About Collaborative Systems of Care:
The Coordinated Services Team Initiative
To implement a practice change and system transformation in Wisconsin by having a strength-based coordinated system of care, driven by a shared set of core values, that is reflected and measured in the way we interact with and deliver supports and services for families involved in multiple systems of care, such as: substance abuse, mental health, child welfare, juvenile justice, and special education.
Core Values Guiding the CST Initiative
Wisconsin Department of Health Services
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) provides funding and support for counties and tribes in Wisconsin to develop and sustain Coordinated Services Team (CST) Initiatives. The CST page on the DHS website includes information on core values, CST statewide expansion, and Governor Walker's CST Mental Health Reform Package.
Wisconsin has been developing collaborative systems of care since 1989. The original initiatives, Integrated Services Projects (ISP), focused on supporting families with children with Severe Emotional Disabilities (SED) in their homes and communities. In 2002, the collaborative process used by ISP was expanded with the development of the Coordinated Services Team Initiative. While CST uses the same wraparound process as ISP, the target group is broader. Although children with SED continue to be a priority target group, children and families who do not have an SED diagnosis, but do have complex needs and are involved in at least two systems of care are also eligible for involvement. In 2010, WI State Statute 46.56 that governed ISP initiatives was updated to reflect CST.
Download the full Statute (updated 2010): State Statute 46.56.
History of the CST Initiative in Wisconsin
Following is a brief summary of the history of the CST Initiative in Wisconsin. A downloadable, more detailed summary, is also available: History of CST (updated 6/2014).