Archive for January, 2015

New Publication – Conversations About Your Child – Themes for a Lifetime

Disability Rights Wisconsin is happy to offer a new resource for parents of children with disabilities and those who support them. Development of Conversations About Your Child—Themes for a Lifetime was supported by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, Division of Long Term Care.

Points of view in this document are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the Department of Health Services. Conversations About Your Child does not have a copyright. Reproduction and sharing of any part of this resource is permitted and encouraged. Whenever copies are made or referenced please credit Disability Rights Wisconsin. Click the following link to read and download the guide: Conversations-About-Your-Child

Job Posting – Human Resources Coordinator

Promote Disability Rights Wisconsin’s mission to create positive change in the lives of people with disabilities by ensuring our team has the values, skills, resources, and support to conduct their best advocacy. Provide leadership in employment policy, compensation, benefits, orientation, appreciation, and professional development. Privacy & AA officer. Volunteer coordinator. Must have 4 years progressive HR experience and effective interface with diverse groups, including persons with disabilities. Project management helpful. DRW, Madison. 30-32 hours/wk. $34.5 – 46K DOE. Excellent benefits package. EEO/AA employer. Applicants from ethnic and racial minority groups, persons with disabilities urged to apply. Click here for application & description.

Job Posting: Director of Administration & Quality – Deadline extended to 2/27/15

Disability Rights Wisconsin seeks a highly organized strategic thinker who can help a team of skilled advocates maximize the impact of their federal investigatory “superpowers” and policy prowess to improve the lives of people with disabilities. Mine data, manage supports, and mature processes that will take our growing team to the next level of influence. Must be able to create systems and interpret information that drives performance, improves workflow, meets our Board and funders’ expectations, and keeps us focused on the people we serve. Work with a dynamic team passionate about our mission in Madison, Wisconsin, named the best place to live in the US. Did we mention great benefits?

For a full position announcement, click here.

DRW is an EEO/AA employer committed to a diverse workforce. Applicants from ethnic and racial minority groups & persons with disabilities strongly urged to apply. Deadline: 2/27/15.

Disability Rights Wisconsin 2015 Legislative Agenda

Each year Disability Rights Wisconsin develops a Legislative Agenda to advocate for policy changes that can improve the quality of life and opportunities for individuals with disabilities in our state. See the 2015 Disability Rights Wisconsin Legislative Agenda here: DRW 2015 Legislative Agenda.

DRW Shares Information to Clarify Misunderstandings about Impact of new HCBS Rule

Disability Rights Wisconsin will be sharing regular updates to help people with disabilities better understand what is happening related to the state’s five year plan to help home and community based settings comply with a federal new rule. The announcement below is significant as it clarifies what happens if people are receiving services in a setting that does not comply with the rule.

From the Bazelon Center: January 12, 2015 – Today the Bazelon Center and other disability and aging advocacy groups, state officials, and providers issued a joint statement regarding guidance recently released by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) concerning its Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) rule: This guidance — Questions and Answers Regarding Home and Community-Based Settings — directly addresses the misunderstanding that people are at immediate risk of losing services as a result of the rule:

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The Time is NOW to Tell Your Legislator that Wisconsin Youth with Disabilities Can Work!

The Time is NOW to Tell Your Legislator that Wisconsin Youth with Disabilities Can Work! The Wisconsin Legislature will soon be making decisions on the 2015-17 state budget and many of their votes will impact people with disabilities, including youth. Now is the time to educate your legislator about what it takes for youth with significant disabilities to get a job in the community that builds on their skills and interests and helps them to be more independent, contributing citizens. Youth with disabilities are ready and willing to work! Click here to read the rest of The Time is NOW to Tell Your Legislator that Wisconsin Youth with Disabilities Can Work! »

DRW’s Lisa Pugh Selected for National Committee on Disability Employment

DRW’s Public Policy Director Lisa Pugh has been selected by U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez as one of only 17 members to serve on the newly constituted Advisory Committee on Increasing Competitive Integrated Employment for Individuals with Disabilities. Congress established the Committee this past summer as part of the new Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. The Committee will meet 8 times within the next year, submitting reports to both Congress and the U.S. Department of Labor. Read more here: Wisconsinite Appointed to Select National Employment Committee

DRW Celebrates Historic Closure of Hilltop Facility and Opportunity for Community Life for Residents

This week marks the closure of Hilltop, the 72 bed long term care center for people with co-occurring mental health and intellectual and developmental disabilities at the Milwaukee County Mental Health Complex.  Disability Rights Wisconsin (DRW) celebrates this historic closure, and the opportunity for Hilltop residents to live more independently as contributing members of our community, closer to family and friends.

DRW is mandated as one of the members of the State Relocation Team when an institution closes and residents to be relocated are identified as having mental, developmental, or physical disabilities.  We have participated in many institution closings.  The Hilltop closing process was noteworthy for the strong collaboration of the Milwaukee County Behavioral Health Division staff, Managed Care Organizations (MCOs), community providers, Wisconsin’s Department of Health Services, advocates from DRW and the Board on Aging and Long Term Care, Milwaukee County Disability Services staff, and many others who supported residents and guardians through this transition and worked to ensure a high quality, individualized community placements for each resident.

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