Wisconsin offers an array of community-based long-term support for adults with significant disabilities. These supports are designed to help individuals meet their goals for work, in-home supports and community participation. Eligibility is based on income and the impact of disability on a person's ability to function, such as social, emotional, physical, community living, and employment. Those experiencing the greatest impact are most likely to be eligible for long-term support. If a young adult is currently participating in the Children's Waivers, or is on a waiting list for services, the Department of Health Services (DHS) provides specific guidance on support for youth transitioning to adult services.
To find out if a young adult is eligible for long-term support, call your county Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC) or your county Human Services agency. ADRCs are service centers that provide a place for the public to get accurate, unbiased information on all aspects of life related to aging or living with a disability.
The programs available will depend on the county of residence. For more information go to:
Family Care - Family Care is a comprehensive and flexible long-term care service system, which strives to foster people's independence and quality of life, while recognizing the need for interdependence and support.
IRIS - IRIS (Include Respect I Self-Direct) is a Wisconsin program where you self-direct your publicly funded, community-based, long-term care supports and services. IRIS can help you get the life you want with the support you need. In IRIS you use your own natural supports and creativity with your budget to achieve your hopes and dreams.
Partnership - The Family Care Partnership Program is a comprehensive program of services for older adults and people with physical disabilities in Wisconsin. The program integrates health and long-term support services, and includes home and community-based services, physician services, and all medical care. Services are delivered in the participant's home or a setting of his or her choice.
CIP - The Community Integration Program (CIP1) helps people with developmental disabilities relocate from state centers and nursing homes back to their communities. In limited circumstances CIP1 can help prevent someone from having to leave his/her community.
A list of COP and Medicaid Home and Community-based Waivers Managed by Wisconsin Counties can be found HERE