Children's Long-Term Support Waiver Program - Information for Families

Wisconsin's Children's Long-Term Support Waiver Program makes Medicaid funding available to support children with substantial limitations due to developmental, physical, or severe emotional disabilities who are living at home or in the community. Funding may be used to support a range of services based on an assessment of your child's and family's specific needs and identified goals or outcomes.

Opportunities for Input

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) held community and provider forums to share the methodology and rates and to gather input from program participants, families, and providers.

Comments are no longer being gathered. Thank you for any input you shared with DHS.

Ending the Wait List

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 the elderly and people with disabilities.

“While we work to reduce the tax burden for Wisconsin families, we must also prioritize support for those caring for a child with a disability,” Governor Scott Walker said.  “Children have a much better chance of reaching their full potential if they are able to get the services they need, when they need them.  All parents should have the ability to make the best choices for their kids.”

The video profiles Ben Gapinski and the struggles his family faced following his autism diagnosis.  Last year, under federal guidance, Wisconsin transitioned to cover autism treatment under Medicaid.  Governor Walker’s 2017-19 budget proposal eliminates the wait list for other necessary services for children with disabilities, including autism.

Governor Walker’s current budget proposal expands access to care by providing $14,067,300 in fiscal year 2017-18 and $25,205,500 in fiscal year 2018-19 to eliminate the waiting list for long-term supports for more than 2,200 children with developmental disabilities, physical disabilities, or severe emotional disturbances.

By ending wait lists for both children and adults in need of long-term care service, Wisconsin maintains a long-standing reputation as a leader in long-term care.  As of 2014, at least 582,000 people in states across the country were on wait lists for long-term care services. 

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Last Revised: December 12, 2018