Topics, events and legislation that affect families in our community.
Our Listening Session Has Families and Professionals Talking
The 2019 Circles of Life Conference was a great setting for Family Voices’ annual, Family Listening Session. Over 160 parents, family members and providers ate dinner and took part in this productive and spirited discussion about family challenges and the good things that are happening all around us. Family Voices […]
Prior Authorizations: Family Input Can Make a Difference
Good news can go sideways fast when the medical service or therapy your child needs is slowed down by red tape. It starts when you hear the approval from Medicaid won’t happen without a Prior Authorization (PA). But don’t worry! We have the information on PAs that you need to smooth out […]
Important Budget Updates for Children with Disabilities
The 2019-2021 budget is moving forward. The Legislature’s Joint Finance Committee (JFC) voted on the Department of Health Services’ budget on June 4. This includes items that impact families who have children with disabilities. Family Voices will continue to watch what’s happening at the capitol closely and keep you updated [...]
Summary of Governor’s 2019-2021 State Budget Proposal
Wisconsin’s new governor has issued his first state budget proposal and it’s full of information that will affect families with children with special health care needs. No need to read all of this huge document! Family Voices has a summary of the items that matter to families. Read more here.
We are so excited to announce our new website AND address: familyvoiceswi.org. Our goal was to provide you with an easier way to access and learn about the programs and issues affecting your family or clients. Check out our new RESOURCE LIBRARY with loads of articles, fact sheets and other […]
Children’s Long-Term Support Waiver…What the heck is this?
You’ve probably seen the words, and heard about the program but have you wondered what exactly is the Children’s Long-Term Support Waiver, or CLTS? And more importantly how can it help your family? We have the fact sheets for you! We’ve taken all aspects of this state and federally-funded (but […]
What if in one day you could learn how to influence the people in charge of making decisions that affect your loved one or client with a disability? You can! Join us on March 12, 2020 in Madison for Advocacy for Change, a one-day conference that will teach you how […]
My Child has to Complete a Functional Screen. Help!
Many programs in Wisconsin that provide supports and services for children with special needs require that a functional screen be completed to determine eligibility. Examples include the Children’s Long-Term Support (CLTS) Waivers, the Children’s Community Options Program (CCOP), and the Katie Beckett Program. The screening tool collects information on your […]
If your family is applying for or is already covered by Medicaid or BadgerCare Plus and you have received a denial of benefits or eligibility, you should know that appealing the denial is not difficult. You have a right to appeal a denial and you are encouraged to do so, […]
Children with disabilities or special health care needs and their families can benefit from having help at home. Parents can also benefit from having someone outside their immediate family assist a child at home and provide much need “time off” from caregiving. However, it may be hard to find workers […]