Programs for Children with Special Needs

Portage County
Health and Human Services

Children's Special Needs Programs

For Children with Developmental, Physical, and Emotional Disabilities

817 Whiting Avenue
Stevens Point, WI 54481
(715) 345-5350
Fax: (715) 345-5966



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


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.



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

DHS 90

*To make a referral to Birth to 3, please contact your county Birth to 3 Program. County contact information can be found here:



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.

CLTS Brochure



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.

FSP Brochure



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.

CCS Brochure



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.


  • 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


  • 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