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IRIS Program

IRIS Program Overview

IRIS Stands for Include, Respect, I Self-Direct

The IRIS program lets you self-direct the care you need to live a life of independence in your home or community. Self-direction means that you choose the goods, services, and other support that are important to you. You manage your budget and are the employer of people who provide care. That means you choose whom to hire, and you decide how, when, and where they provide services. You are in control—you have the freedom to live the life you choose.

Who the IRIS Program Serves

The IRIS program is for people who live in Wisconsin and who:

  • Are at least 18 years old
  • Are eligible for Medicaid
  • Have a disability or need the type of care found in nursing homes
  • Live in your own home or a residential setting

With the IRIS Program, You Can…

  • Continue to live at home while getting services and support
  • Self-direct your home care, so you live the life of your choosing
  • Hire people you know—family, friend, or neighbor—to provide for your needs
  • Choose an IRIS Consultant Agency (ICA) and an IRIS Consultant (IC) to help you manage your choices
  • Pick a Fiscal/Employer Agent (F/EA) to help you with the paperwork that comes with being an employer of your caregivers
  • Can use the IRIS handbook to find more information

How GT Independence Supports You

At GT, we believe that you should have the freedom to choose how to live your life. This includes choosing who provides your needed support. 

We take a person-centered approach for your financial management services here at GT. This means we work hard to provide you with an exceptional customer experience. As your advocates for self-direction, we’re here to help you live the life you choose. We do this by:

  • Coordinating your enrollment paperwork 
  • Conducting background checks for your employees
  • Handling time tracking, tax filings, and insurance
  • Processing payroll and issuing payments to your employees on time
  • Providing helpful, secure technology tools 
  • Assisting with verifying your employee’s citizenship status  
  • Creating and maintaining files 
  • Helping participants with resolving questions and complaints  
  • Keeping a list of qualified caregivers on our Find a Caregiver registry on the GT Portal

Ready to self-direct your services?

Please get in touch. Everyone at GT Independence is here to help. Contact us anytime with questions about services, EVV, or anything else. Office hours are 7 AM – 5 PM CT, Monday – Friday.

Phone: 1. 877.659.4500

Learn More About the IRIS Program

To learn more about the IRIS program, please contact your local Aging, Disability, Resource Center (ADRC). Call 800.362.3002 (voice) or 711 (TTY).

Enroll an IRIS Participant or Participant-Hired Worker on DocuSign

View Helpful Forms and Packets for the IRIS Program

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