Lincoln Hills School
Mr. Paul J. Westerhaus, Superintendent
W4380 Copper Lake Avenue
Lincoln Hills School provides community protection and holds youth
fully responsible for their behaviors while offering them skill-building
opportunities that contribute to victim and community restoration.
Lincoln Hills School opened in
the summer of 1970. From 1972 through 1994, both boys and girls were
placed in the institution. In 2011, Copper Lake School for Girls opened
at the Lincoln Hills site.
LHS also serves as a secure detention resource for nearby counties.
Unique to LHS
LHS offers an extensive range of programs, treatment
and other services as described under
1 Secured Juvenile Correctional Facilities, but LHS also offers
several unique programs:
Independent Living Program
ILP is aimed at youth 17 years and older. Youth can earn a high school
diploma or HSED as well as participate in vocational classes to develop
skills in foundry, woodworking and small engine repair. North Central
Technical College offers one-year certificates or two-year Associate’s
Degrees in welding, computer assisted design or computer business
applications. Youth participate in groups that address issues of
independent living, help develop pro-social goals/skills and create
increased awareness of the impact of crime on victims. Youth perform
various jobs at LHS to earn money to pay restitution and engage in
community service projects.
Responsibility and Integrity in Daily Environment) is a challenging 90-
or 120-day short-term, cost-effective alternative to other DJC programs.
The voluntary program uses an experiential model to create a positive
and success oriented environment. Youth learn the values of education,
self-discipline, personal responsibility, leadership, teamwork and
community service. All youth are involved in daily personal training
regimens, a full educational program, and indoor and outdoor
experiential education. Treatment and education groups focus on the 40
Great Lakes Inter Tribal Council
The program provides a variety of services mostly for Native American
youth regarding cultural issues and spirituality (sweat lodges, pow-wows,
etc.). Individual counseling and various groups are offered. The Council
trains LHS staff on Native American issues.