Wisconsin Resources and Links to National Organizations

We have created a list of links, immediately below, categorized into groups that we believe are of relevant importance to you, as well as to our organization.  Following the categories is an alphabetical list of the Wisconsin resource organizations along with their information.  If you have any suggestions, comments, and/or links that you think should be included, please contact: info@wifamilyties.org.

Click on a resource link below to see more information on that resource:

Wisconsin Resources

Disorders/Support Groups

Education/Special Education

Health Care

Legal

Miscellaneous

Links to National Resources

Alphabetical Listing of Wisconsin Resource Organizations

ABC for Health
152 W. Johnson St., Suite 206
Madison, WI  53703
1-800-585-4222 (client services)
608-261-6939
608-261-6938 (fax)
www.abcforhealth.org
info@safetyweb.org

Assists families with children under age 19 in accessing healthcare by providing information, counseling, and advocacy on healthcare financing resources. Health Insurance Guidebook available online.

Autism Society of Wisconsin
Jane Pribek / Administrative Director
PO Box 165
Two Rivers, WI  54241
1-888-428-8476 (info line for parents)
1-920-553-0278 (general office)
www.asw4autism.org

asw@asw4autism.org

Provides support, referral and information to the autism community in Wisconsin.  Sponsors annual conference, quarterly newsletter, and information about support groups statewide.

Children & Adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD)
8181 Professional Place, Ste 201
Landover, MD  20785
800-233-4050
301-306-7070
301-305-7090 (fax)
www.chadd.org

Provides general information/education regarding ADD/ADHA.  National Call Center refers to chapters.

FACETS (Wisconsin Family Assistance Center for Education, Training & Support)
2714 N. Dr. Martin Luther King Drive
Milwaukee, WI  53212
877-374-4677 (toll free)
414-374-4645 (voice)
414-374-4655 (fax)
414-374-4635 (TTY)
www.WiFACETS.org
wifacets@execpc.com

The entity in Wisconsin receiving federal funds to provide individual assistance to parents of children receiving special education service: advocacy, information & referral, workshops, support groups, parent leadership development.

Katie Beckett Program
Bureau of Developmental Disabilities Services (BDDS)
P.O. Box 7851
Madison, WI  53707-7851
1-800-362-3002
608-266-3236
www.dhfs.state.wi.us/bdds/kbp

Medical Assistance program based on federal and state statute offering an M.A. card to certain children under 19 years with chronic illness or disabilities who reside with their families.  Income level not restricted.

Learning Disabilities Association of Wisconsin
(414) 299-9002
Toll Free: (866) LDA-WISC
or
(866) 532-9472
www.ldawisconsin.com
LDAWisconsin@hotmail.com

Non-profit with national affiliation, volunteer-run membership organization giving information and referrals on learning disabilities to callers.  Three newsletters/year and hosts annual conference.

Legal Action of Wisconsin
For SE, NE, and Western Wisconsin call: 1-888-278-0633
OR do internet search at: www.legalaction.org

Civil and legal services assisting low-income elderly, families, children and the disabled with legal matters affecting fundamental needs including housing, benefits, healthcare access, and ending family violence.  As of Jan. 1, 2003, new offices in Green Bay, Oshkosh, La Crosse, and Dodgeville.  For NW Wisconsin, see Wisconsin Judicare.

Medical Assistance (MA) Coverage and Benefits
Bureau of Healthcare Financing

6406 Bridge Road
Madison, WI  53784-0018
1-800-828-4777 (HIRSP medical insurance)
1-800-362-3001 Medical Assistance
1-800-362-3002 Medicaid or BadgerCare questions
www.dhfs.state.wi.us/medicaid  (for Wisconsin Medicaid information)
www.dhfs.wisconsin.gov/badgercare/index.htm (for Badgercare information)

National Alliance for the Mentally Ill of Wisconsin (NAMI-WI)
4233 W. Beltline Hwy.
Madison, WI  53711
1-800-236-2988
608-268-6000
608-268-6004 (fax)
http://namiwisconsin.org
nami@namiwisconsin.org

Publications, newsletter, helpline for information and referral (also in Spanish), affiliate groups throughout the State.  Primary focus is on families that include adult children.  Some support groups for families who have youth with mental illness.

Office of Civil Rights, Midwestern Division (serves Illinois, Minnesota, Wisconsin)
U.S. Department of Education
111 North Canal Street, Ste. 1053
Chicago, IL  60606-7204
Linda McGovern Director
312-886-8434
312-353-4888 (fax)
www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/index.html?src=oc
OCR_Chicago@ed.gov

Call with questions regarding implementation of 504 Plans for children.

Prevent Child Abuse Wisconsin - Women, Children & Families
211 S. Paterson, Ste 250
Madison, WI  53703
1-800-children
608-244-5376
www.preventchildabusewi.org
pcawi@preventchildabusewi.org

Provides public awareness materials regarding child abuse effects and prevention.

Respite Care Association of Wisconsin
6320 Monona Drive, Suite 314
Madison, WI 53716
Jim Schroeder, Executive Director
608-222-2033
1-866-702-RCAW (toll free)
608-222-2034 (fax)
www.respitecarewi.org
jschroeder@respitecarewi.org

A state-wide, not-for-profit organization focusing on respite care and its implementation, benefits and resources.  Lending library available.

SSI (Supplemental Security Income)
6011 Odana Road
Madison, WI  53719
9:00 - 4:00 M-F
608-833-1607 (ask for case worker)
1-800-325-0778 TTY
1-800-772-1213 (National) 7am-7pm M-F
www.ssa.gov/chicago/wisconsin.htm
webmaster@ssa.gov

The Chicago Region of the Social Security Administration encompasses the midwestern states of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin.

State Vocational Rehabilitation Agency
Dept. of Workforce Development
2417 International Lane, Suite 300
P.O. Box 7852
Madison, WI  53707
Charlene Dwyer, Executive Director
608-243-5603
www.dwd.state.wi.us/dvr/

A federal/state program designed to obtain, maintain, and improve employment for people with disabilities by working with V.R. consumers, employers, and other partners.

Wisconsin Association of Family & Children's Agencies (WAFCA)
131 W. Wilson, Ste. 901
Madison, WI  53703
John R. Grace, Exec. Dir.
608-257-5938
608-257-6067 (fax)
www.wafca.org
jgrace@wafca.org

A non-profit organization that develops and provides advocacy, training and information services for its member agencies and the people they serve.  Website has the WAFCA Member Resource List of State Residential Care Centers for Children.

Wisconsin's Birth to 3 Program
1 West Wilson St.
Madison, WI
1-800-642-7837
608-266-8276
www.dhfs.state.wi.us/bdds/birthto3/index.htm

Early intervention for children under 3 and their families.

Wisconsin Bureau of Mental Health & Substance Abuse
P.O. Box 7851
1 West Wilson
Madison, WI  53707-7841
608-267-7792
Joyce Allen, Director
www.dhfs.state.wi.us

Division within State Government whose interest is to oversee development and evaluation of mental health services throughout Wisconsin.

Disability Rights Wisconsin
Madison Office:
16 North Carroll St., Suite 400
Madison, WI  53703
608-267-0214 voice/TDD
1-800-928-8778

Milwaukee Office: (Milwaukee, Kenosha, Ozaukee, Racine, Washington, Waukesha)
2040 W. Wisconsin Ave., Suite 678
Milwaukee, WI  53233
414-342-8700 voice/TDD
1-800-708-3034

www.w-c-a.org

Provides individual advocacy for people who have been discriminated against, neglected, abused, or denied a needed service based on a disability.  Does not provide advocacy for bankruptcies, traffic ticket cases, criminal cases, or family law issues.

Wisconsin Council on Children and Families
555 W. Washington Ave., Suite 200
Madison, WI  53703
608-284-0580
608-284-0583 (fax)
www.wccf.org
Executive Director, Ken Taylor: ktaylor@wccf.org 

Since 1881 (yes!) has advocated for effective health, education, justice and human service delivery systems for children.  Provides advocacy through research and analysis, public awareness and training, technical assistance and policy initiatives.

Wisconsin Dept. of Public Instruction
125 S. Webster St.
P.O. Box 7841
Madison, WI  53703
Lynn Boreson, EBD Consultant
1-800-441-4563 ask for special ed
608-266-3390 ask for special ed
608-267-1052 (fax)
608-266-1218 (Lynn's direct line)
www.dpi.state.wi.us

State education agency to call for clarification regarding education and special education laws.  Calls are routed to a consultant in a specialty area dependent on the child's special ed classification.

Wisconsin Judicare
300 Third Street, Suite 210
P.O. Box 6100
Wausau, WI  54402-6100
715-842-1681 (voice or TDD)
800-472-1638 (voice or TDD)
715-848-1885 (fax)
www.judicare.org
info@judicare.org

Legal services for low income people living in Northern Wisconsin: Ashland, Barron, Bayfield, Burnett, Chippewa, Clark, Douglas, Dunn, Eau Claire, Florence, Forest, Iron, Langlade, Lincoln, Marathon, Marinette, Menominee, Oconto, Oneida, Pepin, Pierce, Polk, Portage, Price, Rusk, St. Croix, Sawyer, Shawano, Taylor , Vilas, Washburn, Waupaca, and Wood.

Wisconsin Special Education Mediation System (WSEMS)
Burns Mediation Services
PO Box 107
Hartland, WI 53029
1-888-298-3857
262-538-1348 (fax)
www.wsems.us  
jane@wsems.us
 

Marquette University for Dispute Resolution Education
Milwaukee, WI  53201-1881
1-800-298-3857
414-288-1425
414-288-7537 (fax)
www.marquette.edu/disputeres
wsems@marquette.edu

The program that will help in the mediation process when there are differences between what parents want in an IEP and what the school wants.

Wisconsin Statewide Parent-Educator Initiative (WSPEI)
877-844-4925

dpi.wi.gov/sped/parent.html

Supports families and schools in building positive partnerships to enhance student learning.  Training and materials for parents and educators related to special education; parent liaisons, I&R, all disabilities.  Call WSPEI's number above for CESA District information.

Wisconsin United for Mental Health
866-WIUNITED (948-6483) (Toll Free)
www.wimentalhealth.org

Wisconsin United for Mental Health is a partnership of public and private organizations created to help educate Wisconsinites about mental illness and to serve as a resource for people around the state.

U.S. Senate or House of Representative members from Wisconsin
For contact information, visit the following site:
congress.org/congressorg/dbq/officials
/directory/statedel.dbq?state=WI&order=alpha

 

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