Families benefit when there is one reliable, statewide source for trustworthy and accurate information. Wisconsin’s Aging and Disability Resource Centers (ADRCs) offer this for adults, but there is no statewide, coordinated effort to connect families who have children with disabilities to the supports and services they need.
Now is the time to educate your state legislators about creating a statewide Disability Resource Center for Children and Families (DRCCF) for children with disabilities or special health care needs.
How Would the DRCCF Benefit Families?
The DRCCF would be a single, statewide name and phone number to coordinate outreach, regional staff, referrals to county services. DRCCF staff would be trained to guide families on navigating complex systems including:
- Information, assistance and resources to find available community resources, programs and services
- Advocacy services and benefits counseling
- Access to eligibility determination for long-term supports, services, mental health supports and Medicaid
Explanation of DRCCF (video, 9 minutes)
What’s Needed to Make DRCCF a Reality?
$2.9 million in state funding is needed to develop and implement a statewide Disability Resource Center for Children and Families so families know where to get the help they need.
What Can I Do?
Educate your elected officials and members of the Joint Finance Committee. You are the most important person to explain the importance of DRCCF to families who have children with disabilities. You can call, write or visit your state representative.
Information to Share with Your Legislator: