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Service Fund

Wis. Admin. Code. ch. DHS 77: The Department of Health Services (DHS) may use funds from the appropriations under Wis. Stat. § 20.435 (6) (a) and (hs), to reimburse communication access service providers for Deaf, Deaf-Blind or hard of hearing individual. Reimbursements may be approved if any of the the following circumstances apply:

  • The individual or agency requesting communication access services is not required by state or federal law to provide those services;
  • No other source of funding is applicable; or
  • DHS determines that undue hardship or potential harm to the individual or agency is caused by requiring the individual or agency to provide reimbursement for communication access services.

Reimbursement for communication access services under this chapter is contingent upon the availability of funds in the appropriations under Wis. Stat. § 20.435 (6) (a) and (hs).

How to Apply for Service Fund, P-02305 (PDF)

Download the Service Fund Application, F-01264

If you need assistance filling out the form, please contact Bette Mentz-Powell.

Communication Access Services Providers Seeking Reimbursement

A communication access services provider seeking reimbursement for interpreting services from the Service Fund must have a valid Department of Safety and Professional Services (DSPS) license.

Once the request for communication access services has been approved, it is up to the requestor to provide the Approval Form to the provider. Once the approved assignment is completed, the communication access services provider is required to send their invoice(s), along with a copy of the Service Fund Approval Form to:

The Bureau of Aging and Disability Resources centralized inbox for invoices.

You can also send a hard copy of the information stated above to:

Office for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
Service Fund Invoice
1 W. Wilson St.
PO Box 2659
Madison, WI 53701-2659

Last revised July 31, 2020