What does ATODA mean?

ATODA stands for "Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drug Abuse". I work with students, teachers, staff, parents, community members, and many local organizations to understand the ATODA trends in our youth.

I have listed several local resources and agencies to utilize if you are seeking help for your child or family related to ATODA use.

Feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns!

DCYA Data WaunakeeCaresAugust2018.pdf

ATODA Trends in Waunakee

Data received from the 2018 Dane County Youth Assessment given to middle and high school students.

For the full county report click here

How can you connect your child to local support or resources?

"University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics' Adolescent Alcohol/Drug Assessment Intervention Program (UWHC-AADAIP) in Madison is a comprehensive alcohol and drug evaluation program providing screening, assessments, intervention and referral services for youth and their families.

Teenage years can sometimes be a challenging time for everyone involved. AADAIP is a place for teens and families to receive support and guidance for the challenges that may arise."

Call them at 608-262-1111

24/7 helpline for youth and parents: 608-251-1126,

Parent Support Group: 2nd Tuesday of each month 6:30-8pm and 4th Saturday 10-11:30am

Group Therapy: Connections Counseling offers a variety of groups to meet the needs of all ages, gender and specific areas of focus. Group duration is typically a duration of at least 90 days with options to continue or become a group mentor.

Adolescent Program: Connections provides a comprehensive co-ed adolescent program for teens ages 13-18 years. It provides significant support, direction and a place to explore and develop sobriety skills and tools in parallel with individual counseling.

Opioid Addiction Treatment: Connections Counseling offers a wide variety of treatment options that can help you or your loved one reclaim their health, their life and their family. From individual outpatient therapy to medication assisted therapy to group therapy with peer mentors and family programs, we can help. The first step is a call to set up an appointment with a primary therapist to mutually establish an appropriate course of treatment.

Contact them at 608-233-2100 or

Local coalition that brings together key community partners to help make Dane County a safer place for everyone. Core services: Parent Addiction Network, Educator Prevention Network, Recovery Friendly Directory, and Community Med-drop Program.