Health and Human Services
Children's Special Needs Programs
For Children with Developmental, Physical, and Emotional Disabilities
817 Whiting Avenue
Stevens Point, WI 54481
Fax: (715) 345-5966
CHILDREN'S SPECIAL NEEDS SERVICES
Service coordination is provided to children with developmental, physical and emotional disabilities, and their families, who are residents of Portage County. These services are designed to support children's long term care needs while supporting their family's efforts to care for their children in their homes. Assessment, case planning, and service coordination are provided to each child served.
Programs offered include:
- Coordinated Services Team
- Birth to Three
- Children's Long-Term Support Waivers
- Family Support Program
- Comprehensive Community Services
- Community Options Program
COORDINATED SERVICES TEAM (CST)
CST is available for children and families who are involved in two or more service systems or are at risk of out of home placement. Children must meet the criteria of Severe Emotional Disturbance or be experiencing AODA issues, and be experiencing a functional impairment in two or more domains of life. Children and Parents must be willing to be active members of the CST process.
BIRTH TO THREE
The first three years are the most important building blocks of your child's future. Every family wants their children to grow to their fullest potential, especially during this formative time. Some children who have developmental delays or disabilities need additional support. One way this support is provided is through early intervention.
Meet Your Birth to Three Team
View the Birth to Three Brochure
Portage County Birth to Three Guiding Principles 2013
Developmental Screening Day Events
WI Birth to 3 Program Annual Performance Data
Primary Coach Approach to Teaming and Everyday Learning Opportunities
Transition Planning at age Three
*To make a referral to Birth to 3, please contact your county Birth to 3 Program. County contact information can be found here:
CHILDREN'S LONG-TERM SUPPORT (CLTS)
There are three approved CLTS Waivers for children with developmental disabilities, physical disabilities, and severe emotional disturbances. The CLTS Waiver is funded through a combination of federal, state and local match dollars. The purpose of the waivers is to help families support their children at home. Federal rules define how CLTS Waiver funding can be used.
FAMILY SUPPORT PROGRAM (FSP)
The Family Support Program is a funding source available to families who have a child with a severe disability. FSP funds may be used to assist families in purchasing a good or service related to the child's disability, that is not covered by private insurane or other funding programs. State Statute and the FSP Advisory Committee determine how the funds may be used.
COMPREHENSIVE COMMUNITY SERVICES (CCS)
CCS is a program designed for persons with mental health and substance abuse needs, who are living in the community. CCS programs will provide psycho-social rehabilitation services to consumers who have needs for ongoing, high or low-intensity services resulting from mental health or substance use disorders. CCS focuses on creating an individualized plan that is consumer driven, recovery oriented, strength and outcome based to maximize consumers independence.
COMMUNITY OPTIONS PROGRAM (COP)
Community Options Program is a funding source that may be used as the county contribution for locally matched Children's Long-Term Support Waivers.
- COP, CLTS, FSP, and CCS programs are available to children who are functionally eligible as determined by the state-wide, web-based children's functional screen.
- To be eligible for B-3 Services a child will need to have a 25% delay in one area of development or a diagnosed disability that will lead to developmental delays.
BENEFITS OF RECEIVING SERVICES:
- A Service Coordinator can help families access resources to support their child's needs. The following are examples of goods and services that may help families maintain care for their child at home:
- Birth to Three Services
- Home modifications
- Intensive Autism in-home therapy
- Respite care
- Adaptive aids
- Special transportation
- Medical/dental expenses not covered by insurance
- Parent education (conferences, books, etc.)
- Special recreation for child and family
- In-home supports
COST OF SERVICES:
- Many services may be funded through a source of Medicaid or private insurance. There may be a parental payment liability fee associated with the identified services. A service coordinator will discuss these options with you.
- Anyone may call our agency on behalf of their child for services. Upon receipt of a referral, staff, with family input, will determine the applicant's eligibility for services.
Phone: (715) 345-5350 - Option 5
Fax: (715) 345-5966
For Birth to Three Referrals only:
Fax: (715) 345-5966