Connections to Community Living
History & Principles
Wisconsin has a rich history of honoring consumer choice and
providing supports for people to live in the least restrictive setting
possible. Beginning with the enactment of the
Option Program (COP) in 1981 and through the creation of
Care in 1999, Wisconsin has been a national pioneer in relocation
efforts from institutions to community settings. Connections to
Community Living is a continuation of this philosophy. In 1980 Wisconsin
ranked 2nd nationally in the number of nursing homes beds per capita
with 87 nursing home beds per 1,000 residents 65 years of age and over.
Thirty years later that ranking has improved to 20th nationally with 46
nursing home beds per 1,000 residents 65 years of age and over, an
improvement of 47%.
Key federal events driving this initiative include:
Wisconsin needs to have a viable and sustainable long term care
program to meet the needs of our citizens now and in the future. This
initiative is part of the
2011-2013 Long Term
Care Sustainability Plan.
Last Revised: July 18, 2013