IRIS - Include, Respect, I Self-Direct

Program Overview
Include, Respect, I Self-Direct (IRIS) is a Medicaid, long-term support, self-directed waiver program sponsored by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services available in Ozaukee and other counties across Wisconsin that provide Family Care. If you choose IRIS you manage your own services within a budget determined by your needs.

IRIS allows you or your guardian to choose, control and design your own support and service plan to meet your functional, vocational, medical and social needs. With IRIS, you have control over the type of services you receive at home or in your community residence. IRIS is grounded in the core values of self-determination:
  • Authority to purchase services within a specific budget
  • Confirmation of the important role of self advocates
  • Freedom to decide how you want to live your life
  • Responsibility for wise use of public dollars and recognition of the contribution you make to your community
  • Support to organize resources in ways that are life enhancing and meaningful to you
IRIS Eligibility
To be eligible you must be age 18 or older and have a physical or developmental disability or be elderly and frail. You must meet state functional requirements (as determined by the Functional Screen) and must be financially eligible for Wisconsin Medical Assistance (Medicaid).