Children’s Community Options Program (CCOP)

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What is the purpose of CCOP?

The purpose of CCOP is to provide a coordinated approach to supporting families who have a child with a disability. This approach recognizes and maximizes the family’s capacity, resiliency, and unique abilities. The intention is to better support, nurture, and facilitate self-determination, interdependence, and inclusion in all facets of community life for the child and family.

Through a collaborative relationship with the family, supports and services aimed at achieving desired outcomes are identified, prioritized, and implemented. Strategies must be flexible, coordinated, and effective. These strategies may include:

  • Information, education, and training on advocating on behalf of the child, leadership, and the full array of supports and services available in each community.
  • Methods for connecting families with other families (including parents, guardians, self-advocates, siblings, and grandparents) and support groups for mutual support and networking.
  • Goods and services that promote identified outcomes, benefit the child, and enhance the family’s long-term support roles.

The design of these strategies, supports, and services is intended to reflect the uniqueness of families in terms of their diversity, experiences, and community membership.

CCOP funds are for purchasing goods and services that respond to assessed needs and desired outcomes, as identified in each participant’s child and family-centered individual service plan (ISP).

Who administers and operates CCOP?

The Bureau of Children’s Services (BCS) within the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS), Division of Medicaid Services (DMS), is responsible for oversight and statewide administration of CCOP. CCOP is operationalized locally, as contracted by DHS.

Who is eligible for CCOP?

Children and their families who meet all of the following requirements are eligible to receive goods and services on a first-come, first-served basis within the limits of CCOP funding:

  • The child has a disability.
  • The child is under age 22.
  • The child meets an eligible level of care based on the CLTS Functional Screen (CLTS FS).
  • The child lives in an eligible setting, as defined by the CLTS Waiver Program.

Children do not need to have a disability determination or be currently enrolled in Medicaid to be eligible for CCOP, but they must meet the functional level of care as determined by the CLTS FS.

Last Revised: February 2, 2022