Archive for April, 2014

DRW Applauds Family Care Expansion

Disability Rights Wisconsin welcomes Governor Walker’s announcement that the Family Care and IRIS programs will expand into seven additional counties in northeastern Wisconsin. People with disabilities and aging advocates gathered in Green Bay to applaud the Governor’s office and legislators from both parties for their recent work to bring Family Care and IRIS to the region.

The wait is over for residents in seven of the fifteen counties not participating in Family Care — Brown, Door, Kewaunee, Shawano, Oconto, Menomonee and Marinette. These counties have more than 900 people who have been waiting years for state and county funded long-term support services that allow them to receive assistance in their own homes, rather than in a nursing home.

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Signing of the Milwaukee County Mental Health Board Legislation

MCMHB Bill SigningDRW Milwaukee Office Director Barbara Beckert was invited to join Governor Walker, bipartisan legislators, and Milwaukee County leaders at the signing of the Milwaukee County Mental Health Board legislation. We look forward to seeing the new Board advance positive change for people with mental illness and their families.

Disability Rights Wisconsin Thanks Governor and Legislature for New Law Establishing the Milwaukee County Mental Health Board, Will Remain Vigilant on Behalf of Patients

Today Governor Walker signed SB656, a bill establishing a new Milwaukee County Mental Health Board (MCMHB). We believe this legislation has the potential to advance significant improvements in the Milwaukee County mental health system and ultimately improve the lives of people living with mental illness. Click Here to Read DRW’s Full Statement.

Disability Rights Wisconsin Continues to Seek Improvements at Milwaukee Mental Health Complex

Disability Rights Wisconsin will continue to strongly advocate for improvements in quality of care for people at the Milwaukee Mental Health Complex. Read this March 31 Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Editorial: State & County Officials Want to Shoot the Messenger.