Children and their families are at the core of Coordinated Services Teams (CST) Initiatives. Based on the wraparound model of care, CST Initiatives empower parents (and their child) to select the supports and interventions they believe are needed to stabilize their child's emotional, physical, and social well-being.
What is provided through CST Initiatives?
A CST Initiative is a group of individuals, including family members and service providers, who work together to respond to the service needs of the child and their family. This wraparound process aims to achieve positive outcomes by providing a structured, individualized team planning process. Research shows that this approach is more effective for the child and their family. Additionally, this collaborative approach results in a plan of care that is more relevant to the needs of the child and their family. The child and their family develop and refine their problem-solving skills, coping skills, and belief in their ability to complete tasks and reach goals.
Participation in a CST Initiative may begin through a referral from any systems of care agency (mental health, juvenile justice, special education, child welfare, etc.), tribal courts, or any other organization a child is involved with, as well as family or self-referrals. More information on the enrollment process is available from county and tribal agencies with CST Initiatives. Please use this directory to find contact information these local agencies.
There are rules to ensure patient rights are protected. The Client Rights Office is responsible for the implementation and oversight of patient rights for individuals receiving services for mental illness and substance abuse in Wisconsin.
Contact CST Initiatives staff
The Division of Care and Treatment Services oversees the CST Initiatives for the Department of Health Services. If you have general questions or concerns about CST Initiatives, please call 608-266-2717.
The Foundations of Wisconsin Wraparound
A series of videos on the principles and practice of wraparound are available for free online. These videos are intended for anyone interested in learning about the wraparound process including children and families.