Children's Long-Term Support Waiver Program for Families

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Wisconsin’s CLTS Waiver Program supports children with disabilities and their families through supports and services that help children grow and live their best lives in their home and community. Children enrolled in the program and their parent(s) or caregiver(s) work as part of a dedicated team who help them meet the family’s and child’s needs and goals.

New to CLTS or interested in applying? Use the menu at the left of this page to learn about:

  • Supports and services covered by the CLTS Waiver Program
  • Eligibility requirements
  • How to apply for the program
  • Costs and expenses

    The CLTS Team

    Children enrolled in the CLTS Waiver Program and their family work with a team to apply for and receive supports and services. Each member of the team has a unique role in supporting children with disabilities or exceptional needs and their families.

    DHS

    The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) administers the CLTS Waiver Program at the state level. DHS works with county health and human services departments in all 72 counties to support local programs in meeting families’ needs.

    State teams provide information, support, and technical assistance to families, program staff, and community partners related to DHS children's programs. See the Implementation and Technical Assistance Team Assignment Map, P-00996 (PDF), for more information

    County

    CLTS is available in every Wisconsin county. County health and human services departments work directly with families. County staff are there to help you apply for the CLTS Waiver Program, answer your questions, and help you get support and services.

    The county will connect you with a support and service coordinator (SSC). Each family works one-on-one with an SSC. The SSC is a partner in your journey and will help navigate community and CLTS services with you. They are there to help support you and want you to be successful.

    Provider

    The CLTS Waiver Program funds providers that deliver support and services to children and families. This includes respite care, mentoring, adaptive aids, home modifications, and other services to help families and children meet their outcomes.

    You can search for providers by service or location using the provider directory. When you find a provider you are interested in, talk with the SSC about how to receive services from the provider.

    Deciding Together

    Parents, caregivers, and children are the experts on their own lives, and always lead decision-making. Deciding Together is a team approach used to develop and support a child’s outcomes and services included on the individual service plan (ISP). All decisions made about the child’s supports and services should be based on the family's and child’s unique needs, goals, and outcomes identified through the Deciding Together approach.

    Team members will use Deciding Together to learn more about the child and family and how to best support them.

    The Deciding Together Guide, P-02246, provides step-by-step guidance and promotes the goal of every child living their best life.

    Nothing about the family, without the family.

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    How CLTS Enrollment Works

    Families interested in applying for the CLTS Waiver Program can contact their county health and human services department. Once the county knows a family would like to apply, they will schedule a time to meet with the child to see whether they are eligible to enroll.

    After a family is enrolled, they will meet with the support and service coordinator to create a service plan using the Deciding Together approach. Families will begin to receive services after deciding which supports and services are needed.

    Your Rights and How to Appeal

    Families participating in the CLTS Waiver Program have certain rights that help each child receive support and services fairly. DHS is committed to making the CLTS Waiver Program available to all families.

    What are my rights and responsibilities?

    • You have the right to review the Participant Rights and Responsibilities Notification, F-20985. If at any time you have questions about the content of this document, please reach out to your support and service coordinator.
    • You also have the right to appeal or file a grievance related to your supports and services.

    How do I file a grievance or appeal?

    If you disagree with or don’t understand a decision that was made, there are many ways to find a solution. You can:

      Resources

       Publications

      All in for Kids November 2019

      All in for Kids: A CLTS Waiver Program Family Newsletter 2021 | 2020 | 2019: Get the latest program news, highlights, tips, and resources.

      • Sign up to receive the All in for Kids: CLTS newsletter electronically.
      • You may also be interested in All in for Kids: A Birth to 3 Program Family Newsletter 2021 | 2020
       
       

       Get Involved

      • CLTS Waiver Renewal Initiative: Keep up on planned improvements to the CLTS Waiver Program for the 2022-2027 waiver cycle. 
      • CLTS Council: Attend a council meeting or consider applying to be a member to make recommendations on how the CLTS Waiver Program provides services, supports, and other assistance to children with long-term support needs and their families.

       Partners

      Last Revised: July 14, 2021