Collaborating Partners

Collaborating Partners

From the early days of the grant, all five Regional Centers have worked closely with key statewide organizations. This collaboration has resulted in a strong partnership among the five Centers and their community partners. For a list of key partners, a brief description and contact informaton see list below.

Collaborating Partners


Wisconsin Regional Centers for Children and youth with Special Health Care Needs

Wisconsin Regional Centers for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs (CYSHCN)

provide a system of information, referral and follow-up services so all families of children and youth with special health care needs and providers have access to complete and accurate information. Visit us at:

Parent to Parent of Wisconsin

provides parent support to parents of children with special needs through a one-to-one connection with another parent who has similar experience and who knows first hand about the feelings and reality that comes with having a child with special needs. Visit us at:

Wisconsin First Step

Wisconsin First Step

is a statewide Information and Referral (I&R) hotline that serves families with children who have special health care needs and professionals. Wisconsin First Step has two components. It serves as the central directory for Wisconsin’s Birth To 3 Program. This statewide program provides supports and services to infants and toddlers with developmental disabilities and their families. Another component to First Step is to serve as the Information & Referral hotline for the Wisconsin Regional Centers. In addition to providing referrals to disability-related resources, parent specialists provide direct linkages to the closest CYSHCN Regional Center. A health and human services database of disability-related resources has been developed and is regularly updated. Visit us at:

Advocacy and Benefits Counseling for Health

Advocacy and Benefits Counseling for Health

is a Wisconsin-based nonprofit public interest law firm dedicated to ensuring health care access for children and families, particularly those with special needs or who are at risk. ABC for Health's mission is to provide health care consumers with the information, advocacy tools, legal services, and expert support they need to navigate through America's complex and confusing health care financing system. Visit us at:

Family Voices of Wisconsin

Family Voices of Wisconsin

is a statewide non-profit focused on supporting the voice of families in decision-making, leadership and systems change roles. FVW provides information, training and support around health care and community services to families throughout our state and supports essential partnerships between families and professionals. FVW's well received Did You Know? Now You Know! training series is offered statewide. Visit us at:

The Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Councils Children Youth with Special Health Care Needs

The Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Council’s Children/Youth with Special Health Care Needs

(CYSHCN) Project is a program which assists in providing information, resources, professional support, advocacy, parental training/ education, social service coordination and assistance and aid in resolving specific concerns or needs regarding a child’s disability to Native American families in Tribal communities in rural northern Wisconsin. The goal of the project is for each Native American child with a special health care need to obtain culturally appropriate health care service coordination, to include early identification, a complete developmental and medical assessment and to have access to primary health care services. Visit us at:

compass wisconsin

Compass Wisconsin

Threshold is a state initiative for families with children and youth with special health care needs. Trained staff partner with families to complete an application for four WI Children’s Long-Term Support (CLTS) programs. Currently, Threshold is available to families in Racine, Walworth, Kenosha, and Waukesha Counties. Families with children who have physical, developmental or behavioral needs and live in one of these counties can contact one of the numbers below to apply for the following CLTS programs:

  • Children’s Long Term Support Medicaid Waiver (including waiver applications for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders)
  • Katie Beckett Medicaid Program
  • Family Support Program
  • Community Option Program

Families in Racine, Walworth, or Kenosha County should call (toll free) 866-710-4054.

Families in Waukesha County should call 414-266-6151.

Threshold is supported by the Department of Health Services-Bureau of Long Term Support.



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