Children’s Long Term Support Waiver Program: Elimination of the Disability Determination Requirement

Mental Health Task Force/ Make It Work Milwaukee Update

Some good news from Wisconsin Department of Health Services. Effective July 1, DHS will no longer require that children applying for the Children Long Term Support (CLTS) Waiver Program have a Disability Determination. Since many lower income families access Medicaid through BadgerCare, they may have not had a need to obtain a disability determination for their child. The requirement for a disability determination discouraged some lower income families from pursuing eligibility for the CLTS waiver, and caused delays in determining eligibility and access to waiver services for children and their families. See below for a link to the DHS memo regarding this positive policy change.

By way of background, note that this requirement was already waived since 2010 for counties that chose to participate in the Compass Wisconsin: Threshold unified intake project, which includes most large counties. Threshold provides a unified point for intake, application and eligibility determination for children’s long-term support (CLTS) services for families in the following counties: Adams, Columbia, Dane, Green, Jackson, Jefferson, Kenosha, LaCrosse, Lafayette, Marquette, Monroe, Ozaukee, Racine, Rock, Walworth, Washington and Waukesha counties. Families can apply for Katie Beckett Medicaid, Children’s Long-Term Support Waiver and the Children’s Community Options Program through CompassWisconsin: Threshold.

Milwaukee County and others that have not participated in Compass Wisconsin: Threshold continued to have the requirement for a disability determination which could delay access to waiver services for children and their families. By eliminating the disability determination requirement, there will be a consistent policy in all Wisconsin counties.

DHS info about Children’s Long Term Support waiver:
Milwaukee County Children’s Long Term Support Program:
Compass Threshold Wisconsin:

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