Finding Help for Children with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and Families
Children with I/DD in Wisconsin may qualify for a variety of programs, including early intervention (up to age 3); Katie Beckett Medicaid; Children’s Long-Term Supports waivers, BadgerCare; early childhood and special education.
Here are links to information about programs that can help you find out what is availab
le to you:
- Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) Programs for Children with Disabilities
- Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs (CYSHCN) Regional Centers
- Wisconsin’s Birth to 3 Program
- Katie Beckett Medicaid
- Children’s Long-Term Supports Waivers
- Family Support Program
- Wisconsin Autism Services
- Children’s Mental Health
- Wisconsin Medicaid Healthcare Coverage – ForwardHealth
- Wisconsin Aging and Disability Resource Centers
- Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction- Special Education Team
- Wisconsin First Step Resource & Referral Hotline
Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs (CYSHCN)
Western 800.400.3678; Southern 800.532.3321; Northern 866.640.4106; Northeast 877.568.5205; Southeast 800.234.5437
Wisconsin’s Department of Health Services (DHS) Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs (CYSHCN) has five regional centers to assist families with resources for their children.
Aging and Disability Resource Centers (ADRCs) are the first place to go to get accurate, unbiased information on all aspects of life related to aging or living with a disability. ADRCs are friendly, welcoming places where individuals, concerned families or friends, or professionals working with issues related to aging or disabilities. The ADRC provides information on broad range of programs and services, helps people understand the various long term care options available to them, helps people apply for programs and benefits, and serves as the access point for publicly-funded long term care.
The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) has a variety of supports, consultants and expertise in best practices for all students with disabilities, including those with I/DD.