Capital Consortium

 

Columbia County Health & Human Services

111 E. Mullett Street | Portage, WI 53901
Phone: (608) 742-9711 | Fax: (608) 742-9700

Office Hours: Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Management Contact: Carol Sjoblom - Economic Support Administrator
Email: Carol.Sjoblom@co.columbia.wi.us | Phone: 608.742.9220

(All paper applications and verification items should be mailed to CDPU, PO Box 5234, Janesville, WI 53547-5234, faxed to (855) 293-1822, or scanned and submitted through www.access.wi.gov)

Drug Testing:

CCA worker completes authorization form and sends form via email to Nancy.Taylor@co.columbia.wi.us and Jeanette.Gessner@co.columbia.wi.us. Please include the case number in the subject line. Columbia County will call the client to schedule the drug screen.  Please ensure that we have a current phone number for the client.  All drug screens are currently done at the Columbia County Health and Human Services building.  

Click here to download Drug Testing Authorization Form [Word]

Vault Card:

All customers are required to call Columbia County intake line (608-742-9711) prior to coming to the agency. The coordinator will determine whether they qualify for a Vault card. If QUEST Vault Card Coordinator is not available, please have them leave their name, telephone number and SSN, the coordinator will call them back to let them know if they are eligible to receive a card. 

Primary QUEST Vault Card Coordinator: Nancy Taylor

  • Phone:  (608) 742-9711
  • Primary email: Nancy.Taylor@co.columbia.wi.us

Backup Primary QUEST Vault Card Coordinator: Jeanette Gessner

  • Phone: (608) 742-9221
  • Primary email: Jeanette.Gessner@co.columbia.wi.us

Vault Card Pickup Address - Primary: Columbia County Health & Human Services, 111 E. Mullett Street, Portage, WI 53901

Primary Vault Card Pickup Hours: Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Site 1 Phone: (608) 742-9227

Homeless Mail Pickup Sites:

  • Homeless Mail Pick Up Site: Columbia Human Services, 111 E. Mullett Street, Portage, WI 53901.
  • Homeless Mail Mailing Address: Columbia Human Services, PO Box 136, Portage, WI 53901.
    • Open 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.. Call (608) 742-9711 for more information.

Walk-ins:

To report a change, customers are directed to use the lobby phone to call CCA or the computers in the lobby to report via Access.
To apply for benefits, computers, paper applications and phones are available in the lobby from 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
If there are requests to see an Economic Support Specialist, lobby/CCA personnel are available to see them Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m..

EBD Broker List:

Workers can release case information without a release of information form or authorized representative form to the following contracted agencies:

  • Partnership: Care Wisconsin
  • Family Care: Care Wisconsin and Inclusa
  • IRIS: Advocates 4U, Connections, First Person Care Consultants and TMG

Fraud:

All Fraud/Overpayment referrals are now done through B.R.I.T.S.

  • Fraud Hotline: (608) 266-4459 (this number can be given out to the public to report fraud tips, callers can remain anonymous)
  • Staff can contact Monica J. - Fraud Investigator at (608) 288-7136 or johnson.monica@countyofdane.com

Overpayment Inquiries:

When callers have a question about an overpayment or tax intercept, refer caller to Jessica Cooper at (608) 242-4579.

Columbia County Propery Records Website Link:

Click here to look up property information in Columia County

Good Cause Claim Coordinator:

Carol Sjoblom: Phone: (608) 742-9220 | Email: Carol.Sjoblom@co.columbia.wi.us
  • Process: client submits the claim form, and agencies have 45 days to process. Clients may receive a request for more information, or verification. Clients will receive a written decision by the end of that 45 days.

Columbia County Nursing Homes:

Click here for a list of nursing homes in Columbia County

Aging & Disability Resource Center

  • Hours of Operation: Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • Phone: (608) 742-9233
  • Address: 111 E. Mullett Street, PO Box 136, Portage, WI 53901

4 C’S:

Click here for Columbia County's Licensed Child Care Directory

Child Protective Services:

Any concerned individual can report suspected abuse or neglect directly to a local child protective service agency or law enforcement agency. Certain individuals whose employment brings them into contact with children are required by law to report any suspected abuse or neglect or threatened abuse or neglect to a child seen in the course of their professional duties.

  • Phone: (608) 742-9227
  • Address: P.O. Box 136, Portage, WI 53901

Child Support Agency:

  • Phone: (608) 742-9610
  • Address: Carl Frederick Administration Building, 400 DeWitt Street, Portage, WI 53901
  • Hours of Operation: Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Clothing/Thrift Stores:

  • Goodwill Industries
    • Address: 2902 American Legion Dr., Portage, WI 53901
    • Phone: (608) 745-0616
  • Personal Essentials Center (Lodi United Methodist Church): By appointment only. Supplies needed to care for individual family members such as shampoo & conditioner, feminine supplies, shaving cream & razor, laundry detergent, diapers, and household cleaners.
    • Address: 130 Locust St., Lodi, WI 53555
    • Phone: (608) 592-3234 or (608) 592-3480
  • Rainbow Thrift Shoppe Address: 230 W. Wisconsin St., Portage, WI 53901 | Phone: (608) 745-4489
    • Hours of Operation: Monday - Friday 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 2 p.m.
  • St. Vincent de Paul Store (clothing & furniture)
    • Columbus Location: 110 Meister Dr., Columbus, WI 53925 | Phone: (920) 623-2004
    • Portage Location: 1311 W. Wisconsin St., Portage, WI 53901 | Phone: (608) 742-5513
    • Wisconsin Dells Location: W15210 Hwy 16, Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965
    • Phone: (608) 254-4011
  • Communities Clothes Closet: Provides FREE clothing for men, women, children, and infants, some household items, paper products and toiletries, washcloths and towels, some baby products.
    • Address: 141 E. Cook St., Portage, WI 53901
    • Contact Persons: Gina Polzin 1t (608) 617-3008 and Joann Hocleutner at (608) 355-1293
    • Hours of Operation: Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 1:00 p.m - 4:00 p.m.

Crisis Services:

  • 24-Hour Emergency Crisis Hotline: Immediate counseling for people having thoughts of suicide
    • Phone: (800) 784-2433 (1-800-SUICIDE)
  • 24-Hour Emergency Crisis Hotline: Immediate help and counseling for people dealing with a Mental Health or AODA Crisis, or having thoughts of suicide.
    • Phone: (800) 552-6642
  • National Hope Line Network: National network hotline for people in crisis and having thoughts of suicide
    • Phone: (888) 552-6642
  • Drug and Alcohol Treatment:
    • Rosecrance offers inpatient and outpatient substance abuse treatment. Rockford, IL
    • Phone: (888) 928-5278
  • Alcohol and Drug Referral Line
    • Phone: (800) 821-4357
  • Between Friends Phone: (800) 603-HELP (4357) | Fax: (773) 262-2543
    • Address: PO Box 608548, Chicago, IL 60660
  • Child Abuse & Neglect National Hotline
    • Phone: (800) 252-2873 (1-800-25ABUSE)
  • National Domestic Violence Hotline
    • Phone: (800) 799-7233 (1-800-799-SAFE) or (800) 787-3224 (TDD)
  • Hope House: Provides shelter and advocacy (e.g. counseling, safety planning, legal assistance, support groups) to people affected by domestic violence and sexual assault and provides education to community members on these issues in Columbia, Sauk, Marquette, Adams, and Juneau counties.
    • Phone: (608) 356-9123 | Toll Free: (800) 584-6790 | Crisis Line: (608) 356-7500 (24-Hour Confidential Helpline)
  • Runaway and Youth Services: A program for youth with runaway and/or other at-risk behaviors and their families; short-term counseling and referrals provided to any youth age 11-17, and the family. Hotline is for children and youth, ages 11-17, (and their families) who need to talk to a counselor about issues that may put them at risk for running away. Provided by Lutheran Social Services.
    • Phone: (608) 355-4103 | 24 Hr Hotline: (800) 924-7238
    • Address: 449 Hitchcock St., Baraboo, WI 53913
  • The Concerned Citizens Against Drug Abuse: Meets every Monday evening
    • Meeting Time: 6:30 p.m.
    • Meeting Location: Gerstenkorn Building, 305 Slifer St., Portage, WI 53901
  • Tri-County MATRS * 24/7 Heroin and Opioid help
    • Phone: (608) 402-4312

Elder Abuse Prevention:

  • Phone: (608) 742-9233 or after hours 1-888-742-9233

Energy Assistance:

  • Energy Services of Wisconsin provides financial assistance for paying fuel or electric costs, and emergency furnace repair or replacement once per year per family. Specific income guidelines apply, but you can be any age, with or without children, and own or rent your home.
    • Address: 242 W. Cook St, Portage WI 53901
    • To schedule an appointnent call: (800) 506-5596
    • For information call Judie Wiersma: (608) 742-4088
  • Heat for Heroes
    • Phone: 1-800-891-9276 ** for questions or to find an application site nearest you.

Emergency Assistance:

  • Phone: (608) 742-1089
  • Address: 2875 Village Rd., Suite 200, Portage, 53901
  • Hours of Operation: Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Food Pantries:

Click here for List of Columbia County Food Pantries

Food Share Employment and Training (FSET):

This program assists people who get FoodShare to find a job through work activities and education and training.

  • Hours of Operation: Mondays only 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • Contact Person: Tracy Rasmussen
  • Forward Service Corp.
    • Address: 2875 Village Rd., Portage, 53901
  • Forward Service Corp Training website for FSET participants
  • Nursing Assistance Training for FSET participants in Portage, WI
    • Friday, September 13 | An O/E will be held; FSET participants can call the number on the flyer. Interested Non-FSET customers should be referred to FSET.
    • Click here to see the flyer.

Foster Care:

Housing Programs:

  • Housing:
    • Central Wisconsin Community Action Council
      • Phone: (608) 742-3320
      • Address: 203 DeWitt St., Portage, WI 53901
    • Renewal Unlimited
      • Phone: (608) 742-5329
      • Address: 2900 Red Fox Run, Portage, WI 53901
  • Shelters:
    • River Haven Family Homeless Shelter
      • Phone: (608) 742-7687
      • Address: 108 E. Pleasant St., Portage, WI 53901
    • River Haven Men's Shelter
      • Phone: (608) 742-7687
      • Address: 108 E. Pleasant St., Portage, WI 53901

Kinship Care:

  • Kinship Care Supervisor: Katie Day
  • Email: katie.day@co.columbia.wi.us
  • Phone: (608) 742-9234 | Fax: (608) 742-9700
  • Address: PO Box 136, Portage, WI 53901

Pregnant Women Resources:

  • Nurse-Family Partnership
    • Website: www.nursefamilypartnership.org/first-time-moms
    • Phone: (608) 742-9227
    • First-time moms who are less than 29 weeks pregnant, meet income requirements, and live in a service area are eligible for free help from a personal nurse who will come to your home to offer advice, support, and a good laugh when you need it most through your pregnancy and until your baby is 2 years old.
  • Prenatal Care Coordination
    • Website: www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/mch/pncc.htm
    • Phone: (608) 742-9227 | Fax: 608.742.9700
    • First-time moms who are less than 29 weeks pregnant, meet income requirements, and live in a service area are eligible for free help from a personal nurse who will come to your home to offer advice, support, and a good laugh when you need it most through your pregnancy and until your baby is 2 years old.
  • Click here to download Referral for Maternal & Child Programs
    • [ESS, if time allows, complete the referral form using the link below and fax according to instructions on form]

Salvation Army:

  • Contact: Angela Swinehart - Field Representative
  • Phone: (920) 980-7938
  • Address: PO Box 766, Mukwonago, WI 53149

Social Security Administration:

  • Phone: 1-888-875-1681
  • Address: Suite 100, 2875 Village Road, Portage, WI 53901

Suicide Prevention:

  • National Suicide Prevention Line: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
    • For Veterans, press 1. En Español, oprima el 2
  • Northwest Connections 24 Hour Mental Health & AODA Crisis Line: 1-888-552-6642

Veterans Services:

  • Columbia County Wisconsin Veterans Service Office
    • Veterans Service Officer: Richard E. Hasse
    • Phone: (608) 742-9618 | Fax: (608) 742-9634
    • Address:112 E. Edgewater Street, Portage, WI 53901
  • VA Hotline for Women: A hotline to receive and respond to questions from veterans, their families, and their caregivers about the many VA services and resources available to women veterans.
    • Phone: (855) 829-6636 (1-855-VA-WOMEN)

Wisconsin Works (W-2):

Forward Services Corporation: W-2 provides employment preparation services, case management, and cash assistance to eligible families. All W-2 appointments must be completed in person, at W-2 office:

  • Address: 2875 Village Road, Suite 200, Portage, WI 53901
  • Phone: (608) 742-1089

For more information on Wisconsin Works (W-2) may be obtained from the State web site.

WIC:

  • Phone: (608) 742-9254
  • Address: Columbia County Health & Human Services | 111 E. Mullett Street, Portage, WI 53901