Children's Long Term Support Services (CLTS)

What are the Children's Long-Term Support (CTLS) Medicaid Waivers?

  • Wisconsin has three approved CLTS Waivers for children with developmental disabilities, physical disabilities, and severe emotional disturbances.
  • The purpose of the waivers is to help families support their children with severe disabilities within their own home.
  • The CLTS Waivers are funded through Medicaid and local funding.
  • They are known as Medicaid Waivers because the federal government "waived" certain regulations so that Medicaid dollars can pay for services in the community.
  • The CLTS Waivers began in 2003 and were developed as a part of the Children's Long-Term Support Redesign Project in Wisconsin.

Who is eligible for the CLTS Waiver?

  • The CLTS Waivers are available to children under 18 years of age who have a  developmental or physical disability.
  • Children under 22 years of age, who have a severe disturbance, may be eligible for CLTS Waiver services in Barron County.
  • Eligibility is determined based on functional and financial criteria.
  • The Children's Long Term Support functional screen is the tool utilized to determine functional eligibility.
  • If financial eligibility is determined there may be a parental cost share for waiver services.

What does the Children's Long Term Support Program offer?

  • Services covered under the CLTS Waivers are broad and are dependent on the child and the family's identified needs.
  • Possible services may include:
    - Adaptive Aids
    - Respite
    - Communication Aids
    - Home modifications
    - Supportive Home Care
    - Daily Living Skills
    - Service Coordination

Who decides what my child and family's needs are?

  • Once eligibility has been determined and there is available funding, a Service Coordinator will meet with children and families to help identify needs.
  • The needs of the family will vary greatly from one household to the next, therefore, plans will be individualized.
  • It is the role of the Service Coordinator to assist the family in location and securing a service provider to meet the needs the family has identified.

For more information on the CLTS Waivers Program, you may follow the State link below or contact Barron County Dept of Health & Human Services directly at 715-537-5691.

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