provide a fair and equitable means for eligible children accessing
services through Family Support Program, Children's Long Term Support Waiver,
Children's Mental Health Supportive Services and Community Options
Applies to all children seeking services through
Family Support Program, Children's Long Term Support Waiver,
Children's Mental Health Supportive Services, and Community Options
Emotional disturbances (SED)
- Family Support
- Children’s Long
Term Support Wavier (CLTSW) includes the target groups DD,PD, SED
Mental Health Supportive Services (CMHSS)
Options Program (COP)
- Eligible Child
means a child that:
- Meets financial guidelines
- Is functionally eligible as determined by the Children's
Requests for services can be made to the La Crosse County Human Services
Department's (LCHSD), Family and
Children’s Intake. A Children with Special Needs referral will be completed and
forwarded to the Supervisors of Children with Special Needs Unit I &
Supervisors will consult and determine which unit will follow up
on the referral.
A social worker from the Family &
Children's Section will be
assigned the referral and will complete a CLTSW Functional Screen to determine eligibility.
- Once a child is determined eligible,
(a) through (c) will occur:
(a) The family/child will be offered a full assessment and
be provided based on assessed needs and availability of Service
Coordination time and service dollars.
(b) The child’s name will be placed on the waiting list
based on the
date he/she was found functionally eligible. The family will be
of their position on the waiting list. The
Department shall make an
offer of assessment, which if accepted,
must be completed within
45 days. If the applicant agrees, the
assessment may be delayed
until a time nearer to when funds
would be available.
The child’s name will be placed on the
waiting list per (b) and the
child will be offered
the support of the Family Resource Liaison to
help the family connect
with community resources.
- If a child is found ineligible, the family will be notified of
the appeal process. The family will be informed of other community
resources by the Family Resource Liaison.
- Once notified, the department shall ensure that children from
another county who move into La Crosse County are placed on the local
- LCHSD will notify
children/families of their status on the waiting list as well as an
estimate of when funding for support and services may become available
in January and July of each calendar year.
- Supervisors will monitor the availability of service funds,
Support and Service Coordination capacity and projected expenses to
determine when a child would begin services. Prior to taking a child off
the waiting list, the Department must ensure that the health and safety
needs and other assessed needs of existing children are being
- Children will be added to the waiting list according to the date
eligibility was established. Children will be taken off the waiting
list on a first come first served basis. The Department agrees to:
Make reasonable efforts to serve children with a higher level of
service needs that may include the provision of services based on
partial funding availability.
When full funding is not available, the
Department may provide
for less than all of the assessed services, but must assure the
health and safety of the child.
The Department will notify the consumer and their family of any
inherent in the implementation of the partially funded plan.
partial services are established and health and safety are
assured, the remaining services must be added when funding
- Exemptions to the first come first served policy may be granted
under the following circumstances:
Court ordered placements
Children currently funded by the FSP or CMHSS (assuming
financial and functional eligibility) where current
- services dollars are
not adequate to meet their health
- and safety needs.
Emergency situations where it is likely that an out of home
placement will result if services were not provided.
- (d) Children between the ages of 3 and 8 who enter the CLTSW
through the Intensive Autism Benefit. These children could
be added to
the waiting list for services not covered by the Autism
on the date the assessed need was identified.
Situations were there may be a terminal condition or other high
medical needs that would result in significant issues with health and
- In the event that the LCHSD is unable to contact the parent or
legal guardian of a child when the child’s name comes up on the waiting
list, the child’s name will be removed from the waiting list. The
Department will attempt to first contact the parent or legal guardian by
phone and then by certified letter.
criteria have been established by the Family Support Advisory Committee
in allocating Family Support Funds:
Family Support Priority
Children with Severe Disabilities (meeting
the CLTSW functional
screen) that are at risk of out of home placement.
2) Children with Severe
Disabilities (meeting the CLTSW functional screen) that do not have any
other county funding attached to them.
3) Children with Severe
Disabilities (meeting the CLTSW functional screen) that have other
county funding attached to them.
Each child’s priority status will be reviewed annually (September –
October). Having funding one year does not guarantee funding the next
Annually individual budgets will be established based on agreement
of assessed needs between the family and the service coordinator.
Criteria in section (B) will be used to prioritize family budgets and
overall FSP budget and to manage the waiting list.
Annually the FSP Service Coordinators will review in order of
priority to determine funding options:
1) Children who currently have FSP funds or are at risk of out of
2) Children on the FSP waiting list with no county funds attached
3) Children with MA Waiver Funding in need of services or goods
- are not waiver allowable.
Emergency funds of $10,000
1. In crisis
situations which is defined as a period of time marked by high
stress in the family. The stress may be caused by one of a number of
factors including but not limited to: marital problems, poverty,
single parenthood, more then one child with a disability, a child
with a terminal illness, etc. The stress may be exaggerated by
circumstances such as illness, birth of a child, divorce, etc.
out-of-home placement for the child.
Planning to bring their
child home from an out-of-home placement.
(B) In considering ongoing budget requests for Family Support Funding, the
- following priorities are established:
Meeting the child’s health and safety needs.
2. Meeting family needs for building modifications, ramps, bathroom
3. Transportation issues related to vehicle modifications.
4. Educational needs not supplied by the schools, i.e. computer
software for home programs that will enable the child to be more
independent, programs or materials that can be used to stimulate the
5. Social / Recreational activities