Archive for 2013

Disability Rights Wisconsin Urges Renewed Focus on Employment & Independence for People with Disabilities

Disability Rights Wisconsin supports the Department of Health Services’ renewed focus on improving employment outcomes for people with disabilties in Medicaid funded programs. A December 13 report from DHS to the Legislature on Family Care outlines several new Department initiatives to increase integrated employment rates as a means to both improve an individual’s health status and reduce reliance on publicly funded supports. DRW sees this is a positive step.

DRW recently wrote to DHS Secretary Kitty Rhoades sharing concerns about the state’s lagging employment outcomes and encouraging a shift in use of Medicaid dollars as the state renews its Medicaid waivers with the federal government. Read the letter and see compelling Wisconsin employment data here: 2014 Dec Letter to DHS Secretary re Integrated Employment and Day Treatment.

Several Disability Related Stories in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel cites Disability Rights Wisconsin’s expertise and disability advocacy in a series of articles:

Milwaukee Mental Health Complex faces more state scrutiny

Botched ATF sting in Milwaukee ensnares brain-damaged man

Wisconsin’s Family Care program sees cost of caring for average person decline

Common Core education standards sweeping Wisconsin schools

Advocate for children in special education has witnessed big changes


Wisconsin’s Disability Policy Partnership Reports Significant Outcomes

Wisconsin’s Disability Policy Partnership (DPP), which includes Disability Rights Wisconsin, the Waisman Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities, and the Wisconsin Board for People with Developmental Disabilities, is concluding its third year of collaboration. This report details the significant outcomes and accomplishments of the DPP related to policy improvement for people with developmental disabilties in Wisconsin:

Here is a lower-resolution link for slower internet connections: DPP report – LR.

Congresswoman Gwen Moore Sends Letter in Support of Integrated Employment

Disability Rights Wisconsin and the Wisconsin Board for People with Developmental Disabilities worked closely with Congresswoman Gwen Moore’s office to support her in communicating to the federal government on a new, important Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) rule that will impact Wisconsin. The rule more clearly defines “integrated settings” and supports states in using Medicaid dollars to ensure that people with disabilities are not segregated. Congresswoman Moore decided to issue a letter to HHS Secretary Sebelius after meeting with a group of self-advocate and family member constituents who shared their success stories about integrated employment. The constituents shared a vision for what integrated employment and inclusive communities should look like in Wisconsin. The final CMS rule is expected to be issued within the next month. Read Congresswoman Moore’s letter here: Congresswoman Gwen Moore Support for CMS Proposed Rule.

Disability Rights Congratulates Governor-Legislature on DVR Bill Signing

On Friday, December 6 Disability Rights Wisconsin staff watched as Governor Walker signed a bill providing additional funds to support the employment of people with disabillities. Disabilty Rights Wisconsin thanks the Governor, Senator Shilling and Representative Shankland, as well as members of the legislature who provided near unanimous support for this critical investment. Read about DRW and the Survival Coalition’s support for this new law here: Survival Coalition Press Release on DVR bill signing in LaCrosse 12-6-13 – FINAL.

Job Posting – Part-time Bilingual Receptionist/Clerical Assistant in DRW Milwaukee Office

Part-time receptionist/clerical position opening in Milwaukee office. For a detailed position description and instructions to apply, click here. Fluency in Spanish and English required. Deadline to apply: Friday, 12/20/13, by 5:00 PM. Members of racial/ethnic minority groups and persons with disabilities strongly encouraged to apply. EEO/AA Employer.

Disability Rights Wisconsin helps Place Guest Editorial on Disability Treaty

Disability Rights Wisconsin supported the state’s largest self-advocate organization – People First Wisconsin – to publish a guest editorial in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel in support of an important disability treaty. Read the editorial here:

Learn more about the treaty here:

DHS Confirms Providers Cannot Collect Insurance Copays From Children Eligible for Medicaid

At the urging of Disability Rights Wisconsin, the Department of Health Services has issued a letter clarifying that providers cannot collect insurance copays from the families of Medicaid eligible children for services that are covered by both Medicaid and the family’s insurance.  The issue arises most often for families who have private health insurance which covers autism services and whose child is also enrolled in the Children’s Long Term Support (CLTS) Medicaid Waiver program.  Many insurance policies have hefty copays for intensive in-home services.  These services are also covered by the CLTS Waiver.  Insurance is the primary payer for these services.  Typically the actual insurance payment (without the copay) exceeds the Medicaid reimbursement rate for the same services.  Medicaid may sometimes make an additional payment for the service provided, if the amount private insurance pays is less than the Medicaid payment rate, but under no circumstances can the provider collect the copay from the family.  Federal and state law prohibit providers from charging a Medicaid recipient under age 18 any copay. Click here to read the rest of DHS Confirms Providers Cannot Collect Insurance Copays From Children Eligible for Medicaid »

Job Posting – Volunteer Coordinator Project Assistant in DRW-Milwaukee Office

DRW’s Milwaukee office is seeking a Part-Time (15-18 hours/week) Volunteer Coordinator Project Assistant to develop and implement a volunteer recruitment, training, and retention program for the Medicare Part D Drug Helpline. The position is supervised by the Medicare Part D Project Coordinator. Click the following link for details: POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT Volunteer Coordinator.

DRW Listening Session – Wisconsin Rapids – Friday, December 6, 2013

The DRW Board of Directors is holding a Listening Session in Wisconsin Rapids on Fri, Dec 6, 2013 from 4:30 – 6:30 pm at the Hotel Mead. Come and share your ideas about the issues you would like to see DRW address. Click the following links for more information:

DRW WI Rapids Listening Session 12 2013

Listening Session Dec 6 Spanish

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