CWC - Short Term Assessment Program

The Short Term Assessment Program (STAP) is designed to meet the unique needs of children and adolescents with mild to profound intellectual disabilities combined with significant behavioral challenges and/or psychiatric needs. Adults may also be offered services in this program. Individuals receiving services in this program typically present significant behavioral challenges, such as self-injurious behaviors, aggressive and/or destructive behaviors.

The assessment team provides:

  • Identification of behavior function.
  • Identification of desirable behaviors that might replace the challenging behavior.
  • General behavior intervention recommendations.
  • Assessment of psychiatric issues and psychotropic medications.
  • Recommendations of adjustments to current medications.
  • Recommendations for supporting the individual in his or her community setting.

STAP clients receive medical, nursing, dental, dietary, educational, speech, audiology, psychology, psychiatry, physical therapy, occupational therapy, music therapy, recreational, and vocational services and therapies. The services and therapies are tailored to the individual's needs.


Requests for STAP evaluation should be directed through county or managed care organization (MCO) case managers.  Admission eligibility is determined by CWC's Admissions Committee following a screening visit by the STAP social worker.  Contact the social worker for direct inquiries about admissions.

  • Type of admissions: Scheduled admissions only.
  • Time to schedule admission: Generally one month or less.
  • Length of stay: Generally 30-90 days.

This program is not designed to manage individuals who present significant elopement or suicide risks, or those who present serious risk for ingestion of inedible items.

Under Wis. Stat. § 51.437(4rm(c)(2m), the county or MCO will be billed the non-federal share for services provided to individuals under Wis. Stat § 51.06(1m)(d) who are eligible for Medicaid.

Last Revised: May 12, 2017