CYSHCN Network

The Northern CYSHCN Regional Center is one of five Regional Centers in Wisconsin. The five Regional Centers along with the following organizations make up the CYSHCN Network. 

Advocacy and Benefits Counseling (ABC) for Health is a Wisconsin-based non-profit public interest law firm dedicated to ensuring health care access for children and families, particularly those wth special needs or who are at risk. ABC for Health’s mission is to provide health care consumers with the information, advocacy tools, legal service, and expert support they need to navigate through the complex and often confusing health care financing system. Referrals from the Regional Center for CYSHCN may help you get connected to ABC for Health if you are having any health care coverage issues.

Family Voices of Wisconsin is a statewide non-profit organization focused on supporting the voice of families in decision-making, leadership and systems change roles. Family Voices provides information, training, and support around health care and community services to families and supports essential partnerships between families and professionals. Family Voices training series Did You Know? Now You Know! and What’s After High School are offered statewide.

Parent 2 Parent of Wisconsin provides one-to-one connections for parents new to having a child with special needs, experiencing a time of stress or simply seeking support, resources and information with another parent who has been there.

WellBadger The Well Badger Resource Center is a health information and referral service operated by the Wisconsin Women’s Health Foundation (WWHF), in partnership with the Wisconsin Department of Health Services . Well Badger is the new home of the Wisconsin MCH Hotlines, Wisconsin First Step, and Wisconsin Informed Consent Help Lines. The Well Badger Resource Center provides Information & Referral (I&R) services to individuals, families, and health professionals throughout the state. We specialize in information and referrals for health care services and resources including WIC, BadgerCare Plus, Wisconsin Well Woman, services for children and youth with special health care needs, mental health services, and many more. Well Badger Resouce Center is staffed by AIRS-Certified Information & Referral Specialists. Services are available to individuals from across Wisconsin, operating Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Assistance is also available via email, text message, online live chat, and online searchable database.

The purpose of the Wisconsin Statewide Medical Home Initiative (WiSMHI) is to promote the concepts of medical home for primary care clinicians, families, and service providers throughout Wisconsin. Training, technical assistance and resources will be provided to support Medical Home implementation with a focus in the areas of early identification of developmental concerns in the primary care practice and coordination of care and services including those for youth with special health care needs.

The purpose of the Wisconsin WIC CYSHCN Nourishing Special Needs Network is to improve access to nutrition services and support for infants and children with birth defects and other special health care needs in Wisconsin. Building on the existing capacity of the Women Infants and Children (WIC) Program, this Network is facilitating the recruitment and training of a Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs (CYSHCN) WIC Nutrition Consultant(s) in each Division of Public Health Region.

Youth Health Transition: The Youth Health Transition Initiative provides Wisconsin’s youth, family members, providers, and other community collaborators with information on the movement from the pediatric world to adult health care. Tools, materials, and resources are available to help teens, families, and health care systems in the health care transition process.