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ACTION ALERT: Tell Your Legislator to Support the Born Motion to Remove Changes to Long-Term Care from the Budget

Representative Mark Born-R, Beaver Dam, has introduced a motion that would take the changes to Family Care, IRIS and Aging and Disability Resource Centers (ADRCs) out of the 2015-17 Biennial Budget. Now other legislators need to join Representative Born to make this happen! The motion is not final but is under consideration in the legislature. Representative Born and other legislators have concerns about the lack of details in the current budget proposal and are asking for more research and input from stakeholders to understand how these major changes to long-term care programs will affect people with disabilities, the elderly, their families and the state. As the Legislature’s Joint Finance Committee makes final decisions about what stays in or comes out of the budget, they need to hear that people with disabilities, the elderly, family members and communities want these changes removed from the budget NOW! The current proposal to turn Family Care into a statewide for-profit insurance plan, to eliminate IRIS and to dismantle ADRCs have caused great concern statewide.

There are still many unanswered questions: Family Care, IRIS and ADRCs: Questions.

Here are the 4 Action Steps YOU Can Take:

1. Call or write your legislator and say: “Will you support the budget motion authored by Representative Mark Born to take the significant changes to our state’s long-term care system out of the budget? I am very concerned about the changes to Family Care, IRIS and ADRCs for these reasons (tell your story). I think these changes need to come out of the budget now so that stakeholders can provide input and so the state can better understand all the impacts. Bottom line: we need many more details and answers to our questions.”

2. Ask your legislator to confirm with you that they will publicly support the Born Motion and will contact the co-chairs of the Joint Finance Committee to ask them to pull the changes to Family Care, IRIS and Aging and Disability Resource Centers out of the budget.

3. Share the Born Motion with your legislator and people in your community. Ask people you know to contact their legislators as well. The motion is linked here: Born Motion.

4. Share with your legislators this list of questions that still need to be answered: Family Care, IRIS and ADRCs: Questions. Ask your legislator if they will help you get answers to your questions.

Don’t Know Who Your Legislator is? • Go here and type your address in the box: Find My Legislators. • Or call this toll-free number: 1-800-362-9472.

Watch the Long Term Care Informational Series

DRW was the host and facilitator along with our partners – AARP, the Wisconsin Board for People with Developmental Disabilities and People First Wisconsin – of two informational briefings in the Capitol recently. Our goal was to provide basic information to legislators on Wisconsin’s long-term care system.

Here are links to the briefings:


Family Care & Family Care Partnership

Here are materials provided to attendees of the briefings:

IRIS Basics LTC Budget Briefing

Family Care and Family Care Partnership LTC Budget Briefing.

Conversaciones Sobre Su Hijo – Una Guia

Derechos de las Personas con Discapacidades de Wisconsin, se complace en ofrecer un nuevo recurso para los padres de niños con discapacidades y los que los apoyan. Desarrollo de conversaciones sobre su hijo -Themes para toda la vida fue apoyada por el Departamento de Servicios de Salud, División de cuidado a Largo Plazo Wisconsin.

Los puntos de vista en este documento son las del autor y no representan necesariamente la posición o las políticas del Departamento de Servicios de Salud oficial. Conversaciones sobre su hijo no tiene un derecho de autor. Se permite y alienta la reproducción y la distribución de cualquier parte de este recurso. Cuando se hacen copias o referenciados favor crédito Disability Rights Wisconsin. Haga clic en el siguiente enlace para leer y descargar la guía: Conversaciones Sobre Su Hijo.

Children’s Mental Health Matters Poster Contest – vote for your favorites!

The Wisconsin Children’s Mental Health Matters Coalition received about 450 posters from all over the state for the Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day youth poster contest, with the theme “My Feelings Matter.” The committee picked finalists, which are posted at the website below for voting. The top three in each age group receive a prize. Please share this link so we can get lots of votes. And of course vote yourself for your favorites! The website also has good information about children’s mental health.

Click here to see the finalists and cast your vote!

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.