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People with Disabilities, Seniors and Families Share Concerns about State Budget Changes to Long Term Care

The Wisconsin Long-Term Care Coalition will be hosting a media event at 9:30 AM at Friday’s Joint Finance Committee budget hearing in Milwaukee. People with disabilities, seniors, and families will share concerns about the sweeping changes to Wisconsin’s highly regarded long term care system proposed in the state budget. Please read this release for more information.

Guide for Employment of People with Disabilities

The US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has published a new guide entitled: “Recruiting, Retaining & Promoting People with Disabilities: A Guide for Employers”. This resource guide is a product of a federal cross-agency effort working to increase equal employment opportunities and financial independence for individuals with disabilities. Access the Guide here.

Elders, People with Disabilities and Families Fear Drastic State Budget Changes: Press Event in Brillion March 18

Disability Rights Wisconsin is part of the newly formed Wisconsin Long-Term Care Coalition which is made up of aging and disability advocates, managed care organizations, Aging & Disability Resource Centers, county government, and long-term care providers. This coalition has more than 260 members that signed on to a resolution asking the state Legislature to stop major proposed changes to Wisconsin’s state of the art long-term care system. Please read these materials presented at the Wednesday, March 18 press event in Brillion, prior to the Joint Finance Committee’s first public hearing on the budget.

Brillion Event Press Release – People with Disabilities and Frail Elders Share Fears

Keep Our Care At Home Long Term Care Coalition Fact Sheet

Keep Our Care at Home: Wisconsin Long-Term Care Coalition Resolution

Keep Our Care at Home: Wisconsin Long-Term Care Coalition Resolution Signers

Family Care & IRIS statewide enrollment Map

ADRC Statewide map

Northeast Wisconsin Impact Fact Sheet

Job Posting – 3 Positions in DRW’s Madison Office

Attorney and Advocate positions in DRW’s Madison office. Dynamic environment with the opportunity to work with creative, dedicated staff committed to social justice. Excellent benefits. Resume and cover letter by April 6 to: Disability Rights Wisconsin, 131 W. Wilson St., Suite 700, Madison, WI 53703 or by email to info@drwi.org. For position descriptions see below or call 608-267-0214. Please indicate the title of the position you are applying for. Members of racial/ethnic minority groups and persons with disabilities encouraged to apply. EEO/AA employer.

STAFF ATTORNEY – CIVIL RIGHTS (80% time) to handle individual cases, participate in impact litigation and non-partisan voting rights activities. Expertise in disability law, employment and housing discrimination law preferred, knowledge of special education systems a plus. Salary for 80% time: $33,200 – $36,650 DOE. Click here for detailed position announcement.

ADVOCACY SPECIALIST (80% time) to provide individual advocacy in the area of special education and community integration. Salary for 80% time: $30,400 – $32,260 DOE. Click here for detailed position announcement.

ADVOCACY SPECIALIST (Full time) to provide individual advocacy to adults in community and institutional settings, outreach, and training. Salary for full time: $38,000 – $42,000 DOE. Click here for detailed position announcement.

State Budget Training Webinar

Wisconsin disability advocates have many questions about how the state budget impacts them. This recorded webinar sponsored by Disability Rights Wisconsin, the Wisconsin Board for People with Developmental Disabilities and People First Wisconsin provides an overview of the budget and answers webinar participants questions.

If you are interested in more information about the budget, consider these resources: Click here to read the rest of State Budget Training Webinar »

Disability Rights Wisconsin 2015-2017 Budget Overview – Joint Finance Hearings Announced

This overview provides more detail regarding how the 2015-2017 budget proposal being considered by the Legislature currently impacts people with disabilities. The Joint Finance Committee has announced it will be holding four public hearings on the Governor’s 2015-17 budget. Please consider sharing your story and opinions about the budget with legislators at one of these hearings:

• 10 am – 5 pm: Wednesday, March 18 at Brillion High School
• 10 am – 5 pm: Friday, March 20 at Alverno College in Milwaukee
• 10 am – 5 pm: Monday, March 23 at UW Barron County in Rice Lake
• 9:30 am – 4 pm: Thursday, March 26 at the CAL Auditorium in Reedsburg.

Bi-partisan legislators urge constituent contact after budget briefing in Kenosha

Representatives from aging and disability programs, including DRW Milwaukee Office Director Barbara Beckert, addressed a town hall meeting in Kenosha on proposed changes contained in the Governor’s 2015-2016 state budget. The briefing addressed a wide range of items that affected older Wisconsinites and Wisconsinites with disabilities. Among the main items of concern were proposed changes to Wisconsin’s long-term care system and to Senior Care. Local legislators attended the meeting and urged those concerned to contact their legislators directly. Read the full article from the Kenosha News.

Advocates Question Long Term Care Proposals

Proposed changes to the long term support system for elders and people with disabilities embedded in the Governor’s proposed budget are raising alarm among advocates across the state. Eliminating IRIS, Wisconsin’s self-directed care program, and changing the Family Care program into a statewide medical insurance benefit lead the list of changes that would affect more than 50,000 Wisconsinites and cause disruption to Wisconsin’s locally developed and well-liked long term care system. Read the Associated Press story.


Our publication Creating Safety by Asking What makes people vulnerable? is now available in Spanish. Click here to read CREANDO SEGURIDAD PREGUNTÁNDONOS ¿QUÉ HACE VULNERABLES A LAS PERSONAS?

A Guide to the Rules for Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) Settings

In January 2014, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services released final rules regarding the settings of Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS). These rules require HCBS settings to provide opportunities for participants to engage in community life, have access to the community, control their personal resources, and seek employment and work in competitive settings. A new Question and Answer Guide regarding the new HCBS rules has been released by The National Disability Rights Network, of which DRW is a member, along with other prominent national disability organizations. Click here to read the Q&A Guide.