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Burnett County Meth Diversion Program

The Vision of Burnett County Meth Diversion Program is to assist all participants in the recovery process.

Program Overview
Meth Diversion is an intensive program that closely monitors participants while they are active in treatment services. Monitoring will include random drug screens, weekly face to face meetings with case worker and correspondence with probation, mental health and child protective services.

The purpose of the Meth Diversion Program is to deliver a comprehensive, multi-agency, evidence-based service for adults with methamphetamine addiction. The program is designed to give offenders the skills needed to combat their addiction and become productive members of society. Rather than focusing on prosecution and incarceration, the program’s goal is to encourage treatment and sobriety.

Participants are required to attend group sessions, individual therapy, follow court orders, maintain sobriety and be available for random drug testing. Participants must contribute to the expense of the program and are required to pay a $250 program fee and any costs associated with treatment programming.

Understanding Methamphetamine Addiction
Methamphetamine (meth) is a highly addictive stimulant that typically is smoked or injected.

Methamphetamine addiction typically occurs when a person begins to use it because of its powerful enhancing effects on mood and energy, weight loss and appetite suppression, among its other psychological and physical effects. Over time effectiveness decreases, and users find that they need to take higher doses to get the same results and have far greater difficulty functioning and experiencing pleasure without the drug than they did before. Many users report becoming an addict from their first use, marking its high affinity for a spiral of debilitating addiction and labelling as a "hard drug."

Long term use of meth may cause mood disturbances, violent behavior, anxiety, confusion, insomnia, and severe dental problems.

Please call to get help, there is hope.

Participant Criteria
• Methamphetamine use.
• Be involved in the criminal justice system, or
• Be involved with Child Protective Services, or
• May be referred by family or school, or
• Self-referred
• Must have a desire to discontinue the use of methamphetamine.

Victim ~ Offender Conferencing

What is Victim Offender Meditation?

Victim Offender Mediation (VOM) is one of the clearest expressions of that restorative justice is.

Victim Offender Conferencing is a process which provides interested victims of crime the opportunity to meet the offender in a safe and structured setting, with the goal of holding the offender directly accountable for their behavior while providing important assistance and compensation to the victim.

With the assistance of a trained facilitator, the victim is able to let the offender know how the crime affected them, to receive answers to the questions they may have, and to be directly involved in developing a restitution plan for the offender to be accountable for the losses they incurred. The offender is able to take direct responsibility for their behavior, to learn the full impact of what they did, and to develop a plan for making amends to the person they violated.

Adapted from Fact Sheet: Victim Offender Mediation by Dr. Mark S. Umbreit, the University of Minnesota.

What we have learned from research…

  • Victims of crime who meet with their offender are far more likely to be satisfied with the justice system response than are similar victims who go through the normal court process without Victim Offender Conference opportunities.
  • After meeting the offender, victims are significantly less fearful of being re-victimized.
  • Offenders who meet their victim(s) are far more likely to successfully complete their restitution obligations and to be directly accountable to the victim for their behavior.
  • Considerably fewer and less serious crimes are committed by offenders who meet their victim(s).

Victim Offender Conferencing…

…Provides the victim of a crime the opportunity to meet the offender in a safe and structured setting.

…Holds the offender directly accountable for their behavior.

…Allows the offender to take direct responsibility for their behavior.

Who can I contact If I am interested in becoming a facilitator for Victim Offender Conferencing?

Contact a staff member of Restorative Justice of Northwest Wisconsin, Inc.

Click here to download the Referral to Program form.

Victim Impact Panel Program

Victim Impact Panels (VIP) consist of victims, survivors and offenders who are willing to share their stories.  The speakers speak to a group of OWI offenders the impact drinking and driving has had on their lives.


  • Helps offenders understand the impact of their crimes on victims and communities.
  • Provides victims with a structured, positive outlet to share their personal experiences and to educate the offender, justice professionals and community about the physical, emotional, and financial consequences of their crime.
  • The panel does not blame or judge offenders in the audience but attempts to affect the them on an emotional level.
  • Listening to personal accounts of drunk driving tragedies help offenders realize the dangers and consequences of their behavior.

Benefits for the Offender

Attending a Victim Impact Panel:

  • allows offenders, perhaps for the first time, to consider the pain and suffering impaired driving can cause other people
  • helps offenders move beyond being “stuck” in focusing on their own “bad luck”
  • serves as a first step in breaking the denial of alcoholics or those addicted to other drugs
  • imprints images of real people in offenders’ minds that will replay when drinking and driving is considered at some future point
  • changes behavior and saves lives

Benefits for the Victim

  • Victims may find that telling their stories lightens their personal pain, which promotes their own healing process.
  • They can experience something positive from a previously devastating event.
  • They may believe that by telling their stories, they may prevent some other family from suffering a similar victimization.

Frequently asked questions…

United Way St. Croix Valley supported

Community Service Program

Community service is sanctioned work performed by an offender for the benefit of the community. The emphasis of community service is not on punishment or rehabilitation but strives to place the accountabilitycs on the offender. Restitution repairs the hard to the individual, community service repairs the hart to the entire community. Community service can be alternative to incarceration for non-violent offenders. It can also be used to reduce the burden of overcrowding in the jail while saving tax payer dollars. The community service program serves the Burnett County Circuit Court and the Department of Health and Human Services.

To be considered as a worksite you must meet one of the following criteria:

Governmental agency
Senior Citizen
Individual with disabilities

Restorative Justice provides worksites, monitors the workers, and tracks the hours worked for those who participate. The program promotes volunteerism, while the participant works to repair the harm they have caused to the victim and the community.

Benefits of Community Service:

The services preformed provide a significant benefit to governmental and non-profit organizations.
Reduces jail overcrowding and out of county placement, thus reducing the cost to the county tax payers.
Gives the offender the opportunity to repair the harm they have caused.
Increases offender’s work and social skills to become more employable.
Offers the offender an opportunity to build connection with community members.

Youth Community Service

Restorative Justice will also place students who are in of community service hours for graduation requirements. These students are never placed at the same location where incarcerated participants are working.


Youth Educational Shoplifting (Y.E.S.) Program

The Y.E.S. Program is an offense-specific Education Home Study and Individual Instruction Program offered by the National Association for Shoplifting Prevention (NASP). The Y.E.S. Program helps juveniles see how shoplifting affects their lives. It teaches youth how much they risk for a small reward, and helps them to learn how to deal with temptation when they want nice things, or feel pressured by friends.

The Y.E.S. Program gives kids caught shoplifting a better chance for a successful  future. After completing the Y.E.S. Program, 97% of juveniles do not repeat the shoplifting offense.

Frequently asked questions…

Why was I referred to Y.E.S.?

You were referred to complete the Y.E.S. program because you are a first time petty theft offender.

How much does the Y.E.S. Program cost?

$75.00 must be paid in CASH upon registration into the program.

What can I do if I misplace or lose my workbook and/or CD?

If you lose, misplace or damage the workbook and/or CDs, contact the Restorative Justice Director of Programming immediately. You will be charged a replacement fee of $39.00.

What if I fail to attend the Y.E.S. program?

If you do not complete any part of this program then your case can be rejected from the Restorative Justice Program and returned to the referring agency for further law enforcement actions.

What happens when I successfully complete the two work assignments?

Upon successful completion you will be given a Certificate of Completion and Restorative Justice Response will notify your referring agency of your completion of the Y.E.S. Program.

Alcohol and Other Drugs of Abuse Program (AODA)

What is the “Abuse or Addiction journaling" program?

Journaling is an innovative, interactive curriculum created to reduce high-risk behaviors. It is an approach to youth education designed to provide facts, tools and support for those dealing with alcohol and other drug related violations. Individuals learn personal responsibility and practice making positive, long lasting behavior changes.

Promotes changes in attitudes and behavior. Encourages the sharing of honest feelings, opinions, and experiences.

A Journaling Curriculum Presented in a Circle

The program is structured to be interactive and takes place in a circle meeting style. Small group discussions center around specific pages of the Choice Curriculum with participants sharing their responses with other peers and receiving feedback. Community members are also in the circle offering their life experiences. A key recovery speaker from the community share the story of their own high risk behaviors and how it has affected their life.

The basic premises of the program are . . .

• People can change their behavior if they have the motivation and the tools.
• Participants are responsible for the choices they make. This program can help participants to make informed decisions.
Interactive group process help to facilitate change

The program objectives:

• Participants examine the connection between situations and the ability to choose how they will respond.
• Participants learn the law and penalties that relate to alcohol and other drugs.
• Participants explore high risk situations associated with drugs and alcohol.
• Participants consider how alcohol and/or other drug use has affected their behavior, health, school/work performance and relationships.
• Participants develop a plan to avoid future problems with alcohol and other drugs.

About Operation Safe Exchange


Child exchanges can be a tense time for families. Children deserve to see both parents and have a conflict free safe exchange. OSE can make these exchanges tension and stress free. It offers a safe and neutral location for the exchange. The exchange is conducted by a trained staff member or volunteer. Times and dates are prearranged (often through court order). The exchange is conducted at the Burnett County Sheriff’s Office. The children, their belongings and any required information is given to each parent though the facilitator.

There is a $5 fee per exchange. This is the responsibility of each parent and is to be paid at the time of the exchange.



What is distracted driving?

Distracted driving is any activity that could divert a person’s attention away from the primary task of driving. All distractions endanger driver, passenger, and bystander safety.

Distraction-affected crashes are preventable. Distracted driving does not just happen – it is a choice. Working together, we can all help reduce driver distraction, save lives and prevent injuries.

Types of distractions include . . .

• Texting (because text messaging requires visual, manual, and cognitive attention from the driver, it is by far the most alarming distraction)
• Using a cell phone or smartphone
• Eating and drinking
• Talking to passengers
• Grooming
• Reading, including maps
• Using a navigation system
• Watching a video
• Adjusting a radio, CD player or MP3 player


Teen Driving

Automobile crashes account for over thirty-six percent of teen deaths each year and are the leading cause of death for teens under 18.  In the United States, 1 in 4 crashes involve someone from 16 to 24 years old - this is nearly twice as high as other age groups. The top five reasons for teen driving  accidents are: inexperience, distraction, speed skills, fatigue and absence of seat belts.

In response to the growing need to prepare teens to be safe, effective drivers, Restorative Justice has partnered with local law enforcement to establish Teen Driving  Circles for youth ages 15-19. Law enforcement will be giving teen drivers an opportunity to forgo the first traffic offense by attending an educational program at  Restorative Justice. This will give teen drivers the opportunity to receive more education about distracted driving and the importance of traffic laws.

Things to consider . . .

The 3 most significant risk factors in vehicular crashes for passengers 8-17 are:

· Riding with young drivers (ages 16-19).
· Riding on high speed roads.
· Riding without seatbelts.


Sending or receiving a text takes a driver’s eyes from the road for an average of 4.6 seconds, the equivalent – at 55 mph – of driving the length of an entire football field, blind.


Teen Driving Statistics

  • Motor vehicle crashes are the number one killer of teens.
  • Thirty-one percent of drivers ages 15 to 20 who were killed in motor vehicle crashes in 2007 had been drinking some amount of alcohol; twenty–six percent were alcohol-impaired.
  • Teens consider sending text messages their biggest distraction.
  • Thirty-seven percent of surveyed teens said text messaging was extremely or very distracting.
  • Twenty percent are distracted by their emotional status.
  • Nineteen percent said that having friends in the car was distracting.
  • Ten percent of all drivers 15 to 19 years old involved in fatal crashes were distracted at the time of the crash.
  • Thirty-five percent of both 15- to 20-year old and 21- to 24-year old male drivers who were involved in fatal crashes were speeding at the time of the crash, compared to twenty-one percent of female drivers of the same age groups.