Wisconsin Living Well’s COVID-19 Toolkit

  • The COVID-19, or Coronavirus, outbreak has left a lot of people in need of new or different resources and clear information. While the situation continues to change all the time, we want you to have access to the information and tools you need to stay healthy, safe, and connected. We will update this information as we get it. View the Full Toolkit

What You Need to Know

COVID-19, also known as Coronavirus, is a serious illness spreading around the world. There are ways you can stay healthy and keep it from spreading to other people. Keep reading this page to learn what you can do to stay healthy.

What is COVID-19?

COVID-19 is an illness that spreads to other people easily. The common symptoms are fever, difficult breathing, and cough. For many people it is like getting a bad cold or the flu but some people can get very sick and end up in the hospital.

For more information on COVID-19 visit: www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html

 Download the Stay Healthy section of the Toolkit HERE!

The COVID-19 outbreak has temporarily changed how people are living and working. But there are still things you can ask for and do to stay safe during this time.

  • You can call your care manager or IRIS consultant immediately to ask for additional supports if you feel you need them.  The number for your care manager or IRIS consultant should be with your member handbook participant handbook or participant guide.
  • You can call your Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC) to get more information about resources if your situation has changed. You can find the number for your area’s ADRC here: https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/adrc/consumer/index.htm
  • You can call 2-1-1 for additional resources that might be in your area like housing and food assistance. You can also text COVID19 to 211-211 or visit 211wisconsin.org. 
  • If you are having a mental health crisis, you can call your county’s crisis line. The numbers are here: https://www.preventsuicidewi.org/county-crisis-lines .You can also call the Disaster Distress Helpline: 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746. If it is an emergency, call 911.
  • If you are experiencing abuse or neglect we have resources for you. You can view our How to Spot Abuse sheets and download our fillable Reporting Worksheets.

Download the Stay Safe Section of the toolkit HERE!


As of 03/24/2020, the Governor of Wisconsin has issued a Safer at Home directive. This means that you should not go into the community unless you need to pick up essential supplies like groceries or medications.

What is Social Distancing?

Social distancing means staying away from places where many people might gather like a movie theater, church, grocery stores when crowded, concerts, large family gatherings – any place where many people might be.  It means keeping space between you and others in most places you go.  This could be at work, the grocery store, or the doctor.  Think about standing at least 6 feet away from other people which is about the length of a person.  This also means not visiting family and friends, not going to work, not going to church, not going to day services, not going to school, and not going to places in the community.

During this time, you may be wondering how to see my friends or family, my care manager or IRIS consultant, my co-workers-all the people you see every day. The good thing is there are many ways to connect with other people. People can connect on their phones, computers, IPADS, smart phones. There are many services being offered free now for people who can’t leave their houses.

Check out our list of activities to try while you are practicing social distancing! We are updating it all the time with cool new things we are finding! 

Download the Stay Connected Section of the toolkit HERE!

Learn More About the Living Well Project

How do we increase health, safety, independence and well-being of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities living in our community? Over the next five years, the Living Well grant plans to develop and test approaches to improve home and community-based services for people with developmental disabilities. 

How it Works
  • Consortium is created that includes a variety of perspectives including individuals living in diverse settings, families, employment experts, advocates, service providers, teachers, etc.  The Consortium drives the project and decides what to focus on and what strategies to use.
  • Pilot sites are selected in five communities to implement a set of intervention strategies and awareness building activities. A minimum of 20 individuals with disabilities will receive services.
  • coaching team will provide training and technical assistance on topics such as self-advocacy, supported decision-making, personal futures planning, community-based services and competitive integrated-employment.
  • policy team will implement the policy recommendations from the Consortium and put them into action
Project Goals

Project Goals

  • To improve coordination of consortium partners on community capacity building and community monitoring as evidenced by shared goals, resources, and measurement
  • To increase the perceived capacity among all five stakeholder groups to self- assess, monitor, report, reduce and/or remediate situations and environments for health, safety and quality of life
  • To increase the number of communities, organizations, and systems implementing recommended policies and practices
  • To increase the number of communities, organizations, and systems implementing a comprehensive community monitoring system
  • To increase the health, safety, independence, and well-being of people with I/DD as measured by CQL’s 21 quality of life indicators measurement tool between baseline and follow-up measures
  • Waisman University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities
  • Disability Rights Wisconsin
  • WI Department of Health Services Division of Long-Term Supports and Services
  • Managed Care Organizations
  • IRIS Consultant Agencies
  • Service providers
  • Self-advocates
  • Families


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