We are committed to protecting the health and safety of our members and participants during the COVID-19 pandemic. To stay informed about the latest program updates, limitations to in-person contacts, general COVID-19 resources, and more:
- Members and participants, please visit COVID-19: Program and ForwardHealth Updates for You and Your Family.
- County agencies, please visit COVID-19: Updates for County Agencies Serving Children with Delays or Disabilities.
- Providers, please visit the COVID-19: ForwardHealth News and Resources Portal page.
About the Children's Long-Term Support Program
The Children's Long-Term Support (CLTS) Program is a Home and Community-Based Service (HCBS) waiver that funds community supports and services for children who have substantial limitations in their daily activities and need support to remain in their home or community. Eligible children include those with developmental disabilities, severe emotional disturbances, and physical disabilities. Funding can be used to support a range of different services based on an assessment of the needs of the child and his or her family.
Enrolling children without delay
Wisconsin is committed to investing in children in need of long-term care services. Since 2017, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) has worked to reach more families with the CLTS Program by ending the waitlist. With funding from Governor Evers’ 2021-2023 state budget, DHS has created a new process to enroll children right away when they are found eligible. This process of continuously enrolling children gets families access to needed supports and services right away when they need them. Check out the dashboard to see statewide and county progress enrolling children.
The videos featured below demonstrate the importance of ending the waitlist for families and the positive impact the CLTS Program has for children with delays and disabilities and their families.
Watch Malik's story:
Watch Ben's story:
The CLTS Program is serving more children and families now than ever before, which means more providers are needed to keep up with demand. DHS invites all interested service providers to sign up with the CLTS Program. Learn more and register today!
If you are a county, current provider, association, or advocate, you can also help us by sharing our recruitment message with your audiences. DHS’ media toolkit has free resources like flyers, social media posts, newsletter articles, and more.