Archive for November, 2013

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: http://www.jsonline.com/news/opinion/sen-ron-johnson-should-support-disabilities-treaty-b99150099z1-233386871.html.

Learn more about the treaty here: http://www.disabilitytreaty.org/.

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

DRW wi rapids listening session 2013 hmong

Ex-Inmates with Mental Illness Lack Access to Treatment – Urban Milwaukee Article

DRW Managing Attorney Kit Kerschensteiner is quoted in this article about poor access to treatment for people with mental illness discharged from the prison system:

http://urbanmilwaukee.com/2013/11/12/mentally-ill-ex-inmates-lack-treatment/?utm_source=Urban+Milwaukee&utm_campaign=b8b2e1f2f0-RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_fa7240869f-b8b2e1f2f0-25646193

Disability Rights Wisconsin Applauds the Assembly’s Investment in Community Mental Health Supports

This week, the Wisconsin Assembly took bold steps to improve Wisconsin’s mental health system to support a better quality of life for people living with mental illness.  The Speaker’s Task Force on Mental Health took a lead role in developing and advancing proposals which will expand community based mental health services.  Disability Rights Wisconsin (DRW) thanks Speaker Robin Vos, Task Force Chair Erik Severson, and Vice Chair Sandy Pasch for their leadership and dedication to increasing access to recovery based community services.

Click here to read the rest of Disability Rights Wisconsin Applauds the Assembly’s Investment in Community Mental Health Supports »

Wisconsin Legislature Approves Measure to Increase Employment for People with Disabilities

On November 5 the Wisconsin Senate and Assembly passed a bi-partisan bill to increase funds for the state’s vocational rehabilitation employment supports program by nearly $5 million. This will address a significant DVR waiting list and help many more people with disabilities get jobs in the community at a competitive wage. This victory is due to great story-telling by disability advocates and DVR consumers! Read the Disability Rights Wisconsin press release: Workforce Initiatives PressRelease_DVRbill_11-06-13.

DRW’s Kit Kerschensteiner Receives Wisconsin Equal Justice Fund Distinguished Service Award

Congratulations to DRW Managing Attorney Kit Kerschensteiner who received the Wisconsin Equal Justice Fund’s 2013 Distinguished Service Award last Saturday at their award dinner in Milwaukee.  The award honors an individual who is a zealous advocate for the civil and human rights of low income Wisconsin citizens and  who demonstrates exemplary commitment to serving these individuals.

WPR Interviews DRW Milwaukee Office Director Barbara Beckert

Wisconsin Public Radio interviewed Barbara Beckert, DRW Milwaukee Office Director and Coordinator of the Milwaukee Mental Health Task Force, on “How to Fix the Mental Health System.” Click the link to listen: http://wpr.org/how-fix-mental-health-system.