The Department's Vision for Comprehensive Community Services
Wisconsin has long been a leader in developing supportive services for persons with mental health and substance abuse service needs living in the community.
With the development of the Comprehensive Community Services (CCS) rule (DHS 36), the Wisconsin Department of Health Services is increasing access to supportive services for children, adolescents, and adults, including older adults with mental health or substance use disorders.
CCS programs will provide psychosocial rehabilitation services to consumers who have needs for ongoing, high or low-intensity services resulting from mental health or substance use disorders but who are not in need of Community Support Program (CSP) services.
The Department recognizes the importance for mental health consumers who need more intensive support to have access to CSP services. The addition of CCS to the array of services will provide consumers and counties with more choices to match consumer needs with appropriate supports.
CCS programs will use a wraparound model that is flexible, consumer directed, recovery oriented, as well as strength and outcome based. The focus of CCS programs will be to assist consumers in efforts to maximize their independence.
In 1997, after a year of analysis and input from providers, stakeholders and consumers, Wisconsin's Blue Ribbon Commission on Mental Health issued its definitive recommendations on how to change the way mental health and substance abuse services are provided in Wisconsin.
The Department used these recommendations in developing Chapter DHS 36, WI Administrative Code, Comprehensive Community Services:
The Department, and in particular, the Bureau of Prevention, Treatment and Recovery, views the creation of the CCS benefit as one of the ways to transform the mental health and substance abuse delivery system in Wisconsin.
It is anticipated that, over time, the success of this recovery-based program will stimulate changes in existing local programs to facilitate a seamless system of services based on hope, empowerment and recovery.
Last Revised: July 05, 2012