Community Options Program - Purpose and Guiding Principles

The purpose of the Wisconsin Community Options Program is to provide the assistance an individual needs in order to continue to live in his or her own home, in his or her own community, at a cost which averages no more than that of nursing home care.

This purpose makes certain values inherent in Community Options. These values have led us to embrace the following guiding principles which are incorporated into the acronym RESPECT.

  • Relationships. Relationships between participants, care managers and providers are based on caring, respect, continuity over time, and a sense of partnership.
  • Empowerment to make choices. Individual choice is the foundation of ethical home and community-based long term support services.
  • Services to meet individual need. Individuals want prompt and easy access to services that are tailored to their unique circumstances.
  • Physical and mental health services. Intended to help people achieve their best level of health and functioning.
  • Enhancement of participant reputation. Services maintain and enhance participants' sense of self-worth and community recognition of their value in every way possible.
  • Community and family participation. Participants are supported to maintain and develop friendships to participate in their families and communities.
  • Tools for independence. People are supported to achieve maximum self-sufficiency and independence.
Last Revised: January 23, 2017