Archive for April, 2010

People with Disabilities need a Regional Transit Authority

DRW Supervising Attorney Alan Freed wrote the following letter to the editor, which appeared in the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel on Monday, April 12:


The disabled need an RTA

Most people with disabilities in southeastern Wisconsin do not drive, do not have the luxury of owning cars, and therefore, absolutely depend on access to affordable public transit and/or paratransit in order to live independently, work, go to school, the doctor or to visit family and friends.

A regional transit authority would allow people with disabilities to be more fully invested members of their communities and let them seamlessly cross county boundaries as employees and consumers.

Unless the Legislature prioritizes passage of RTA-enabling legislation this session, potential cuts to Milwaukee County’s public transit system next year will result in fewer bus routes and reduce the existing countywide paratransit service area to the federal minimum. Without access to paratransit, these residents will lose their access to independence.

Disability Rights Wisconsin strongly urges the Legislature to pass this bill.

Alan Freed Jr.
Supervising Attorney
Disability Rights Wisconsin

DRW Attorney Monica Murphy’s Letter to the Journal-Sentinel re: a Literacy Plan for MPS

DRW Managing Attorney Monica Murphy wrote a compelling letter to the editor of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel regarding the urgent need for an appropriate literacy plan for the Milwaukee Public Schools. In her letter she brings attention to the DPI compliance plan which MPS continues to ignore: Click to read the letter.

DRW’s Benefits Team wins Ho-Chunk Trust Medicaid Eligibility Case

DRW’s Benefits Team recently represented a member of the Ho-Chunk Nation who had been denied Medicaid because of a trust set up by the Nation for his benefit. The County where the member lived decided that the trust belonged to the member and thus he was over assets to receive Medicaid services. Attorney Ellen Henningsen was successful in persuading the Administrative Law Judge and Wisconsin’s Department of Health Services that the trust was not a countable asset. The Nation was required to establish the trust under federal and state law to receive per-capita payments due to excess gaming revenue because the member was under a guardianship; because the trust was considered a “third-party trust,” it was not a countable asset.

To read the decision, click here: Ho-Chunk Trust Decision