Archive for December, 2010

Long-Term Care Functional Screen Information

Information about Wisconsin’s Long-Term Care Functional Screen for Eligibility for Long-Term Care Programs

Click here to download Long-Term Care Functional Screen Information

DRW Board elects new officers and eight new members

The newly elected DRW Board officers for 2011 are:

  • President: Jeff Timm, Franksville
  • Vice President: James Powell, Sun Prairie
  • Secretary: Ben Barrett, Trego

New members elected to the Board for a 2 year term beginning January 1, 2011 are:

  • Rachel Arfa, Milwaukee
  • Gary Arms, Oshkosh
  • John Donnelly, Madison
  • Catherine Kunze, West Allis
  • Saphronia Purnell, Green Bay
  • Christopher Sigl, Hartford
  • Alice Skenandore, Green Bay
  • Mary Unkel, Grafton

Click here for a complete list of the 17 DRW Board members.

Restraints in schools in the news

DRW Attorney Jeff Spitzer-Resnick comments in the Appleton Post-Crescent about the lack of Wisconsin laws on seclusion and restraint, in a case which DRW has referred to a contracted attorney.

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DRW comments on teachers’ union

DRW Managing Attorney Jeff Spitzer-Resnick was quoted in this front page Milwaukee Journal Sentinel article about the power of Wisconsin’s teachers’ unions. View the full article by clicking on the following link:

DRW Managing Attorney Molly Bandt – Letter to the Editor re: BadgerCare

Posted: Saturday, December 4, 2010 11:16 am

Molly Bandt: BadgerCare effective, not fraught with fraud

Thank you for the article highlighting the positive impact Wisconsin’s BadgerCare and Core programs have had on the lives of people who previously lacked access to affordable health insurance.

State Rep. Robin Vos’ assertion that the increased number of Wisconsin residents relying on BadgerCare and Core somehow shifts the cost of health care to people paying for insurance in the private market is simply not true. These programs provide basic preventive services, which reduces health care costs in the long run. These programs also reduce the frequency of uncompensated care provided to the uninsured through costly emergency room visits, which gets passed on to other health care consumers.

Vos also raises concerns about fraud, particularly in the Department of Health Services’ new online application system. This concern is unfounded.

There has never been a report or study demonstrating significant rates of fraud in Wisconsin Medicaid programs or the potential for increased fraud with the use of online applications. Each online application must be verified by a county economic support worker or staff of the state’s Enrollment Services Center.

With smart budget decisions and additional support through the federal health care reform law, Wisconsin will continue to be a national leader in making affordable health care accessible.

To read the letter on the Wisconsin State Journal website, click here.

Job Posting: Program Manager – Family Care & IRIS Ombudsman Program

Lead a team of attorney and non-attorney advocates providing individual and systems advocacy for persons with disabilities age 18-59 in three long term care programs. Dynamic working environment and opportunity to work with creative, dedicated staff committed to social justice. Required experience: program management, individual and systems advocacy, and working with government and other agencies. For the job announcement click here or call 608-267-0214. Salary: $45,000 – 65,000, DOE. Excellent benefits. Resume and cover letter accepted until December 31 or until position is filled. Send by email to, mail to Disability Rights Wisconsin, 131 West Wilson St. Suite 700, Madison, WI 53703, or fax to 608-267-0368. Members of racial/ethnic minority groups and persons with disabilities strongly encouraged to apply. EEO/AA employer.