IRIS (Include, Respect, I Self-Direct)


State Policies & Initiatives: 
Medicaid & Employment

~~The IRIS program is a Medicaid Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) waiver for self-directed long-term supports. The program is an option for adults with long-term care needs. The Wisconsin Department of Health Services, Division of Medicaid Services (DMS), Office of IRIS Management under the authorization of the Centers for Medicaid & Medicare Services (CMS) is responsible for oversight of the IRIS program.

IRIS is available to Wisconsin residents determined financially eligible for Medicaid, functionally in need of nursing home or Intermediate Care Facility for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities (ICF/IID) level of care; and living in a county where managed long-term care and IRIS are available. People who are eligible have the choice of IRIS or managed care through their local Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC).”

  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Department of Health Services
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