CrossRoads was founded in 1973 by Guy Shilts, Bob Long and Professor Dick Wagner in a store front on Main Street in Janesville. Guy and Bob, two idealistic, long-haired, baby-boomers with compassion and skills, had graduated with Masters Degrees from UW-Whitewater and wanted to make a difference. CrossRoads was one of the first State certified outpatient clinics for mental health services in Wisconsin.
CrossRoads grew, adding psychiatrists, psychologists, therapists and alcohol/drug counselors. As State Certification and Health Insurance Mandates became law during the mid-70′s, CrossRoads presence in the health care community grew and prospered.
The stigma of seeking counseling for personal, emotional, mental health and substance abuse problems has diminished a great deal in 25 years. Treatment and therapeutic methods have been refined, and related technologies – especially in the area of medication – have brought beneficial results to thousands in our community. And, Employee Assistance Programs (EAPs) are now commonly found in the workplace to help troubled employees.
CrossRoads’ trail-blazing in the use of technology began in 1990 with the development of a sophisticated computer system that manages the complex and dynamic data needs and demands of the organization, both clinical and administrative.
In 2002 CrossRoads began a new initiative providing the first South-Central Wisconsin Child-Adolescent Day Treatment Program, followed by a School Based Day Treatment Program in 2008.
And through it all, CrossRoads is still about making a difference, about helping people.
- On Board to start treatment group home for delinquents – 1st in the state to do so (Beginnings).
- Founded a drop-in youth center called the Circuit Rider Nursing home consulting in Beloit
- Taught Man Power Development Training Act
- Co-founded “Child Abuse and Neglect Network”, the first task force to address needs of children at risk
- First to integrate AODA & Mental Health treatment and services, now a common occurrence
- Partnership with Alcohab to use group home model for substance abuse; also Parkside partnership
- First Group Home for girls (“Harmony”)
- First Group Home for kids coming out of corrections (“Pathways”)
- First to enter into insurance contracts in this new age of health plans and HMOs
- Started co-dependency treatment groups and facilitated co-dependency self-help community groups
- First to develop EAPs in this area – first contract signed in 1976.
- Teaching/Internship site for Higher Educational Counseling/Social Work Programs.
- Day Treatment Programs for Child & Adolescent Mental Health
- School Based Adolescent Day Treatment Program