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The Wisconsin Alliance for Drug Endangered Children, in conjunction with the National Alliance for Drug Endangered Children, will hold their annual statewide conference in La Crosse, Wisconsin, on July 16-18, 2019.

Dates & Times

July 16, 2019:  8:00am - 5:00pm - Registration for Conference          

                         8:30am - 11:30am - Leaders Meeting

                         1:00pm - 5:00pm - Conference Day 1

July 17, 2019: 8:00am - 5:00pm - Conference Day 2

July 18, 2019: 8:00am - 12:00pm - Conference Day 3

Speaker Topics

Keynote: "Through the Eyes of a Child", Jerry Moe, National Director Children's Program, Betty Ford Center

Jerry Moe is the National Director of the Children's Program at the Betty Ford Center, part of the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation. An Advisory Board Member of the National Association for Children of Alcoholics (NACoA), he is an author, lecturer, and trainer on issues for children and families hurt by addiction. In 2013, he received the Mona Mansell Award and the Father Joseph C. Martin Award. His latest book is Through a Child's Eyes: Understanding Addiction and Recovery. Moe received the 2005 America Honors Recovery Award from the Johnson Institute, and the 2000 Ackerman/Black Award from NACoA for "significantly improving the lives of children of alcoholics in the United States and around the world."

Closing Plenary: Carlton Hall

Carlton Hall is the President and CEO of Carlton Hall Consulting LLC, a multi-faceted, full-service consulting firm designed to provide customized solutions and enable measurable change for communities, organizations, families and individuals. Carlton spent twelve years with the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA) serving in several leadership positions and including most recently, Acting Vice President, Training Operations, and Acting Director for CADCA's National Coalition Institute. Carlton is one of the primary architects of CADCA's National Coalition Academy. The Academy, a year-long coalition development program, is designed to increase the effectiveness of communities in drug demand reduction producing population level outcomes. With more than 25 years experience in the fields of government relations, social services and prevention science, Carlton first gained national prominence as a Communities That Care® Project Manager, for the Channing Bete Company. He was a Communities That Care® trainer/senior consultant with Channing Bete Company for four years. He received his Master's in Human Services from Lincoln University in Pennsylvania. 

Breakout Sessions

The conference will offer 20 breakout session options. Specific session titles can be seen by viewing the agenda below.


La Crosse Center, 300 Harborview Plaza, La Crosse, WI 54601

Networking Event

July 17, 2019 - 5:30pm - 7:30pm (Cost: $20/person, payable to Marathon County Sheriff's Office)


Enjoy an evening with your peers on a Riverboat Cruise on the mighty Mississippi River in the nostalgic style of the authentic paddle wheeler!  Pizza and beverages will be provided. Passenger loading at the Riverboat Dock: west end of State Street on the north end of Riverside Park.

Payments for the Riverboat Cruise should be made out to Marathon County Sheriff's Office and mailed to: 

RJ Lurquin

PO Box 358

Arlington, WI 53911

Any questions about the cruise can be directed to RJ at lurquin@danesheriff.com.


Attendees are responsible for their lodging costs. Rooms are available at the Radisson Hotel La Crosse. Please contact them at 608-784-6680 to book your room. The Conference has applied for funds for lodging scholarships.  If these funds are provided, there will be a limited numbers of lodging scholarships will be to those willing to share a room. Any remaining scholarships will be awarded to attendees requesting a single room.  We are unable to accommodate family members.  Recipients of lodging scholarships are required to pay the $100 registration fee. 

Maps highlighting La Crosse's parking, attractions, and restaurants are available by clicking HERE and HERE

Radisson Hotel La Crosse

200 Harborview Plaza

La Crosse, WI 54601

State rate of $82.00 with a registration deadline of July 1, 2019.  Call direct at (608) 784-6680 and mention you are with the WI Drug Endangered Children Conference.

Grandstay Hotel & Suites

525 Front Street North

La Crosse, WI 54601

State rate of $82.00 with a registration deadline of June 15, 2019.  Call direct at (608) 796-1615 and mention you are with the DEC Conference.

Gunderson Hotel & Suites

1520 Clinic Street

La Crosse, WI 54601

State rate of $82.00 with a registration deadline of June 16th. Limited rooms available. Call (608) 793-0200 and mention you are with the DEC Conference.

Registration Fee

$100 per person

Conference fee includes conference materials, two hot breakfasts and one lunch.

Please note: no one will be admitted to the event unless payment has been made prior to entry. Payment will be accepted before the event or at the door.


Please CLICK HERE to view a copy of the agenda. 

Conference Audience

This event is intended for human / social services, law enforcement, victim service providers, prosecutors, medical personnel, corrections officials, educators, and others who interact with drug endangered children.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations received by July 9 will receive a full refund.  No refunds will be given for cancellations received after July 9.  If you register for the conference without paying the registration fee, and fail to attend the conference, you or your agency will be billed for full payment of the registration fee. 

PLEASE NOTE: This conference has reached full capacity and registration is now closed.