Wisconsin First Step
At Wisconsin First Step our mission is to assist parents in finding resources for their children with special needs. We serve children and youth from birth to age 21 who have physical, cognitive, or mental health challenges.
Contact us to get information on a variety of programs that may be able to help.
- Call: Call us 24 hours/day, 7 days/week at 1-800-642-7837
- Chat: Chat with a Parent Specialist about your needs. It is available Monday through Friday 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
- Search online: Use our database to find the resources you need.
Wisconsin’s Birth to 3 Program
Birth to 3 is an early intervention program to help identify infants and toddlers who may have developmental delays or disabilities. Services are provided in the child’s natural environment at no cost or minimal cost to the family. Contact us to find your local Birth to 3 office.
Children’s Long-Term Support Waiver Program
The state of Wisconsin offers the Children’s Long-Term Support Waiver program to children that have a physical, cognitive, or mental health disability. The Waiver program can assist in funding programs and equipment that will allow a child to live as independently as possible.
Katie Beckett Program
Katie Beckett is a Health Insurance program for children with disabilities. Eligibility is based on the child’s diagnosis and functional level, as well as, the child’s income and assets. Parents’ income and assets are not counted. This insurance can serve as secondary insurance coverage when the child is covered through a family insurance plan.
Supplemental Security Income
Children who have a condition that significantly limits their independence may be eligible to receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI). This is a monthly financial benefit that is based on both the child’s disability and on the household income and assets.
Mental Health Resources
In an attempt to assist more families in accessing mental health services for their children, our database includes numerous mental health resources such as evaluation and assessment services, counseling agencies, day treatment options, and children’s inpatient or residential mental health agencies.
At Wisconsin First Step we keep a wide variety of information that may be helpful to our callers, including information pertaining to special education, parent support groups, financial assistance programs, home healthcare, respite care, therapy providers, medical transportation, transition services, and developmental evaluations. Call us with your questions.