Wisconsin has multiple programs available for children with delays or disabilities. The programs listed below assist families in caring for their child at home and in the community. Families may be eligible for one or more programs based on their assessed need. For each of the programs below, click on the name to learn more about what the program provides, eligibility criteria, and how to apply.
The Birth to 3 Program is for children ages birth to three years old. Eligibility is based on a diagnosed disability or significant developmental delay in how a child plays, learns, speaks, and acts. The program values the family’s primary relationship with their child and works in partnership with the family.
The Children's Long-Term Support Home and Community-Based Medicaid Waiver program provides services for children and young adults under the age of 22 with significant developmental, physical, or emotional disabilities. Supports and services are available to help waiver participants remain in their home or community.
The Katie Beckett Program is for children under 19 years old with long-term disabilities or complex medical needs. Children who are not eligible for other Medicaid programs because their parents' income or assets are too high may be eligible for Medicaid through the Katie Beckett Program.
Governor Scott Walker and the Department of Health Services (DHS) released a video profile to demonstrate the importance of investing in children in need of long term care services. Governor Walker’s budget proposal includes $39 million to eliminate the children’s long term care wait list, strengthening Wisconsin’s stance as a national leader in our approach to serving people with disabilities.
The ForwardHealth behavioral treatment benefit provides coverage to children who have been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder and have a need for behavioral treatment. Coverage is provided through BadgerCare Plus, Medicaid, or the Katie Beckett Program.
The Care4Kids Program ensures that children in foster care receive individualized treatment plans in order to address their specific health care needs, including trauma-related care. As a result, children in community settings are expected to have improved physical and mental health, improved resiliency, and shorter stays in out-of-home care.
The CYSHCN program promotes quality care for children and youth with special health care needs in Wisconsin.
Learn about supports and services available for students with disabilities after high school. The sooner the planning begins for life after high school, the smoother the transition.
Find national and state resources for children with disabilities and their families.