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Family Resources

ACLU of Wisconsin

Provides information on parental rights, students’ rights, discrimination, juvenile justice, and LGBTQ+ student and family rights.


Provides education, training and advocacy for families with children with IEP’s and 504’s living anywhere in Wisconsin.

414-374-4645 / 877-374-0511

Disability Rights WI

Advocacy and help with disability services including education, healthcare, housing, transportation, employment, DVR, independent living, voting, civil rights and victim advocacy, Medicare assistance and more.


Parent 2 Parent Wisconsin

Peer support for parents facing difficult situations with their child with special needs.

Katie Beckett Medicaid

Children with disabilities may qualify for Medicaid health care coverage even if their parents/guardians do not otherwise meet the income requirements.

The Special Education Advocacy (SEA) Group

Works with your child’s school & district to get needed services for you and your child, and assists in the IEP process.


WI Department of Public Instruction

Resources for families about IEP’s and 504’s in Wisconsin.

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 you to community resources. Their services are free and private.

Advocacy & Benefits Counseling for Health, Inc. (ABC for Health)

Wisconsin-based, nonprofit public interest law firm that promotes health equity and social justice. ABC for Health is dedicated to ensuring health care access for children and families. ABC for Health’s mission is to provide health care consumers with the services and support they need to navigate a complex health care financing system.


Children’s Long-Term Support (CLTS)

The Children’s Long-Term Support (CLTS) Program helps children with disabilities and their families through support and services that help children grow and live their best lives. Check the “Who is Eligible” section to see if your child may qualify.

Emergency Mental Health Line: 988

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)

Crisis Text Line: 741741

SAMHSA National Helpline

24/7 service to provide information and referrals if you or a loved one are facing mental health and/or substance use issues.

1-800-662-HELP (4357)

Children’s Mobile Crisis (CMC)

Emergency, in home/community mental health/crisis service for youth in Milwaukee County.


NAMI Wisconsin

Provides free peer support, education, outreach programs; education and advocacy to decrease stigma and increase awareness. Their services and supports can benefit families, educators and the community.

WI Family Ties

Behavioral and mental health needs; parent peer support, liaison between families and school/service providers, guide families on how to navigate systems, emotional support, education.

Wraparound Milwaukee

Community mental health services for children in Milwaukee County.


Milwaukee Coalition for Children’s Mental Health

Raising awareness and acceptance surrounding youth mental health; parent and community engagement and support for residents of the city of Milwaukee.

WI Office of Children’s Mental Health

Provides resources, training and education for families with children struggling with mental health.

Peer-run Respites

Peer-run respites are for people experiencing increased stress or symptoms related to mental health and substance use concerns who want support and encouragement from people who have experienced similar challenges. This support and encouragement is available through an overnight stay and by phone, for adults 18 and older.

Peer Recovery Centers

Positive recovery outcomes are more likely when people with mental health and substance use challenges talk with someone who has firsthand recovery experience. There are 10 locations around Wisconsin to provide you with support

Craig Yabuki Mental Health Walk-In Clinic

Same-day care for children and teens ages 5-18 experiencing urgent mental health issues. Designed to offer an alternative to traditional urgent care and emergency room services. Located in Milwaukee.


Well Badger

Resources regarding health care coverage, services for kids with special health care needs, nutrition needs, pregnancy and parenting, financial assistance

Safe At Home

Address confidentiality program for victims of actual or threatened domestic abuse, sexual abuse, child abuse, stalking and trafficking, or those who fear for their safety

Hope Network

Provides education, support, supplies, scholarships and resources for single mothers in the greater Milwaukee area.

Children’s Hospital of WI

News, information and education on bullying, vaping, mental health, nutrition, safety and more.


Car seat and booster seat safety information, recalls, and tips to find the right seat for your child and vehicle.

Youth Resources

LGBT National Hotline: 1-888-843-4564

The Trevor Project

24/7 crisis intervention for LGBTQ+ young people


Text: START to 678678

Online chat:

National Runaway Safeline

24/7 crisis hotline, online service, and judgement-free safe space for runaways and homeless young people

1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929)

Owen’s Place – Milwaukee

Community resource center for young adults ages 16-24 who want encouragement & support on their path to independence. Offers: laundry, food pantry, kitchen, computers/internet, homework help, job search assistance, hygiene supplies, activities, mental health/recovery support, education, support groups, peer specialists, community resources. Located on 46th and Fond du Lac Avenue in Milwaukee.


Educator Resources

WI Office of Children’s Mental Health

Provides resources, training and education for all people working with children and youth struggling with mental health.

WI Department of Public Instruction

Resources, guides and instructions on everything related to IEP’s and 504’s, behavior, seclusion and restraint, as well as working with families

Tips for IEP Meetings

Useful tips, information and resources that parents want educators to know to make the IEP process more productive and comfortable.


My Plate Activities

Curricula & Lesson Plans

PBS For Educators

Molly of Denali – Alaskan Native Culture including values, history, traditions, language, as well as contemporary life.

Wild Kratts – provides natural history and age-appropriate science by building on their natural interest in animals.