A not-for-profit community based services agency with 50 years of experience providing services for people with intellectual disabilities, autism spectrum disorders, serious and persistent mental illness, brain injuries, physical disabilities, and children with special needs throughout northern Wisconsin. We provide a variety of support services that can be customized to fit someone’s specific needs, and we specialize in supporting people to live the kind of life they want in the communities where they want to live. Current counties being served include Ashland, Bayfield, Florence, Forest, Iron, Langlade, Lincoln, Oneida, and Vilas.
Headwaters' Service Ramp Up Plan
Hi everyone! Even though we’ve been providing some in-person services (1:1 in-home, mental health and community employment) throughout the COVID-19 crisis, we feel like it’s time to restart our other in-person services such as our prevocational and day services. While doing so, we’d like to ensure our staff and participants that we’re taking special precautions every day to ensure the safety of everyone. To that end, initially we will only be providing in-person services for individuals who can wear a mask for an extended period of time and have a good understanding of physical distancing requirements.
We will begin to ramp up our in-person services starting May 26th with individuals in our prevocational services initially, and then individuals in our day services later in the week. We will support a limited number of individuals on a rotating basis so we can better manage our new practices and sanitation procedures.
Headwaters will continue following published pandemic related safety guidelines and best practices to include physical distancing, and using safety precautions such as wearing masks, frequent handwashing, sanitizing, and staying home when signs or symptoms of COVID-19 are present.
This restart of services is a coordinated approach between participants and families, funding agencies, and Headwaters.
The following are practices we’re adding and/or changing:
We realize there are some participants who will not be comfortable with our new practices and procedures, and I want to assure you that we’re actively discussing individualized plans for those participants, again while ensuring their safety and the safety of our staff.
We all look forward to the day when all of this isn’t necessary anymore, but in the meantime we appreciate your support and partnership during this time. Things may continue to change as we move forward, and we’ll continue to communicate with you throughout. Feel free to reach out to me anytime with any questions or concerns (715-369-1337, ext. 1213).
Jenny Felty, Director
Safe and Free Classes
through the WI BPDD's Living Well Project
Dear Self Advocates:
For those of you who don’t know me, my name is Ashley Mathy, and I’m a Self-Advocate and Peer Coach/Mentor through Headwaters. In this role, I’ve provided training and mentoring for other people who receive services from Headwaters on things like rights, understanding your strengths, and about getting jobs in the community.
Headwaters is part of a statewide project called Living Well through the Wisconsin Board for People with Developmental Disabilities. This five-year project seeks to strengthen Home and Community-Based Service (HCBS) systems and promote the health, safety, independence, andcommunity participation of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). Part of this project includes providing a self-advocacy training called Safe and Free. Modules in the Safe and Free curriculum go over topics like understanding your rights, knowing your community, and being safe.
We’re in the process of organizing sessions for the first Module in Safe and Free and we hope you’re interested in being a part of it. We plan on doing the sessions both in-person and virtually (face to face over the internet) for those who’d prefer that. I’ll be leading the sessions, along-side someone from Headwaters. If you are interested in joining this class, please let me or your Headwaters’ Service Coordinator know. Looking forward to working with you.
Friday, April 10 - Closed
Monday, May 25 - Closed
Friday, July 3 - Closed
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Thursday, November 26 - Closed
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Friday, December 25 - Closed
Thursday, December 24 - Closed