Behavioral Health

Extension promotes whole body health and well-being, including programs focused on behavioral health issues.  As professionals in community outreach and education, we focus on the promotion, prevention, and alleviation aspects of behavioral health intervention.


  • Community Resources: Looking for community resources including basic needs, mental health and substance use treatment, and recovery supports? The following local guide, app, and phone link will help connect you with the services you are looking for in Marinette County and surrounding areas.
    • Marinette Community Resource Guide: Find local resources related to crisis, basic needs, homelessness, transportation, housing assistance, unemployment, counseling, and support groups 2024 Community Resource Guide
    • rTown App: A free app that can be downloaded from the App Store and Google Play, containing various resources available in Marinette and Menominee Counties. Download  the app for either county here:
    • 211 Information: Dial 211 or visit for a source of locally curated social service information and resources.
  • Substance Use: Through a multifaceted approach, we work with youth, adults, and community audiences to help minimize risk factors that contribute to substance abuse and dependence.
    • Vaping Prevention: In collaboration with the Communities That Care Coalition and Marinette County Public Health, we offer anti-vaping community education, classroom education, educational resources, and organize community events to make people more informed of the signs and dangers of vaping, and what youth and adults can do about the problem.
    • Addressing the Opioid Crisis: Learn how Extension can partner in helping the community address the opioid Crisis We offer programs for youth, families, and adults.  We support the Marinette County Treatment Courts and Overdose Fatality Review Teams.  We also partner with the Communities That Care Coalition and Marinette County Public Health to promote evidence based practices such as Needle Exchange Sites, Drug Drop Boxes, Narcan use, and Prevention Campaign efforts.
        • Hidden in Plain Sight Bedroom: In collaboration with Law Enforcement, we provide an interactive exhibit for ages 18+ to resemble a teenager’s bedroom and or backpack. The display contains multiple items, hidden in plain sight, which may be signs of dangerous or risk taking behaviors and substance use.  Learn about the latest drug trends in our community, and what common items are being seen in our schools.  Find out where to get help, and get tips on talking to teens about substance use.
        • Botvin’s Life Skills Programming: This is an evidence based substance abuse and violence prevention program implemented in 6th, 7th, and 8th grade classes. We have trained facilitators to bring Botvin’s Life Skills into your classroom
        • Underage Drinking: In partnership with the Communities That Care Coalition we target underage drinking through various projects. Underage drinking is a real problem in Wisconsin, and it starts earlier and can be more dangerous than you may think.  Parents, loved ones, and caring adults can make a real difference through having “small talks.”  Here is a link to the small talks campaign promoted by the Department of Health Services
  • Mental Health: Extension promotes positive mental health by providing educational resources, supports, and teaching skills to recognize and provide assistance to someone experiencing a mental health challenge or is in crisis, manage stress more effectively, practice self-care, and reduce risk-taking behaviors by youth and adults.