Prescription Advocacy & Referral Service (PARS)

Prescription Advocacy & Referral Service (PARS)

For many people who do not qualify for federal or state health insurance and are unable to pay for their prescription medications, the decision to pay for medicaiton is often secondary to the need to pay for food or housing. Patients who require daily medications often take their medication every other day or cut their pills in half. The existence of prescription medication assistace programs is known to many people, but the complexity of the enrollment process discourages many eligible patients from applying. The Prescription Advocacy & Referral Service (PARS) program was created to guide patients through the application process, and enable them to more easily receive prescription medications.

The Prescription Advocacy & Referral Service is a free service provided to income-eligible clients 60 and over. Funding for this program is provided by the Helen Bader Foundation and the Social Development Commission. Clients are provided assistance in obtaining free or low-cost prescription medications from participating pharmaceutical companies. The support provided by the PARS program coordinator will include assisting clients with completing and submitting the necessary paperwork and documentation to the pharmaceutical companies with prescription assistance programs that carry the medication(s) they need. Once clients are approved by the pharmaceutical companies, they will receive the medication(s) through their clinic/physician who prescribed the medication. the coordinator will also assist with refills. No medications will be mailed to SDC or kept on the premises at SDC at any time. 

PARS will also establish relationships with local clinics and physicians’ offices for the purpose of receiving client referrals for the program and obtaining the necessary client information for processing applications.

The PARS coordinator is also trained to assist with enrollment in health care insurance and FoodShare.


  1. Clients must possess a prescribed medication provided by their doctor or clinic.
  2. Clients must call or come in to see the PARS coordinator to make arrangements to start the process of completing the necessary paperwork and providing the necessary documentation requested by the pharmaceutical company.
  3. The PARS Program Coordinator will submit the completed paperwork to the pharmaceutical company.
  4. After approval, the pharmaceutical company will mail the medication to the client’s doctor or clinic.

The main goal of the PARS program is to ensure clients age 60 and over are receiving and taking their medication(s) as directed, so that their health is not compromised. Secondary goals include:

  • Monetary savings for enrollees
  • Healthy behavior changes
  • An increase in health outcomes

Questions or inquiries can be directed to the PARS Program Coordinator at the following address:

PARS Program Coordinator
Social Development Commission
4041 N. Richards Street
Milwaukee, WI  53212

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