Family Support Services

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At-Home Assistance for Families with Children Who Have Developmental Disabilities

Parenting is demanding work and we’re here to help. Our Family Support Program provides at-home assistance to families with children who have severe physical, emotional or developmental disabilities. Together, our skilled professionals work with you at home to help you provide your child with the therapies, support and daily skills training he or she needs to perform at optimum levels. We can:

  • Provide you with adaptive and communication aids.
  • Help you locate other resources within the community that can be of assistance to your family.
  • Offer in-home treatment therapies, supportive care and daily living skills training.
  • Provide day services and respite care.
  • Assist you with home modifications that meet the needs and abilities of your child.

Who is eligible for services?*

To participate in Children’s Long Term Support and Family Support Programs children must meet level of care guidelines which include the following:

  • Children must be under 22 years of age and MA eligible
  • Be a resident of the United States or have an acceptable immigrant status
  • Be a Wisconsin resident
  • Children must live in the community and be able to receive safe, appropriate care at home
  • Have a “level of care” need which typically requires care in an institution such as a hospital, nursing home, or an institution for children with disabilities
  • Be able to receive that care at a cost that does not exceed costs to provide those same services in an institutional setting.

* Children’s Long Term Support and Family Support Programs may have additional requirements to qualify for certain types of funding. Eligibility is established on an annual basis.

Children with Autism

The goal of the Autism Waiver is to reduce children’s needs for more significant intervention as they age. Once determined eligible they may receive up to three years of one-to-one intensive treatment services up to 40 hours per week after all private insurance funds have been exhausted. An individualized service plan is developed and implemented to address social, behavioral, and communication skills. At the conclusion the intensive services children may qualify for ongoing waiver services that address the more diverse needs of growing children.

What happens when a referral is made?

Referred families meet with a North Central Health Care Children’s Disability Specialist at a scheduled home visit. During this home visit information will be gathered to determine eligibility.

What will it cost?

A Children’s Disability Specialist will meet with families to assist with the completion of a worksheet to determine if a family has a financial responsibility for a portion of their child’s waiver services. The worksheet considers family size, income, and current federal poverty guidelines. There is no cost to families for the initial home visit to determine eligibility and to discuss potential supports and services.

You May Be Eligible for Medicaid Benefits

We can help you determine whether your family is available for funding via Medicaid or state and local agencies. Our services are available Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. To make a referral, call 715.627.6694.