Programs for Change History
For over thirty years, Programs for Change alcohol and substance abuse recovery services at HealthPartners Wisconsin hospitals (Hudson Hospital & Clinic; Westfields Hospital & Clinic; and coming soon to Amery Hospital & Clinic) has served western Wisconsin communities. Programs for Change assesses the whole person and identifies when alcohol or substance use has become a dependency. They offer compassionate and non-judgmental guidance to help participants.
- 1987 – Hudson Hospital began an Inpatient/Outpatient Counseling and Treatment program for alcohol and substance dependence recovery program. Key leaders included: Steve Mullerleile, VP Operations, Physician and Business Development, Hudson Hospital & Clinic; Kathy Smith, RN, and Robert McGrew, hospital volunteer
- 1988-1992 – Significant growth of the program modeled on the Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) 12 step recovery program. Group and individual counseling for inpatients and outpatients.
- 1993 – Significant financial and clinical delivery model changes occurred in the industry required the hospital to discontinue inpatient treatment services – and move to a care delivery model for outpatient growth. The program was branded, “Programs for Change.”
- 2003 – A new leader with a background in mental health was brought on to oversee the program, Peter VanDusartz, director of Programs for Change, Clinical Counseling & Social Services. A new intake assessment process was developed.
- 2008 – Hudson Hospital joins HealthPartners family of care offering greater access to a larger network of services including Regions Hospital Alcohol and Drug Abuse Program (ADAP).
- 2012 – Programs for Change celebrates 25 years of providing alcohol and substance abuse recovery to the Hudson community
- 2014 – Programs for Change offered limited services to Westfields Hospital & Clinic.
- 2016 – Programs for Change expands to the New Richmond community, located at Westfields Hospital & Clinic offering participants access to primary and specialty care, a psychiatric nurse practitioner and internal health therapist.
- 2017 – Programs for Change celebrates 30 years of providing alcohol and substance abuse recovery to the Hudson community – and moves to a new location on the Hudson Hospital & Clinic campus to offer participants access to coordinated specialty care, a psychiatrist, a Well-Being Center, and more conference rooms for group therapy sessions.
- 2018 – Programs for Change expands to the Amery Community and is expected to open later in the year – offering participants access at Amery Hospital & Clinic west campus, near the Behavioral Health Center. Additional services available at this location: specialty care, mental health services and a psychiatrist.
Learn about Hudson's Programs for Change 25th Anniversary and our history in the Hudson community.