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Wisconsin Medicaid Waivers

Wisconsin currently has four Medicaid waivers/programs that can serve children, including a TEFRA program and three home and community based 1915(c) waivers. All waivers are based only on child income without regard to parent income. For more information, see Wisconsin's page on Services for Children with Delays or Disabilities.

Wisconsin charges a Parental Payment for children who participate in the three Children's Long Term Support 1915(c) waivers. This payment is only charged for families with children between 0 and 18 years of age. The payment is a percentage of the costs of the program, ranging from 0-41%, depending on family income. Children in the TEFRA Katie Beckett program have no parental payments. More information on Parental Payments can be found on the What Does It Cost? page.

Wisconsin also has several adult-only waivers, including Community Integration Program, Family Care Waiver, Community Options, Self-Directed Support (IRIS), and Elderly/Physically Disabled.

Other Programs in Wisconsin:

Advocacy Organizations in Wisconsin:

Katie Beckett Program

  • Target Population: Children who would otherwise require care in an institution with any type of disability, including medical, developmental, intellectual, or psychiatric conditions.
  • Ages: 0-18
  • Levels of Care: Intermediate Care Facility, Nursing Facility, Hospital
  • Income Waiver: Yes, the program is based on the child's income only.
  • Waiver Type: TEFRA
  • Spots: unlimited
  • Expiration Date: NA
  • Description: Provides Medicaid coverage only.
  • Online State Information: Katie Beckett Program
  • How to Apply: Contact your local Katie Beckett Program Consultant.
  • Waiting List: none
  • Advocacy/Support Group: Let us know if there is one.

Children's Long Term Support Developmental Disability Waiver

  • Target Population: Children with developmental or intellectual disabilities, including autism.
  • Ages: 0-21
  • Levels of Care: Intermediate Care Facility
  • Income Waiver: This waiver waives parent income for eligibility, but a parental payment may apply. See What Does It Cost? for more information.
  • Waiver Type: 1915(c)
  • Spots: 5730
  • Expiration Date: 12/31/2016
  • Description from medicaid.govProvides consumer education and training, day service,s respite, support and service coordination, supported employment, supportive home care, consumer and family directed supports, FMS, adaptive aids, adult family home, children's foster care/treatment foster care, communication aids, community integration, consultative behavioral intervention, counseling and therapeutic services, daily living skills training, early intensive behavioral intervention, home mods, housing counseling, housing start up, mentoring, nursing, PERS, specialized transportation, specialized medical and therapeutic supplies for individuals with autism, DD, ID, ages 0-21.
  • Online State Information: Children's Long Term Support Waivers
  • How to Apply: Contact your local County Agency.
  • Waiting List: There are 675 people with developmental disabilities and 1938 children on Wisconsin's waiting list.
  • Advocacy/Support Group: Let us know if there is one.

Children's Long Term Support SED Waiver

  • Target Population: Children with serious emotional disturbance or mental illness.
  • Ages: 0-21
  • Levels of Care: Hospital
  • Income Waiver: This waiver waives parent income for eligibility, but a parental payment may apply. See What Does It Cost? for more information.
  • Waiver Type: 1915(c)
  • Spots: 1930
  • Expiration Date: 12/31/2016
  • Description from medicaid.govProvides consumer education and training, day services, respite, support and service coordination, supported employment, supportive home care, consumer and family directed supports, FMS, adaptive aids, adult family home, children's foster care/treatment foster care, communication aids, community integration, consultative behavioral intervention, counseling and therapeutic services, daily living skills training, early intensive behavioral intervention, home mods, housing counseling, housing start up, mentoring, nursing, PERS, specialized transportation, specialized medical and therapeutic supplies for individuals with SED, ages 0-21.
  • Online State Information: Children's Long Term Support Waivers
  • How to Apply: Contact your local County Agency.
  • Waiting List: There are 675 people with developmental disabilities and 1938 children on Wisconsin's waiting list.
  • Advocacy/Support Group: Let us know if there is one.

Children's Long Term Support Physical Disability Waiver

  • Target Population: Children with physical or other health disabilities.
  • Ages: 0-21
  • Levels of Care: Nursing Facility
  • Income Waiver: This waiver waives parent income for eligibility, but a parental payment may apply. See What Does It Cost? for more information.
  • Waiver Type: 1915(c)
  • Spots: 569
  • Expiration Date: 12/31/2016
  • Description from medicaid.govProvides consumer education and training, day services, respite, support and service coordination, supported employment, supportive home care, consumer and family directed supports, FMS, adaptive aids, adult family home, children's foster care/treatment foster care-PD, communication aids, community integration, counseling and therapeutic services, daily living skills training, home mods, housing counseling, housing start up, mentoring, nursing, PERS, specialized transportation, specialized medical and therapeutic supplies for individuals, ages 0 - 21, with physical and other disabilities.
  • Online State Information: Children's Long Term Support Waivers
  • How to Apply: Contact your local County Agency.
  • Waiting List: There are 675 people with developmental disabilities and 1938 children on Wisconsin's waiting list.
  • Advocacy/Support Group: Let us know if there is one.