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La Crosse County could hire full-time therapist for the jail at $55,000 salary



Position would replace jail’s part-time therapist, who’s retiring.

La Crosse County is preparing to increase its therapeutic services to jail inmates.

The county board is being asked to hire a full-time clinical therapist for the jail, at a salary of $55,000.

County administrator Steve O’Malley says he’s not aware of other Wisconsin counties providing a similar health service for prisoners.

“I do know that we tend to put more time and energy to helping through jail programming, allowing more volunteers,” he said. “And, I believe we’re one of the few larger jails that would have mental health services in the jail.”

La Crosse County has been a pioneer in offering health services and jail alternatives to inmates. 

The full-time therapist would not just work in the jail, but would also operate in an outpatient clinic run by county Human Services.

The proposed position would replace a part-time jail therapist, who is retiring this summer.

Most of the money for the full-time post is already included in the county budget.


A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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