Wisconsin Department of Children and Families

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In-Home Safety Services Worker Information

State map showing the participating counties and Indian Nations in the In-Home Safety Services Program

The Wisconsin In-Home Safety Services (IHSS) Program serves families when children are assessed unsafe and at-risk of removal from their home. Intensive and short-term services are provided to the family to keep children safe while keeping the family together.

 

The primary goal of the Wisconsin In-Home Safety Services (IHSS) Program is to keep families intact by:

  • Increasing parental protective capacities
  • Decreasing out-of-home placements
  • Helping families develop formal and informal supports
  • Reducing maltreatment to children

 

The IHSS Program reduces trauma to children by:

  • Keeping children safe with their families
  • Providing support and resources to build on family strengths
  • Preventing future maltreatment
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IHSS Program Overview

The Wisconsin Department of Children and Families (DCF), along with the 2010 Federal Children and Family Services Review (CFSR) in Wisconsin, recognized the variability among counties regarding the types of cases eligible for in-home services and the differences in case practice across the state pertaining to in-home safety service delivery. In response to the CFSR, as well as findings of other reviews of case practice, Wisconsin's Program Improvement Plan included an action step to develop a competitive award process to select demonstration sites to target improvements in:

  • Information collection
  • Safety decision-making
  • In-home safety service delivery

As a result, In-Home Safety Services (IHSS) began as a competitive award process in 2011. Since 2011, the program has undergone refinements as workers and the state continued to learn about safety and relevant evidence-based practices.

In-Home Safety Services (IHSS) Program is operating in 21 counties in the balance of state (BOS) and in two of the federally recognized tribes in Wisconsin. Milwaukee county (DMCPS) has a similar but distinct program called Intensive In-Home Services.

IHSS Program Documents

The documents below provide the program framework for Wisconsin’s balance of state (BOS) and tribal In-Home Safety Services (IHSS) program implementation beginning in 2017.

Balance of State Program Manual for Counties and Consortiums describes the framework for IHSS funding and program requirements for participating counties.

Balance of State Program Manual for Tribes describes the framework for IHSS funding and program requirements for participating tribes.

IHSS Outcome Documentation for Tribes is an Excel spreadsheet to record information on program partipants and document post program outcomes.

How to Enroll a Child in In-Home Safety Services for the Balance of the State provides a step-by-step guide for counties to enroll a child in the BOS IHSS Program through eWiSACWIS.

IHSS Financial Documents

The documents below provide the financial framework for Wisconsin’s balance of state (BOS) and tribal In-Home Safety Services (IHSS) Program implementation beginning in 2017.

IHSS Fiscal Manual provides an overview of the fiscal aspects of the IHSS Program for BOS counties and tribes.

IHSS Cost Reporting Form is an Excel spreadsheet to used by BOS counties and tribes to report quarterly expenditures.

IHSS Program Resources

Standards

Child Protective Services (CPS) Standards specify the requirements necessary to perform CPS practice in the state of Wisconsin.

Policy Memos

The Policy Memos include the numbered and information memos currently in effect for child welfare practice in Wisconsin.

WICWA

Wisconsin Indian Child Welfare Act provides information on the required responsibilities for Indian child welfare practices in Wisconsin.

 

For information on the IHSS Program please contact:
DCFIHSSProgram@wisconsin.gov