Promoting quality care for children and youth with special health care needs in Wisconsin.
Regional Centers: There are five Regional Centers dedicated to supporting families with children and youth with special healthcare needs and the providers who serve them.
National Center: National Center for Ease of Use of Community-Based Services
Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Council: The Centers for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs are dedicated to supporting Native American families with special needs children and the providers who serve them.
National Center: National Center for Cultural Competence
First Step: A 24-hour Wisconsin hotline staffed by Parent Specialists with access to an extensive online directory of community services.
Family Partnerships: Family Voices of Wisconsin and Parent to Parent of Wisconsin are key support organizations that advise and collaborate with the CYSHCN Program to strengthen parent leadership, support and training.
Medical Home: The Wisconsin Medical Home Initiative provides primary care outreach, training and technical assistance to primary care providers, families and other key partners.
National Center: National Center for Medical Home Implementation
Health Benefits: ABC for Health offers resources to help families with CYSHCN as they seek to acquire adequate private and/or public insurance coverage.
Oral Health: The mission of the DHS Oral Health Program is to promote and improve oral health for the benefit of all Wisconsin citizens.
Statewide: Wisconsin Oral Health Coalition
National Center: National Maternal and Child Oral Resource Center
Youth Health Transition: The Youth Health Transition Initiative offers resources to youth with special health care needs and their families as they engage in the process of moving from pediatric to adult health care.
National Center: National Health Care Transition Center
The Wisconsin Newborn Screening Program oversees the screening of infants for nearly 50 disorders, helping to assure that newborns are diagnosed and treated for a variety of preventable conditions present at birth.
National Center: National Newborn Screening and Genetics Resource Center
Newborn Hearing Screening
Wisconsin Sound Beginnings promotes universal newborn hearing screening and follow-up including the parent support program, Guide by Your Side. The WE-TRAC data system supports a coordinated system of screening and early intervention by no later than six months of age.
National Center: National Center for Hearing Assessment and Management
Birth Defects Prevention and Surveillance
The Wisconsin Birth Defects Prevention and Surveillance Program maintains a confidential birth defects registry to collect and monitor information about birth defects, coordinates a statewide referral system, initiates prevention activities and promotes access to services.
National Center: National Birth Defects Prevention Network
Wisconsin First Step
Information and links to services for children and youth with special needs, their families and providers. Call 800-642-7837 to speak with a parent specialist. Information is available on services such as Birth to 3/early intervention, financial assistance, parent networking and support, home health care, therapy services, CYSHCN Regional Centers and more.
Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Hotline
Information and links to services for pregnant and postpartum women and children. Call 800-722-2295 for information on BadgerCare Plus, WIC, HealthCheck, maternal depression, Prenatal Care Coordination, family planning, developmental screenings, and more.