Who We Serve

The Southeast Regional Center for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs serves families and providers caring for children with special health care needs across southeastern Wisconsin.  There are over 91,000 children and youth with special needs in our region which is about 39% of all children with special needs in Wisconsin.

According to the federal definition, children with special health care needs are children birth to 21 years of age with a long term, chronic, physical, developmental, behavioral, or emotional illness or condition. In addition, the condition or illness:

  • Is severe enough to restrict growth, development, or ability to engage in usual activities
  • Has been or is likely to be present or persist for 12 months to lifelong; and,
  • Is of sufficient complexity to require specialized health care, psychological, or educational services of a type or amount beyond that required generally by children.

Examples include cerebral palsy, leukemia, diabetes, autism, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, and severe asthma.