The Wisconsin Board for People with Developmental Disabilities collaborates with organizations in Wisconsin to expand community-based services to support people to safely explore, connect, and contribute to their communities while developing specific life skills.

These “Building Full Life” (BFL) services meet the new requirements of the Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Settings Rule and Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) by supporting people in the community on a pathway to greater independence, meaningful connections and relationships, and employment.

For people who are already employed in the community, Building Full Life services can provide them with opportunities to continue to learn and grow by building skills necessary to maintain healthy lives and relationships, and be involved in their communities.

Building Full Lives provides individualized supports and services for:

  • Generating interest in and familiarity with being in the community, rather than in a facility-based program, through supported exposure and engagement
  • Targeted skill development
  • Meaningful community involvement and contribution
  • Safely considering employment through exposure and exploration in the community


Building Full Lives Stories:


Wisconsin Specific Resources:

  • Overview of Building Full Lives initiative: Link
  • Connecting to a Building Full Lives Service Provider: Link
  • Building Full Lives Service Model and Best Practices: Link


Service Provider Resources:

  • Positive Personal Profile: Template
  • Developing a Positive Personal Profile: Article
  • WorkLink Life Skills Assessment: Template
  • WorkLink Self-Reliance Assessment: Template
  • BFL Service Data: Template
  • BFL Monthly Report: Template
  • BFL 6-Month Report: Template
  • Sample staff manual – Headwaters, Inc. Community Services Manual: Link


National Resources: