Programs for Adults with Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities

Wisconsin has multiple programs available to meet the needs of adults with intellectual or developmental disabilities. For each of the programs below, click on the name to learn more about what the program provides and eligibility criteria. Adults interested in applying for any of the programs listed below, must enroll through their local aging and disability resource center (ADRC).


Family Care is a long-term care program which helps frail elders and adults with disabilities get the services they need to remain in their homes. This comprehensive and flexible program offers services to foster independence and quality of life for members, while recognizing the need for interdependence and support.


The IRIS (Include, Respect, I Self-Direct) is a self-directed long-term care program for frail elders and adults with disabilities who are Medicaid eligible.  The participant manages an Individual Services and Supports Plan within an individual budget and the guidelines of allowable supports and services.


The Family Care Partnership Program is an integrated health and long-term care program for frail elderly and people with disabilities. The Partnership Program consists of several managed care organizations located in different geographical regions of Wisconsin.

Other Programs

Community Integration Program (CIP)

The Community Integration Program is a Medicaid Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Waiver that allows adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities lead productive lives in their community.

Community Options Program (COP)

Available in a limited number of counties, COP helps people who need long-term care to stay in their own homes and communities by providing cost-effective alternatives to  care in institutions and nursing homes.

Connections to Community Living

Connections to Community Living is a Department of Health Services, Division of Medicaid Services initiative to help support choice to live in the community for individuals living in institutional settings. 


For information about other programs and services for adults with developmental or intellectual disabilities, contact your local ADRC.

Last Revised: July 14, 2017