. Multiple axis system

Axis 1. Clinical disorders

Axis 2. Personality disorders

Mental retardation

Original Published Date: 
October 29, 2003