Programs and Services for Individuals Who Are Elderly and/or Disabled

This page provides information about the programs and services that are available for Wisconsin's elderly or disabled residents, including children.

Programs and Services for the Elderly

Aging and Disability Resource Centers (ADRC): ADRCs provide information for the elderly and adults with disabilities on broad range of programs and services, help people understand the various long term care options available to them, help people apply for programs and benefits, and serve as the access point for publicly-funded long term care. These services can be provided at the ADRC, via telephone, or through a home visit, whichever is more convenient to the individual seeking help.

Family Care - Options for Long-Term Care: Family Care coordinates long-term care services for Wisconsin residents with the goal of providing each individual the right care in the right place at the right time.  Services can be provided in the community or in an institution, like a nursing home, depending on the individual's needs.

IRIS Include, Respect, I Self-Direct Disability Program: IRIS is a long-term care program where the individual receiving the services is able to direct and choose the home-and community-based care they receive.

Supplemental Security Income (SSI): SSI is a monthly cash benefit paid by the federal and state government to people with limited income who are age 65 or older or people of any age who are blind or disabled and residents of Wisconsin.

Independent Living Centers (ILC): ILCs are non-profit organizations that provide an array of services to people with disabilities.  The services include peer support, information and referral, independent living skills training, and person and systems advocacy.

Directories of Health and Residential Care Providers: Locate a Wisconsin health or residential care provider.

Provider Search: Locate a health or community care provider and obtain compliance history information about community care providers.

Programs and Services for Adults with Disabilities

Aging and Disability Resource Centers (ADRC): ADRCs provide information for the elderly and adults with disabilities on broad range of programs and services, help people understand the various long term care options available to them, help people apply for programs and benefits, and serve as the access point for publicly-funded long term care. These services can be provided at the ADRC, via telephone, or through a home visit, whichever is more convenient to the individual seeking help.

Family Care - Options for Long-Term Care: Family Care coordinates long-term care services for Wisconsin residents with the goal of providing each individual the right care in the right place at the right time.  Services can be provided in the community or in an institution, like a nursing home, depending on the individual's needs.

IRIS Include, Respect, I Self-Direct Disability Program: IRIS is a long-term care program where the individual receiving the services is able to direct and choose the home-and community-based care they receive.

Supplemental Security Income (SSI): SSI is a monthly cash benefit paid by the federal and state government to people with limited income who are age 65 or older or people of any age who are blind or disabled and residents of Wisconsin.

Benefits for People with Disabilities: The federal Social Security Administration administers several programs, including Supplemental Security Income (SSI), that provide assistance to people with disabilities.

Employment Initiatives for People With Disabilities: Employment initiatives are designed to address the barriers to employment and community living faced by many individuals with disabilities.

Caretaker Supplement: Parents who receive SSI and are living with and caring for their minor children may be able to get an additional monthly cash benefit.

Wisconsin Facilities with Approved Dedicated Units for the Care of Traumatic Brain Injured (TBI) Persons

Independent Living Centers (ILC): ILCs are non-profit organizations that provide an array of services to people with disabilities.  The services include peer support, information and referral, independent living skills training, and person and systems advocacy.

Directories of Health and Residential Care Providers: Locate a Wisconsin health or residential care provider.

Provider Search: Locate a health or community care provider and obtain compliance history information about community care providers.

Client Rights: Anyone who is receiving services for mental illness, a developmental disability, or substance abuse in the state of Wisconsin has specific rights under Wisconsin Statute 51 (State Alcohol, Drug Abuse, Developmental Disability and Mental Health Act) subsections 51.61 and 51.30. (PDF, 1.3 MB)

Programs and Services for Children with Disabilities

Katie Beckett Program: A program for children under age 19 with long-term disabilities or complex medical needs. Children who are not eligible for other Medicaid programs because the income or assets of their parents are too high, may be eligible for Medicaid through the Katie Beckett Program.

Birth to 3 Program: A program children under the age of three that have delays or disabilities.

Children's Long-Term Support Waivers: Program for children and young adults under the age of 22 with significant developmental, physical, or emotional disabilities. Funding is available to help support children to remain living in their home or community.

Independent Living Centers (ILC): ILCs are non-profit organizations that provide an array of services to people with disabilities.  The services include peer support, information and referral, independent living skills training, and person and systems advocacy.

Directories of Health and Residential Care Providers: Locate a Wisconsin health or residential care provider.

Provider Search: Locate a health or community care provider and obtain compliance history information about community care providers.

Client Rights: Anyone who is receiving services for mental illness, a developmental disability, or substance abuse in the state of Wisconsin has specific rights under Wisconsin Statute 51 (State Alcohol, Drug Abuse, Developmental Disability and Mental Health Act) subsections 51.61 and 51.30. (exit DHS) (PDF, 1.3 MB)

Wisconsin Facilities with Approved Dedicated Units for the Care of Traumatic Brain Injured (TBI) Persons

Last Revised: September 18, 2019