Public Support Programs

Downloadable guide for families of children with special healthcare needs in WI – includes explanation of available programs 

Wisconsin Adult Long Term Care – Start with the ADRC in your area

The ADRC can determine if you will be eligible for public funding for your long-term care.  The ADRC can help you prepare your Medicaid application, if eligible.

The ADRC will also provide:

  • Information about the choices you have when making decisions about where to live, what kind of help you need, where to receive that care and help, and how to pay for it.
  • One-on-one consultation to help you think through the pros and cons of the various options in light of your situation, values, resources, and preferences.
  • Information about Wisconsin’s long-term care programs and help connect you to resources in your area.

TIPS FOR DEALING WITH LONG TERM SUPPORTS FUNCTIONAL SCREENERS

  • Become familiar with the DHS Functional Screen Instructions
  • Provide all medical and mental health diagnostic reports from your providers
  • Obtain and submit to your screener a detailed and recent functional evaluation by a neuropsychologist familiar with FASD.  If the person with FASD is not a reliable reporter when interviewed, ask the neuropsychologist to include this in the report.
  • Prepare a list of behaviors you have observed in each of the domains listed on the functional screen that give your concern about the person with FASD’s competency or safety.  List both your concern and the behavior you have observed. Go over this list with the screener.
  • If possible, also discuss this list with the person you care for.
  • Ask for a copy of the functional screen when it is completed and also find out when it will be updated.

Social Security –  Tips for applying with an FASD Diagnosis

Food Stamps

Medical Insurance

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