Addiction Resource Guide

Meriter Hospital - New Start Program

General Hospital with Separate Chemical Dependency Rehab Unit

The Program
"In Its Own Words"


Self Description:

"Comprehensive, recovery based, multiple levels of care available, use of ASAM/WIS Uniform placement criterion."

Treatment Philosophy:

"Addiction is a chronic illness that individuals and families need help with to arrest the progression of the illness."

Approach To Dual Diagnosis:

"Some patients need treatment for psychiatric conditions at the same time as treatment for addiction."

Family Program:

"Involve families on Sat. morning 9:30-12:30. Also family sessions, referrals for own therapy in our outpatient services."

Position On 12 Step Involvement:

Encouraged, also provide options for other community based support groups."

Position on Confrontation:

"Used as appropriate within a supportive environment."

Additional Characteristics:

"Comprehensive levels of care, inpatient and outpatient detox, Inpatient medical management, Inpatient dual diagnoses, Inpatient residential, day treatment, evening treatment, adolescent inpatient AODA and dual diagnosis treatment."


  • Number of Beds: 5
    Detox Available: Yes

  • Last Year's Admissions:

    Adolescent Admits 24
    Total Adult Admits: 220
    Average Length of Stay 7 days
    Percent of Women 40%
    Percent under age 25 10%
    Percent with College Education: 40%
    Percent Covered by Public assistance 3%
    Receiving some form of psychiatric medication other than for detoxification: 35%

  • Admissions Procedures:

    Night Admission Available: Yes
    Weekend Admission available: Yes
    Face to Face Interview or exam required before admission: Yes


Facility has separate program for:
  • Alcohol Addiction

  • Facility has special track for:
  • Adolescents (Ages 12-18)
  • Psychiatric (Dual Diagnosis)

  • Facility has group sessions for:
  • Codependency
  • Family


    Self-pay Cost per day: $415
    Public Assistance coverage may be accepted: Yes
    Medicare Coverage accepted: Yes
    Insurance Coverage verified before admission: Yes
    Follow-up Care included at no additional charge: No


    Licensed by: State of Wisconsin Dept. of Health & Family Services
    Type of License: Detox, Inpatient, Day Treatment, Outpatient
    Accredited by: JCAHO

    Contact Information:

    Admissions Telephone Number: (608) 271-4144
    General Information: (608) 271-4144
    Address: 309 W. Washington Ave
    Madison, Wisconsin 53703