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American Rescue Plan Act: No Wrong Door – Supporting Kids Together

When a family first discovers their child has differing abilities or special health care needs, figuring out what to do first and where to get support may seem daunting. Wisconsin’s wide variety of programs—each with its own criteria and processes to access services—can be confusing. Families with children who have special needs deserve an easier way to navigate the system and get help from community health care resources.

This project will support families at that crucial time following a child’s initial diagnosis, when a specific need is first identified, and throughout the years as the child grows and their needs change. We want to make sure that no matter where, when, or how a family reaches out, they will be able to connect to the resources they need to thrive.

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Share your voice—take our survey by February 6

To start this critical work, we want to first understand how to best support families of children with special needs after they’ve received a diagnosis.

You are invited to take a short survey to share your input on what would be helpful for families after their child has received a diagnosis. This could be a physical, developmental, behavioral, and/or mental health condition diagnosis. The survey should take about 5-10 minutes to complete.



The survey is voluntary. Make sure you do not share any personal information in your answers. You may skip any question you do not want to answer.

Your responses will help DHS better reach and support families.

A simplified journey for families

Later this year, we will start to build a new, simplified journey for families. Improvements include:  

  • A web-based approach that will help families to better find and explore the programs and services that may benefit their children.
  • Strengthened partnerships with professionals and care systems. A shared network will make it possible for a family working with one program, agency, or care system to be connected to others for seamless support.
  • A branding and marketing campaign to create top-of-mind awareness. Everyone who serves children with special needs will view these resources and partnerships as a comprehensive, inclusive way for families to access much-needed resources.


Last revised February 1, 2023