University of Wisconsin–Madison

Please Plan to Attend the Public Hearing on the Developmental Disabilities Budget, September 13, 2017! Your voice is important and needs to be heard.

The Public Hearing on the Proposed 2018 Developmental Disabilities budget will be Wednesday, September 13, 2017 at 6:00 PM at Alliant Energy Center!

Dane County Officials are working hard to do what they can to make the transition to Family Care and IRIS the best it can be. There is much good in the proposed Dane County Human Services budget.

But, the Proposed Budget does not fully fund the Waisman Center Community Programs safety net services (nursing, crisis intervention, assistance with challenging behaviors) that keep people with developmental disabilities healthy, safe, and living and working in the community. The effects of the transition to Family Care and IRIS will be felt during all of 2018. There is nothing like the Waisman Center Community Programs in Family Care and IRIS. We must keep Waisman Center Community Programs going all year, to give people the best chance to succeed in the new, privatized system of managed care. We must continue to keep people out of institutions and out of crisis situations. That is what the Waisman Center Community Programs do and we need those programs funded for all of 2018.

We need a big crowd on Wednesday.  People with disabilities, their families, and allies need to make our voices heard to our County Elected Officials to ensure adequate Dane County funding for unique and critical services during all of 2018.

You can help by doing one or all of the following:

  • Show up at the hearing to be part of a big crowd.
  • Register at the hearing in support of full funding in 2018 for all  Waisman Center Community Programs Safety-net services
  • Speak at the hearing to express how important it is to keep unique and irreplaceable services going in 2018

Proposed 2018 Budget Info and Talking Points

We will also have volunteers at the hearing to help you register and check in. So, mark your calendars and plan to attend!

Melissa Mulliken, 608/206-1818 or

Community Outreach Wisconsin (COW) is a group of unique cutting-edge programs within the University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities at the Waisman Center, UW-Madison. These programs contract with Dane County Human Services and work extensively with individuals and community teams supporting persons with developmental disabilities.

Our Programs

Community TIES (Training, Intervention, and Evaluation Services) Behavioral Support

TIES Clinic

Crisis Response

Adaptation and Modification (A&M)


Community Training and Consultation

Wellness Inclusion Nursing (WIN)

Living Our Visions

Dane County SDS Program and the Choices Newsletter

Training and Event Calendar

Wed 20

Managing Threatening Confrontations

September 20 @ 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
Tue 26

Save My Skin

September 26 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Tue 26

Safe Medication Administration

September 26 @ 12:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Wed 27
Oct 09

Exploring Art

October 9 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am