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Most Recent DRW Announcements

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 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.

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.

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.

Job Posting – Special Ed Advocate – DRW’s Milwaukee Office

DRW Milwaukee seeks an advocate to represent people with disabilities in special education and related matters. Handle individual cases, participate in systems advocacy and provide support in special education advocacy. For position description and application requirements click here. Salary DOE & excellent fringe benefits. Scheduling is somewhat flexible with possibility of summers off. Deadline:3/16/15. Members of racial/ethnic minority groups and persons with disabilities encouraged to apply. EEO/AA employer.

Disability Rights Wisconsin Statement on Proposed Changes to Wisconsin’s Long-Term Care System

The Governor has proposed terminating the IRIS long term care option for the elderly and people with disabilities. The IRIS program is an important alternative to managed long term care in Family Care as it allows people to manage their own budgets and self-direct their long term supports. IRIS works effectively for more than 11,000 people. If IRIS is eliminated in the budget, people currently enrolled in the program would be required to join a managed care organization in Family Care. The Governor is also proposing major changes to the Family Care program that may reduce the number of managed care organizations operating in the state and open the door to large, for-profit, managed care/insurance companies. (Existing regional long-term care districts are eliminated in this budget and DHS will now solicit statewide managed care proposals that will have additional oversight by the Office of the Commissioner of Insurance.) Like other states that have adopted this service delivery, the Family Care long-term care program would begin to operate more like a medical model in an insurance program. DRW believes these changes will decrease choice and competition in long term care and have the potential to severely limit community integration. DHS may also include primary and acute medical services in the long term care program. This may restrict people’s choice of physicians and other health professionals, in some cases forcing people to change doctors if they want to receive any long term care services. The budget proposal does not demonstrate any significant cost savings from this major overhaul of Wisconsin’s long-term care system that is being proposed without input from anyone receiving or delivering long-term care.

Job Posting – Human Resources Coordinator

Promote Disability Rights Wisconsin’s mission to create positive change in the lives of people with disabilities by ensuring our team has the values, skills, resources, and support to conduct their best advocacy. Provide leadership in employment policy, compensation, benefits, orientation, appreciation, and professional development. Privacy & AA officer. Volunteer coordinator. Must have 4 years progressive HR experience and effective interface with diverse groups, including persons with disabilities. Project management helpful. DRW, Madison. 30-32 hours/wk. $34.5 – 46K DOE. Excellent benefits package. EEO/AA employer. Applicants from ethnic and racial minority groups, persons with disabilities urged to apply. Click here for application & description.

Job Posting: Director of Administration & Quality – Deadline extended to 2/27/15

Disability Rights Wisconsin seeks a highly organized strategic thinker who can help a team of skilled advocates maximize the impact of their federal investigatory “superpowers” and policy prowess to improve the lives of people with disabilities. Mine data, manage supports, and mature processes that will take our growing team to the next level of influence. Must be able to create systems and interpret information that drives performance, improves workflow, meets our Board and funders’ expectations, and keeps us focused on the people we serve. Work with a dynamic team passionate about our mission in Madison, Wisconsin, named the best place to live in the US. Did we mention great benefits?

For a full position announcement, click here.

DRW is an EEO/AA employer committed to a diverse workforce. Applicants from ethnic and racial minority groups & persons with disabilities strongly urged to apply. Deadline: 2/27/15.