Eau Claire Academy, Eau Claire, Wisconsin

Eau Claire, Wisconsin
550 N Dewey St
Eau Claire, WI, 54703

Eau Claire Academy Overview

Located in the city of Eau Claire, Wisconsin, Eau Claire Academy is a treatment facility for male and female adolescents and children dealing between the ages of 10 and 18 dealing with behavioral problems inhibiting their ability to function ranging from substance abuse, psychiatric and mental health issues, educational disabilities, mood disorders, and many more. The center, which began in 1967, was a former general hospital which has been completely remodeled and is located on five wooded acres in a quiet residential area suitable for the process of recovery. The facility boasts of more than 85% of placing agencies feeling that the facility was the right fit for their clients and 94% of placing agencies claiming that they would recommend the center to another child. The treatment center boasts an above average success rate, claiming that over 75% of patients treated at the facilities met the expectations of their treatment plan and were successfully discharged. Among the levels of care, the facility provides transitional/reunification services as well as inpatient and outpatient services. The young residents at the center are also given access to a professionally operated school.

Accommodation & Food

The residential facility offers multiple programs and is capable of accommodating up to 70 persons. The center is unique, given that staff and clients can put their own personal touches in the living areas giving it a sense of home. The facility offers a 10-bed unit for male and female children and day school and housing occurring at one location. The bedrooms are either single or double occupancy and various factors are considered before the designation of roommates. The rooms are also furnished with storage space, a bunk bed, and two desks. The units have community areas for group meetings, relaxation, games, and more. The center also has a full-sized gym, a game room, a lighted basketball court, an arts and crafts room, and a baseball field. The media room at the center is equipped with a TV and clients are permitted to watch TV for news, sporting events, or a scheduled movie. Each housing unit has a phone and clients can make calls for as long as 10 minutes.
Meals at the facility, made to suit the nutritional needs of children and adolescents, are prepared by the kitchen staff and include breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Breakfast usually includes cereal and breakfast pizza while lunch and dinner options consist of beans, fruits, pizza, and burgers.

Treatment & Therapy

The center offers some treatment services depending on the unique needs of the client. Some of these are:

  • Inpatient treatment
  • Outpatient treatment
  • Transitional services

Inpatient Treatment

The facility’s inpatient treatment program is designed to be intensive and focused on identifying specific areas of needs. The addresses the behavioral, emotional, social, and educational needs of the client while teaching them independent living skills and engaging them in recreational activities. Clients are also involved in various models of therapy and counseling. Various factors determine a patient’s length of stay.

Outpatient Treatment

The outpatient treatment program is designed for children and adolescents and caters to these persons and their families via one-on-one therapy, assessments, group therapy, and many more options. This program offers individualized treatment and assists children and adolescents to easily transition from an intensive setting to one with less structure.
The following are a list of conditions treated at the facility:

  • Drug and alcohol/substance abuse
  • Co-occurring mental health disorders
  • Mood disorders
  • Behavioral disorders
  • Cognitive Distortions

Therapy Options

The facility offers various options of therapy which include:

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Pet therapy
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
  • Group sessions
  • Trauma-Focused Therapy
  • Individual therapy
  • Family therapy


Eau Claire Academy costs approximately $9,780 for a 30-day treatment at the facility but this amount is subject to change as it is dependent on the kind of treatment and level of care an individual requires. Clients are advised to contact the facility for more information on payment, admission, and more.


The facility is accredited by the COA (Council on Accreditation) and is licensed by the AODA (State of Wisconsin Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse), and many more.

Eau Claire Academy Advantages

The facility offers recreational activities such as trips to the movie theatres (movie nights), restaurants, pack activities, and so much more. The facility believes strongly in both mental health and physical health and in that, an equipped gym is available on campus as well as an exercise room, arts and crafts room, game room, volleyball court, and more.
Aftercare or a discharge plan is offered to clients who have completed a primary program and this program can last for up to three months. This service helps to monitor the student’s progress after treatment such as appropriate consumption of prescribed medication, school attendance, therapy sessions, and even employment opportunities after.
A therapy dog is also available on-site to help students with depression and anxiety, motivation, responsibility, and even confidence. The facility also offers equine therapy but this is made available through the community center.
In entirety, the facility offers well-rounded and comprehensive treatment suitable to students suffering from mental health and addiction issues. The staff works very closely with students and their loved ones, helping to provide quality care and clients seeking a facility that offers individualized treatment in a safe and structured environment will find Eau Claire Academy to be a good option.

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