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Disability Rights Wisconsin Urges Renewed Focus on Employment & Independence for People with Disabilities

Disability Rights Wisconsin supports the Department of Health Services’ renewed focus on improving employment outcomes for people with disabilties in Medicaid funded programs. A December 13 report from DHS to the Legislature on Family Care outlines several new Department initiatives to increase integrated employment rates as a means to both improve an individual’s health status and reduce reliance on publicly funded supports. DRW sees this is a positive step.

DRW recently wrote to DHS Secretary Kitty Rhoades sharing concerns about the state’s lagging employment outcomes and encouraging a shift in use of Medicaid dollars as the state renews its Medicaid waivers with the federal government. Read the letter and see compelling Wisconsin employment data here: 2014 Dec Letter to DHS Secretary re Integrated Employment and Day Treatment.