Archive for May, 2014

Save the Date: 2014 Milwaukee Mental Health Task Force Summit- Understanding Recovery

2014 MILWAUKEE MENTAL HEALTH TASK FORCE SUMMIT Understanding Recovery: Health Home Purpose Community - Making Our Lives Better   September 10, 2014 Italian Community Center, 613 E. Chicago St., Milwaukee   This year’s Summit will focus on educating the audience about recovery and furthering dialogue within the community about recovery.   TARGET AUDIENCE: peers, providers, advocates, family members, policy makers, educators   KEYNOTE SPEAKER:  Paolo del Vecchio, MSW and Director of Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Center for Mental Health Services. A self-identified mental health consumer, trauma survivor, and person in recovery from addictions, Paolo has been involved for over 40 years in behavioral health as a consumer, family member, provider, advocate, and policy maker.   Other speakers to date include Reverend Walter Lanier and Mike Phillips, LCSW, AODA counselor with Quad/Graphics EAP and AODA Services.   Participants will work together to develop an action plan to promote recovery in Wisconsin.   For sponsorship opportunities visit   SAVE THE DATE – ADDITIONAL INFORMATION AND REGISTRATION COMING SOON AT WWW.MILWAUKEEMHTF.ORG

DRW Supports Federal Law to Boost Community-Based Mental Health Supports

Disability Rights Wisconsin actively supports a new federal bill – H.R. 4574 – the Strengthening Mental Health in Our Communities Act of 2014. This bill maximizes access for individuals with mental illness to quality community-based services. In contrast, DRW has concerns about H.R. 3717 -a bill introduced by Congressman Tim Murphy which would exchange community-based services that have a proven track record of success with far more expensive, invasive, and ineffective interventions. The bill would also result in significant cuts to Wisconsin mental health funding. Click here to read the rest of DRW Supports Federal Law to Boost Community-Based Mental Health Supports »

Milwaukee Mental Health Task Force – Nominations for Karen Avery Award

The Milwaukee Mental Health Task Force is seeking nominations for the Karen Avery Award, which recognizes an individual who has demonstrated a commitment to advancing the rights of people with disabilities and to the consumer movement. Given the mission of the Task Force, we are especially interested in nominees who have been active in advancing the rights and independence of people with mental illness.

If you were inspired by Karen Avery and her passion for advancing the rights of people with disabilities, please consider nominating someone for the first annual Karen Avery Award. Self nominations are also welcome.  Click the following link for more information on the nominating process: MMHTF Karen Avery Award 05142014.

Job Posting – DRW Madison Office – Advocacy Specialist – Re-posting

Half time position in DRW’s Madison Office to provide advocacy assistance, outreach, training, and systemic advocacy.  Salary $12,000 – $23,000 for .5 FTE DOE.  Excellent fringe benefits.  For position description and application instructions, click here: adv sp job announcement 5FTE or call 608-267-0214.  Resume and cover letter due by 4:30 pm on June 13 to:  Disability Rights Wisconsin, 131 W. Wilson St., Suite 700, Madison, WI 53703 or  Members of racial/ethnic minority groups and persons with disabilities strongly encouraged to apply.  EEO/AA Employer.

DRW Provides Input to Division of Vocational Rehabilitation

On May 21 Wisconsin’s Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) hosted statewide public hearings on its State Plan to serve employees and job seekers with disabilities. Disability Rights Wisconsin and the Survival Coalition of Wisconsin Disability Organizations provided the following testimony:

DRW Input to DVR: DVR-Steffke 2014 State Plan Testimony.

Survival Coalition Input to DVR: DVR testimony 05 21 14.

DRW’s Lisa Pugh Appointed to Serve on the President’s Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities

Disability Rights Wisconsin (DRW) is proud to announce that the agency’s Public Policy Director and coordinator of the state’s Disability Policy Partnership, Lisa Pugh, has been appointed by President Obama to serve on the President’s Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities (PCPID).

Lisa was contacted by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and was later vetted by the White House along with various other potential nominees to the Committee earlier this year. Her appointment was announced today by the President.

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