Physical Disabilities

Adults and Children


Community Options Program (COP)

The Community Options Program delivers community-based services to Wisconsin citizens who need long-term assistance in performing daily living activities in their own homes or apartments. Any person regardless of age who, due to chronic disabilities, needs a nursing home level of care which Medical Assistance would purchase is eligible for Community Options Program of Medicaid Waiver programs. Based on individual service plans, a variety of services can be funded including, but not limited to, nursing and other in home care, home modifications, case management, adaptive equipment, transportation, residential care, vocational services, respite care, and day support services. Depending on an individual's income and assets, the individual may be required to contribute toward the cost of care.

General Eligibility

Services are typically provided to:

  • Dane County residents
  • Age 18 to 64
  • Who have a significant physical disability
  • Meet functional eligibility criteria
  • Meet financial eligibility criteria
Financial Eligibility

The Dane County Department of Human Services - STEPUnit assists adults with physical disabilities in applying for the Community Options Program, Food Share, and Medical Assistance throughout Dane County. Income and assets are taken into account and co-pay may be required. Please call (608) 242-7500 for more information.


Some services may require a co-pay.

How to Apply

To apply for services, contact Community Living Alliance at: (608) 242-8335.


For more information about County-funded services, please contact:

Beth Freeman, Aging/Physical Disabilities Services Manager
Dane County Department of Human Services
1202 Northport Drive, 3rd Floor
Madison WI 53704
(608) 242-6448