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.
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; care providers; and individuals and professionals involved with Coordinated Services Teams Initiatives.
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 67 counties, 11 tribal nations
CST is available in the following counties. Find contact information for your county agency.
- Eau Claire
- Fond Du Lac
- Green Lake
- La Crosse
- St. Croix
CST is available in the following tribal nations.
- Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians
- Forest County Potawatomi Community
- Ho-Chunk Nation
- Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians
- Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians
- Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin
- Oneida Nation of Wisconsin
- Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians
- St. Croix Chippewa Community
- Sokaogon Chippewa Community
- Stockbridge-Munsee Band of Mohican Indians
Contact CST Initiatives staff
For general questions or concerns, call the Division of Care and Treatment Services at 608-266-2717.