School-Based | Substance Abuse Specialty
B.A. in Women's Studies with a concentration in Psychology; UW-Madison, Madison, WI
M.S. in Counseling; University of Vermont, Burlington, VT
Jodi has over 18 years of experience supporting the behavioral health needs of children, adolescents, and their families in community, school, and clinic settings. She develops safe and trusting relationships with individuals and their families through the therapeutic process so that they can celebrate their strengths, cultivate skill development, and strengthen their relationships to achieve their goals.
Her work in school settings provides an opportunity to work within an academic support system in a familiar environment where kids spend much of their time. She believes meaningful communication about a child’s concerns and successes can more readily occur in their natural environment, thus improving outcomes. “I believe it is an honor to support children and families on their path toward improved well-being.”
Jodi loves to spend time with her family on her hobby farm, where she and her husband raise chickens and goats. She enjoys the outdoors and when she has free time, she likes to ski, camp, garden, kayak, and fish with her family.
Fort HealthCare and its Foundation, in partnerships with the Fort Atkinson Community Foundation, Jefferson County Human Services, and Jefferson, Fort Atkinson, and Whitewater School Districts, recognized a need to collaborate and help high school-aged youth in the community be able to receive behavioral health counseling services starting in the school setting. The program can help students with various behavioral health challenges, with the intention of helping students establish a continuum of care beyond their graduation date.
Working as a team, an Integrated Behavioral Health Provider (IBHP) and your Primary Care Provider (PCP) consider the physical, behavioral, social and emotional aspects of your health and help you determine a course of action that will work best for you.
Fort HealthCare’s IBHPs are psychologists or licensed clinical social workers that understand the connection between the mind, body and spirit, as well as the impact of these areas on a person’s health. They can help you and your PCP develop treatment plans for smoking cessation, unhealthy eating, physical inactivity, alcohol use, or other necessary lifestyle changes. The IBHP can also help you to develop skills to effectively manage social, emotional or behavioral difficulties.
The new program will provide more immediate, solution-focused strategies to address behavioral health needs, offer continued access to psychiatric services and improved communication and coordination of care between primary care clinicians, mental healthcare providers and agencies. Most important, we believe this program offers improved overall health for our patients by delivering preventive and acute behavioral health care in the most effective manner.
Our board certified psychiatrists provide assessment, evaluation and treatment for individuals with a variety of mental health needs. Psychiatrists are medical physicians who specialize in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mental illnesses including substance abuse and addiction. They are uniquely qualified to assess both the mental and physical aspects of psychological conditions. Because they are medical doctors they may also determine if there is a need for medication to restore imbalances in body chemistry that are often contribute to your mental health and well-being.
Created by the Dodge Jefferson Healthier Community Partnership and the City of Watertown Department of Public Health
Created by the Jefferson County Drug Free Coalition
500 McMillen Street
Fort Atkinson WI, 53538