Wisconsin has long supported children struggling to maintain their emotional, physical, and social well-being because of multiple and serious challenges in their lives. The first collaborative systems of care to address the behavioral health needs of these children and support community-based options for care were created in 1989. In the years since, these collaborative systems of care evolved and became known as Coordinated Services Teams (CST) Initiatives.
CST Initiatives develop a comprehensive, individualized system of care for children with complex behavioral health needs. The CST itself is a group that includes family members, service providers, and others that work to design and carry out a coordinated services plan for the child. This model of care is often referred to as wraparound. The result is a plan of care that addresses the needs of the child and family with community-based supports, which allows the child to live in their home and community and realize their hopes and dreams.
Eligibility for CST Initiatives
CST Initiatives are for children who are involved in multiple systems of care such as mental health, substance abuse, child welfare, juvenile justice, special education, or developmental disabilities. The Department of Health Services supports county and tribal CST Initiatives for children who:
- Have a severe emotional disorder.
- Are at-risk of placement outside the home.
- Are in an institution and are not receiving coordinated, community-based services.
- Are in an institution, but would be able to return to community placement or their homes if services were provided.
Available in 69 counties, 11 tribes
The Division of Care and Treatment Services oversees CST Initiatives for the Department of Health Services. Agencies at the county and tribal level work directly with the children and families in need of supports. As of January 1, 2020, 67 counties and all 11 federally recognized tribal nations in Wisconsin offer or are developing CST Initiatives. Additionally, Dane and Milwaukee counties offer a managed care model of this service.
Contact CST Initiatives staff
Use this directory to contact the county or tribal agency in your area to learn more about your local CST Initiative. For general questions or concerns, call the Division of Care and Treatment Services at 608-266-2717.