Regional Centers for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs

Wisconsin has five Regional Centers dedicated to supporting families with children and youth with special health care needs and the providers who serve them. The Centers are staffed by specialists who can help get answers, find services and connect families to community resources.

Physicians may refer a child and family to a Regional Centers using this Wisconsin Department of Health Services approved referral form.

Their services are free and confidential:

  • Information on a child's special needs
  • Problem-solving around available resources
  • Available services
  • Assistance locating doctors and dental care
  • Communicating with schools
  • Health benefits assistance
  • Youth health transition planning
  • Parent-to-parent support
  • Training & advocacy for Medical Home
Southern Region Southeast Regional Center Northeast Regional Center Marathon County Chippewa County

What is a Regional Center?

Ann Behrmann, MD, former Western Regional Center Director Wynne Cook, and Marcia Wirt, MD, describe the services that Regional Centers provide physicians and families of children and youth with special health care needs.

Who are Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs?

Ann Behrmann, MD, reflects on children and youth with special health care needs who can benefit from having a medical home. 

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