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Economic Support

As a result of the State of Wisconsin 2011-2013 Biennial Budget, accessing the Economic Support/Income Maintenance programs (Foodshare and Badger Care/Medicaid) has changed.

Effective January 1, 2012, Rusk County Health and Human Services Economic Support works with a group of counties called the Northern Income Maintenance Consortium. This means that eligibility and benefit determination is managed by a team of Economic Support Workers.

Also, as of January 5, 2015, the Child Care Subsidy Program will also be managed by a team of Child Care workers in the Northern Income Maintenance Consortium.

All calls, questions and applications are processed through the call/change center.  To apply or find out if you are eligible for Food Share, Badger Care, Medicaid, Child Care Subsidy or Caretaker Supplement (CTS), please contact:

The Northern Income Maintenance Consortium

Phone: 1-888-794-5722



Check out the new website for NIMC for additional information, hours and resources:

All verification items or paper applications should be sent to:

Centralized Document Processing Unit

PO Box 5234

Janesville, WI53547-5234


Faxed to: 1-855-293-1822

To view our nondiscrimination statement, please click the following link:

Individuals who are hearing impaired or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at 1-800-877-8339 or 1-800-845-6136 (Spanish). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

The following Programs are still handled locally at the Rusk County Health and Human Services:

Child Care Certification

Contact our Child Care Certifier for more information.

Wisconsin Home Energy Assistance Program – (WHEAP)

What is Energy Assistance?

The Energy Assistance Program provides qualified Rusk County Residents with a one-time annual payment to make energy (heating and electric) bills more affordable.

The funding pays a portion of energy costs, but the payment is not intended to cover the entire energy costs of a residence. The amount of the energy assistance payment varies depending on a variety of factors, including the household’s size, income and energy costs. In most cases the energy assistance benefit is paid directly to the household’s energy supplier.

See the brochure below for more information about Energy Assistance and other benefits.



When is the application period?

If eligible, you can apply between October 1st and May 15th. If you are approved, it is a one-time payment during this period. If you are denied for any reason, you may re-apply in a new month to determine if you may be eligible now.

Who is eligible to apply?

Rusk County households with a utility burden and are under the 60% State Median income may be eligible for the Energy Assistance Program. Click on the HE Brochure or the Checklist for current income guidelines.

How and where can you apply?

  • By phone with an intake worker, please schedule an appointment
  • In person with an intake worker, please schedule an appointment
  • By mail, please call if you need an application or print one online (After 2 mail-in applications, your third application must be done in person or over the phone).
  • At our outreach site. The dates and times will be advertised in the Rusk County Source in September.

What do you need to bring with you apply?

  •  Photo ID (recommended; mandatory for first-time applicants)
  • Social Security Numbers and dates of birth for everyone in the household
  • Current gas, electric or oil energy bill (or lease/letter from your landlord if heat is included in your rent)
  • Proof of all income sources for the entire household’s gross income for the three months prior to the application month (child support, wages, pension, social security, unemployment, etc.
  • Seasonal employees and self-employed persons will require the prior year’s tax packet. Rental income must be verified by taxes and schedule E.

For a complete list or examples of verification, please click the checklist below.

Click the link below for the application, check list and form to designate an Authorized Representative for you.


2020 Home Energy Plus Application     2020 Energy Assistance Checklist   20 Auth Rep



Additional Benefits

Qualifying for Energy Assistance gives you access to other benefits, too, including:

  • Furnace/heating system repair or replacement
  • Crisis benefits
  • Weatherization program

Rusk County Health and Human Services is an equal opportunity provider and employer.