About Us

The Northern Regional Center for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs (CYSHCN) is dedicated to meeting family needs through a statewide coordinated system of information, referral and follow up, family to family support and strong partnerships with providers in 15 counties and 6 tribes of northern Wisconsin.

The Regional Center provides free and confidential services for children:

  • Less than 22 years of age
  • with a physical, developmental, behavioral or emotional condition that has lasted over a year or will last that long
  • who require more health or educational services than other children their same age

Meet Allison Lourash

Allison Lourash, Northern Regional Center Program Manager

Allison has personal and professional experience working with families for over 20 years who are navigating systems to help their kids. She recently became the Program Manager for the Northern Regional Center and is excited to partner with families, providers, and others in the CYSHCN Network across the state to find answers and support families.

CYSHCN Philosophy

We believe that:

  • Children are best served within their family
  • Children and families are best supported within the context of their community
  • Families need to have convenient access to care coordinators
  • Collaboration is the best way to provide comprehensive services
  • Family perspectives and presence must be included in all aspects of the system.

Our goal is to meet the needs of children and youth with special needs by focusing on the unique strengths of family members, responding to all requests in a timely manner, by finding resources as close to home as possible and by working with local partners collaboratively to serve the children and their families.

CYSHCN Mission

The Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs Program will collaborate with national, state and community-based partners to link children to appropriate services, close service gaps, reduce duplication and develop policies to better serve families.

Northern Region Center Office

The Northern Regional Center office is located in Wausau, Wisconsin and supports 15 counties and 6 tribes. Staff are available to help problem solve, provide information or make referrals to community, state and national resources. We regularly travel in the area so can drop off resources, meet for coffee, or host a training in your home community. The Northern Regional Center for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs (CYSHCN) is funded by the Public Health Division of the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, through the Maternal and Child Health Title V Services Block Grant.