Long-term Support

Wisconsin offers an array of community-based long-term support for adults with significant disabilities. These supports are designed to help individuals meet their goals for work, in-home supports and community participation. Eligibility is based on income and the impact of disability on a person's ability to function, such as social, emotional, physical, community living, and employment. Those experiencing the greatest impact are most likely to be eligible for long-term support. If a young adult is currently participating in the Children's Waivers, or is on a waiting list for services, the Department of Health Services (DHS) provides specific guidance on support for youth transitioning to adult services.

To find out if a young adult is eligible for long-term support, call your county Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC) or your county Human Services agency. ADRCs are service centers that provide a place for the public to get accurate, unbiased information on all aspects of life related to aging or living with a disability.

The programs available will depend on the county of residence. For more information go to:

Family Care - Family Care is a comprehensive and flexible long-term care service system, which strives to foster people's independence and quality of life, while recognizing the need for interdependence and support.

IRIS - IRIS (Include Respect I Self-Direct) is a Wisconsin program where you self-direct your publicly funded, community-based, long-term care supports and services. IRIS can help you get the life you want with the support you need. In IRIS you use your own natural supports and creativity with your budget to achieve your hopes and dreams.

A list of COP and Medicaid Home and Community-based Waivers Managed by Wisconsin Counties can be found HERE

CCOT Resources & Services

  • No services or resources have been added for County.
  • Developing Meaningful Independent Living Goals as an IEP Team
    The Measurable Postsecondary Goal in the area of Independent Living Skills should be developed based on results of the most current age appropriate transition assessment. It is important that the entire IEP team has input in determining if the child needs independent living goals. Regardless of the type of disability the student has, independent living goals may be necessary to live as independently as possible once the student graduates from high school.
  • What School Counselors Need to Know about Special Education Transition and IEP Planning
    You are Important! School Counselors can provide many valuable insights at an IEP meeting, from knowledge of postsecondary education programs to school classes and preparations that lead to successful post-school entry. Counselors can help IEP team members think ahead and prepare students in their course of study so they have the scope and sequence of classes needed for admission to postsecondary programs or entry into high quality employment following high school exit.
  • Goal Setting for Rural Transition
    Use the following form to guide the development of a plan to impact transition outcomes for your students.