Fast-growing rates of child abuse, neglect, and
family problems have pushed the number
of emotionally troubled children
to record highs.
For severely troubled children
and their families,
St. Aemilian-Lakeside's treatment services
offer help getting back on track.

Started in 1850 as an orphanage,
the agency has evolved into a multi-service
provider of care to children and families.
St. Aemilian-Lakeside offers a wide array of
services that are goal-oriented,
community-based, and family-centered.

FAX 414/463-2770



For almost 150 years, St. Aemilian-Lakeside has focused on the care and treatment needs of children and families in the community. The non-profit, non-sectarian agency works collaboratively with its clients and many other organizations to meet these needs. Equally important to fulfilling the agency's mission, members of the community support St. Aemilian-Lakeside as volunteers, donors and caring friends.


Most of the children discharged from St. Aemilian-Lakeside will return to their families. Therefore parent involvement is important throughout treatment. Families participate with their children in therapy, on the unit and in the classroom. Social and recreational activities for families are regularly scheduled. Parent training and support groups provide families with additional tools for success.


Continuum of Care
Individualized treatment system that offers a child the least restrictive services possible. Direct admission to any phase is possible.

Phase I Residential treatment includes therapy, school, behavioral management and family involvement.

Phase II Child lives at home, attends St. Aemilian-Lakeside school and receives therapy services.

Phase III Entirely home-based with counseling and therapy services.

Customized Services Therapy, counseling, mentoring, parent training, or recreational services provided on an hourly basis. Respite available at a daily rate.

Treatment Foster Care Specialized foster care designed to provide children with treatment in a family-based setting. Foster parents are thoroughly screened, licensed and trained. Weekly therapy, respite care, and 24-hour crisis services are provided for the foster child.

Day Treatment Academic and behavioral services for children who cannot function in community schools. Referrals from school districts or Wraparound Milwaukee.

Foster Parent Education Program Training and inservice education for Milwaukee County Foster Parents. Mandatory pre- and post- licensing training includes behavior management, communication skills, and medical issues.

Outpatient Services Individual, family, marital, and group therapy. Parent training and education. Specialized treatment for sexual abuse victims and offenders.

Matrix In-home counseling and crisis management for at-risk youth in Milwaukee County.

CDT (Community Day Treatment) Day treatment services in collaboration with Waukesha County and Elmbrook Schools.

FACIT Day treatment services in collaboration with Washington County school districts.

Healthy Families Child abuse prevention services include at-birth assessment and home visitor support services for at-risk families in Washington County.

Friendships Drop-in recreational center for chronically mentally ill adults in Waukesha.

Children 6-15 are referred to St. Aemilian-Lakeside's services due to severe emotional and behavioral problems. County departments of human services, school districts, insurance companies, Wraparound Milwaukee, and other providers make referrals. Admission screening criteria and pre-admission meetings help determine placement.
For more information on St. Aemilian-Lakeside's services and admission criteria, contact John Hess, Admissions Director, (414) 463-1880.

Each year, more than 400 dedicated volunteers give their time to help the children and families receiving St. Aemilian-Lakeside's services. Opportunities include tutoring, mentoring, and recreational activities. Volunteers work one-on-one, with a family, or with a group.
Fore more information about volunteering at St. Aemilian-Lakeside, contact Debbi Johnson, Volunteer Services Manager, (414) 463-1880.

Most of the funding for St. Aemilian-Lakeside's services comes from state and county funds. Insurance pays for some services. Help from donors plays an increasingly important role in providing quality services.
There are many opportunities for donors to make a difference with a tax deductible gift. To receive information about supporting the agency as a donor, contact Ann Umhoefer, Director of Development, (414) 463-1880.



St. Aemilian-Lakeside is a
diverse social service agency
providing family-centered
treatment and educational services that
promote personal growth and self-sufficiency,
empowering children and adults
to improve the quality of their lives.

John G. Guay
President and CEO


A tradition of care and treatment since 1850