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Sen. Pfaff visits La Crosse care center to learn about mental health needs



A year-long pandemic has had adverse effects on many people who haven’t become sick from COVID-19. 

One area treatment facility, called Tellurian, has been available to help people with addiction and mental health problems. 

La Crosse County is a partner in providing Tellurian with assistance.  County human services director Jason Witt says collaboration between many segments of the community is important.

“We’ve seen more behavioral health issues, as we see the impacts of isolation, as we see the impacts of substance abuse, and some of the unknown post-COVID impacts for those who have been infected by COVID,” said Witt. He and State Senator Brad Pfaff met on Monday with staffers of La Crosse’s Tellurian care center, located near Wal-Mart on Mormon Coulee Road.      

Tellurian provides a temporary place for mental health patients and people with addictions to get treatment. 

“I think given the resources and the times we’re all dealing with, we’re doing a very good job,” said Tellurian program supervisor Tim Blumentritt. “However, it’s nice to be able to pause at times and look forward and look at what the future of mental health is going to look like.”

Senator Pfaff says the stop at Tellurian will help him develop requests for human services funding as the legislature schedules budget hearings this year.  


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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