Archive for February, 2014

DRW’s Barbara Beckert Interviewed on Milwaukee Public Radio re: Milwaukee County Mental Health System

WUWM’s Lake Effect interviewed DRW Milwaukee Office Director, Barbara Beckert.

Click here to listen: Lake Effect Interview – Milwaukee County Mental Health system.

DRW Testimony Re: Special Needs Voucher Bill

Disability Rights Wisconsin shares concerns with Senate Education Committee members about Senate Bill 525 – a bill that would create a special needs voucher program in Wisconsin. Read our testimony here: Testimony SB 525.

Job Posting – Training Coordinator/Program Assistant in Madison Office – 50% LTE – Deadline Extended to Feb. 20

Training Coordinator/ Program Assistant – (50% time Limited Term Employment through 12/31/14) in DRW’s Madison office. Work with team of nine attorneys to coordinate trainings on public benefits to statewide network of disability benefit specialists. Provide overall programmatic support as time allows. For position announcement and application requirements, click here: Training Coordinator and Program Assistant or call 608-267-0214. Salary $15-$17/ hour DOE. Excellent benefits. Position will remain open until filled. Deadline for initial consideration extended to Thursday, February 20. Members of racial/ ethnic minority groups and persons with disabilities strongly encouraged to apply. EEO/ AA Employer.

Disability Rights Wisconsin Applauds Investments in Community Mental Health Supports

Today, Governor Walker is signing into law seven bills that will increase access to community mental health services. Disability Rights Wisconsin (DRW) thanks the Governor for taking action to improve Wisconsin’s mental health system to support a better quality of life for people living with mental illness.

These bills will help move Wisconsin forward on the path away from reliance on institutional models of care and toward services that can help people with mental illness realize their full potential as individuals and members of their communities. These initiatives hold the promise of increasing access to community-based services, promoting consumer choice, and supporting recovery.

The Speaker’s Task Force on Mental Health took a lead role in developing and advancing these proposals. 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. We thank Senator Vukmir for her leadership in advancing these proposals in the Senate.

Disability Rights Wisconsin Makes Recomendations to Improve Children’s Long-Term Support System

On December 20 Disability Rights Wisconsin sent the following letter to Department of Health Services Secretary Kitty Rhoades to support her commitment to redesign the Children’s Long-Term Support (CLTS) program to address the serious needs of waiting families and children with significant disabilities.


The DRW Board of Directors is holding a Listening Session in Sheboygan on Fri, March 14, 2014 from 4:30 – 6:30 pm at the Holiday Inn Express. Come and share your ideas about the issues you would like to see DRW address. Click the following links for more information:

DRW Sheboygan Listening Session 3 2014 ENGLISH

DRW Sheboygan-Listening Session Spanish

DRW Sheboygan Listening session 3 2014 Hmong

Statement on Milwaukee County Mental Health Board

Today, Representative Joe Sanfelippo and Senator Leah Vukmir are introducing a bill to create a Milwaukee County Mental Health Board to oversee and direct the delivery and financing of mental health services in Milwaukee County. Although we have not yet seen the bill, and are not endorsing a specific proposal, we do endorse the need for significant improvements in mental health services in Milwaukee County, including improved oversight and accountability. We commend Rep. Sanfelippo and Senator Vukmir for their strong commitment to improving publicly funded mental health services in Milwaukee County and to ensuring that residents can access high quality, recovery oriented mental health and AODA services with increased access to community based services.
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