Archive for May, 2010

DRW Eau Claire Listening Session Invitation in English, Spanish and Hmong

The Board of Directors of Disability Rights Wisconsin (DRW) will be conducting a Listening Session on Friday, June 25, 2010 in Eau Claire. Click below for more information.

Eau Claire Listening Session 6-10

Derechos de los Incapacitados en Wisconsin Sesión de Escucha en Eau Claire

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Front Page Journal-Sentinel Article and other media coverage about MMHC Investigation

Advocacy group’s report slams Mental Health Complex

By Steve Schultze and Meg Kissinger of the Journal Sentinel
Posted: May 15, 2010

Patients at Milwaukee County’s Mental Health Complex are not kept safe from sexual predators, and comments by administrators and staff claiming otherwise reveal a disturbing indifference, says a watchdog group that has reviewed patient files.

Of 17 patients whose records were reviewed, 10 had improper sexual contact with other patients and five were sexually assaulted at the complex during the last half of 2009, according to a blistering report compiled by Disability Rights Wisconsin.

Click to read the full article on the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel website.

Other stories on this topic:

May 26 Journal-Sentinel editorial: Independent advisory group on patient safety at MCMHC is a good first step, but more is needed.

May 21 Shepherd Express: Patients Aren’t Safe at Mental Health Complex.

May 19 Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel article: Unsafe staffing levels hurt Mental Health Complex.

May 17 editorial on the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel website.

May 14 Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel article about MMHC’s attorney fees.

May 12 Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel article: Advocates Seek Reform at MMHC.

May 11 Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel Editorial on Mixed Gender Acute Care Units at MMHC.

May 8 Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel Article: MMHC Administrator Defends Sex Crime Risk.

March 26 Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel website: Agency to Investigate Abuse Allegations at MCMHC.

Community Forum to discuss the future of Long Term Care in Dane County

Join us for a community forum to discuss the future of Long Term Care in Dane County. Wisconsin is changing the way Long Term Care Services are provided, and this could mean a big change for residents in Madison and the surrounding area. Counties around the state are beginning the transition to Family Care and IRIS, two new programs that will change the way services are being provided to people with Developmental Disabilities, Physical Disabilities, and Frail Elders. Dane County will be making some big decisions soon.

Who: Seniors, People with Developmental Disabilities and
Physical Disabilities. People on a waiting list or receiving
waiver services.
Where: The Urban League Work Center
2222 S. Park Street, Madison
When: Thursday, May 27th from 5-7 pm

Susan Crowley — Administrator of the Division of Long Term Care: Department of Health Services
Betsy Abramson — Family Care and IRIS Ombudsman Program Manager: Disability Rights Wisconsin
Kim Turner — Developmental Disabilities Coalition of Dane County

Click here for a flyer with more information: FCIOP in Dane County

Wisconsin Warrior Summit – June 15 and 16 in Madison

Madison Area Technical College –Truax Campus

The Wisconsin Warrior Summit is dedicated to coordinating a comprehensive community response to the mental health needs of veterans and their families.

Through keynote speakers and breakout sessions, which will feature the voices and perspectives of veterans themselves, the Summit will inform clinical professionals, veterans and their families, as well as the public, on the needs of veterans and their families. The Summit will also provide information on treatment and support programs available.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010 (8:00 am to 5 pm)
Wednesday, June 16, 2010 ( 8:00 am to 1 pm)

Click here for a flyer with more information: Wisconsin Warrior Summit flyer

DRW continues to combat inappropriate use of seclusion and restraint

DRW attorney Jeff Spitzer-Resnick was featured in a Madison TV News story on the use of seclusion and restraint in schools. Watch the story at: Fox 47 news online.

Follow Seclusion and Restraint Issues on Facebook

DRW is collaborating with Wisconsin FACETS and Wisconsin Family Ties on a Facebook page which you can follow by searching for the “Wisconsinites Concerned about Seclusion and Restraint” page on Facebook.