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What’s the Children’s Community Options Program (CCOP)?

CCOP provides flexible funding and service coordination to support families who need assistance caring for their child with long-term support needs. The program aims to identify potential supports to promote the child's inclusion in family activities and community settings. Funding can be used for a range of different supports and services that assist the family in successfully caring for their child at home.

 

Supports may also help your child take part in family and community activities. Services are based on an individualized assessment and a service plan that are completed by a local service coordinator working in partnership with the family. . Outcomes must be specific to each child and based on the child and family’s unique circumstances, goals, values, and priorities. The assessment also explores preferences for service delivery, living arrangement, medical care, and community participation.

Eligibility Criteria

 

Children and their families who meet all of the following requirements are eligible to receive goods and services on a first come, first-served basis within the limits of CCOP funding:

  • The child has a disability.

  • The child is under age 22.

  • The child meets an eligible level of care based on the CLTS Functional Screen.

  • The child lives in an eligible setting, as defined by the CLTS Waiver Program (PDF).

HOW TO APPLY?

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Families apply for services locally. The application process includes an eligibility determination. When a family requests services or is referred to the program, a service coordinator schedules a home visit to begin the eligibility determination process.

 

The service coordinator gathers information from a variety of sources, which may include interviews with the family, contacting other professionals who work with the child, reviewing the child’s medical history and/or educational records, and more.

 

The family and service coordinator work together to identify the child and family’s unique capacities, strengths, needs, and desired outcomes, and explore a variety of supports as they develop a service plan.

 

Formal supports may include medical, social services, and educational resources. Informal supports may include friends, family, neighbors, community groups, businesses, and organizations. Through this process, the service coordinator may help families learn about and access services in their community.

COST?

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When your child is receiving CCOP-funded services, you may have to pay a portion of the costs. After you and your service coordinator have finalized the development of your child and family-centered individual service plan (ISP), your service coordinator will apply a formula to determine whether or not you will have a parental payment liability.

 

All the rules and the specifics of  cltsthe formula are described in detail in Wis. Admin. Code ch. DHS 1(link is external).

 

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) Bureau of Children's Services (BCS) provides a Worksheet for Determination of Parental Payment Limit, F-01337 (Excel) that your county waiver agency may use to determine whether or not you will have a parental payment liability.

 

The formula is based upon the rules in DHS 1. These rules take into consideration the size of your family, your family's income, and current federal poverty guidelines (link is external).

 

Your payment liability must be reassessed during your child's annual recertification. It may be reassessed more often if there are significant changes to your child's service plan or to your family's financial situation. Be sure to talk with your service coordinator if you feel the payment liability should be recalculated.

SOURCE: DHS Wisconsin CLTS