Adolescent Treatment Center of Winnebago (ATCW)

Adolescent Treatment Center


ATC is located in the rural community of Winnebago, Minnesota. It is a 24-bed facility geared to provide primary residential treatment for mental health and substance use to both young men and women 12 to 18 years of age. A resident’s treatment stay can last from 40 to 50 days. Our program is
based on the 12-step model of recovery as well as other evidenced-based modalities that have proven effective with adolescents.  Specific services provided include but are not limited to:

  • Individual Sessions
  • Lectures
  • Recovery Groups
  • Peer-Led Recovery Groups
  • Gender Specific Groups
  • Relapse Prevention
  • Pre-Admission Screening
  • On-site instruction by state licensed teachers
  • Recreational therapy
  • Individualized family programming
  • Mental Health Groups
  • DBT Groups
  • Medallion Ceremony


Program Philosophy

Co-occurring Disorder is a condition characterized as having at least one mental health related problem as well as a substance use problem. It damages an individual’s family, education, legal status, financial stability, physical and mental health, reputation and life. This condition is progressive and so the symptoms become more severe the longer the problem goes untreated. The goal of treatment is to assist and support the resident’s efforts to alter their harmful pattern of chemical use.

Co-occurring Disorder is a treatable condition with a potential for achieving continued abstinence/ sobriety. ATC’s treatment includes the Twelve (12) Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous, Rationale Recovery, and Holistic approaches, etc. These fundamental steps are integrated throughout the treatment program and supplemented with other theoretical approaches and strategies, which are designed to support the resident’s recovery.

Treatment at ATC will be provided by a multidisciplinary treatment team consisting of the Unit Supervisor, Registered Nurse, Medical Director, Mental Health Professional, Licensed School Personnel, Substance Use Counseling Professionals (LADC’s and Counseling Assistants), Treatment Coordinator, and the Program Director. This team will rely upon counseling practices, modified as appropriate, in working with this specific population. The scope of these services encompasses crisis intervention, assessment and case management, continuing care and family education groups.

Each resident / family has the right to freedom of choice and self-determination, for personal acceptance, responsibility, and involvement in the treatment process.

We find that family involvement in treatment is essential to the success of each resident; in fact, studies show family involvement and support can increase each resident’s chances of ongoing recovery by up to 50%. During their stay, each resident will have a minimum of four 60-minute family therapy sessions facilitated by a Mental Health Therapist (LPCC). Family therapy is a form of psychotherapy that seeks to reduce distress and conflict by improving the systems of interactions between family members. Some of the topics that are addressed in family therapy include but are not limited to: impact of substance use on the family, underlying family conflict, expressing concerns and feelings, transitional services planning, and other family matters discussed during sessions. Each family will have 3-4 sessions during their child’s stay. ATC makes every attempt to be flexible in the scheduling of family sessions.

620 1st Ave SW
PO Box 278
Winnebago, MN, 56098

Toll free: 800-637-2460
Phone: (507) 893-3885
Fax: (507) 893-4223
E-mail: 
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https://atcmn.org/