Milwaukee Center for Independence: Assisting individuals with special needs

MCFI overview


many paths,one goal...

Children, adults and older adults with disabilities and special needs turn to MCFI for programs and services designed to improve quality of life. Families find the resources they need to provide opportunities for their loved ones across the life span.

MCFI programs and services change lives.

MCFI is a community resource for children, teens, adults and older adults with special needs and their families. Although the agency was founded more than 75 years ago, the past several years have brought rapid growth, from programs serving about 1,000 clients in 2000 to programs and services for more than 8,500 individuals today. This is in response to the needs of a growing population of people with special needs in Wisconsin. MCFI's more than 500 staff members are continually developing better methods of assisting people who face challenges in participating in the life of our community. We have developed effective ways to achieve significant improvement in function and quality of life, across the lifespan.

Programming is provided in six major areas:

MCFI has three affiliates - the School for Early Development & Achievement, MCFI Home Care and New Health Services.

Because we have been building upon our expertise since the agency was founded in 1938, MCFI is a resource for other service providers. We have established formal relationships with academic institutions and health care systems to produce results for our clients and data that can be used to facilitate research. The agency serves as a knowledge center as well, with an extensive internship program and an annual series of conferences to keep professionals and the public informed of new developments in the field.

MCFI is a Center of Excellence, setting standards of quality and effectiveness that are locally and nationally recognized, with programs earning consistent accreditation by CARF and the Joint Commission (JCAHO) for Pediatric Skilled Nursing. MCFI innovations have also been recognized with honors from the Public Policy Forum, Wisconsin Better Business Bureau, Rehabilitation for Wisconsin and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Everything we do is aimed at assisting our clients to achieve their highest levels of independence and create a meaningful, fulfilling and joyful life. As you navigate this Website, we hope you will take a few minutes to read a few success stories. We believe that people with physical, developmental, behavioral, economic and other challenges should be encouraged, educated, treated and supported as they move toward realizing their dreams.

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MCFI Pediatric Skilled Nursing is
Accredited by the Joint Commission. MCFI core programs are accredited by CARF


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