Archive for November, 2010

Joan Karan Receives Equal Justice Fund Distinguished Service Award

Joan KaranJoan Karan has been the Assistant Director at Disability Rights Wisconsin since 1983. She oversees DRW’s finances, benefits program, personnel matters, landlord relations and development. She is also known to DRW’s 65 staff as the “Go To” person for a wide variety of work-related and personal issues. Her personal commitment to excellence in all aspects of DRW administration is widely acknowledged within the agency as a major reason that DRW is a great place to work, where many employees come and stay for 15 – 20 years or more. Joan is passionate not only about disability rights, but also about diversity and cultural competency. She has been instrumental in making DRW a more racially diverse workplace and strengthening DRW’s response to minority clients.

Joan was also the creator of DRW’s Violence against Women with Disabilities program, which began in 2002 and has received national recognition. She has overseen the program since its inception and has been actively engaged in its operations, resulting in many local sexual assault and domestic violence programs improving their service capacity and accessibility for women with disabilities.

Joan is also a community leader. She has served on the Board of Community Shares of Wisconsin for several years, including serving as Board President in 2008 and 2009. CSW is the oldest social action fund in the country, with 39 years of experience connecting donors with 64 grassroots, nonprofit organizations working on progressive causes.

Joan is a graduate of UW Madison. Prior to coming to DRW she was the Executive Director of Domestic Abuse Intervention Services, and later The Arc – Dane County.

Journal-Sentinel Op-Eds on Mental Health Complex

The following opinion piece appeared in the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel on Thursday, November 4, 2010:

Needless Delay: click here.

The following opinion pieces appeared in the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel on Sunday, August 29, 2010:

It’s Everyone’s Problem to Solve: click here.

To Inspire a Culture of Excellence: click here.

Steps Being Taken to Improve Services: click here.

Journal-Sentinel Updates On Milwaukee Mental Health Complex

Beginning on Sunday, August 23, the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel has published a “Watchdog Report” about the ongoing investigation into the Milwaukee County Mental Health Complex. Click the links below to see the series of articles.

November 4–Milwaukee County Board urges release of mental facility report: click here.

Walker, supervisors in accord on building new Mental Health Complex: click here.

Shakeup at Milwaukee County Mental Health Complex widens: click here.

Mental Health Complex security faulty, sheriff’s report concludes: click here.

Chianelli demoted as head of Mental Health Complex: click here.

Out of Chaos, a Baby is Born: click here.

Patient with Violent Past went Unsupervised: click here.

Budget and staff cuts, leadership questions nag outmoded facility: click here.

Lack of accountability continues, despite deaths, threats to funding: click here.

Assault suspect at mental facility competent for trial, judge says: click here.

Mental health unit gets help. County hires 2 firms: click here.

Walker seeks extra $5.5 million for mental health. New budget calls for more staff, training: click here.

County won’t release study on mental facility, auditor says information may aid probe into troubled complex: click here.

Complex ill-equipped to handle violent patients. Mental health nurses says patient with HIV spits blood at them: click here.

To see links to earlier media coverage on this topic, click here.

DRW 2009 Annual Report

The report showcases some of the many advocacy areas we focused on last year, including the Family Care and IRIS Ombudsman Program, our advocacy in the northwest part of the state from our Rice Lake office, our role with the Milwaukee Mental Health Task Force, and the DRW Board’s Listening Sessions.

Click here to download the report.