Archive for March, 2016

NEW!!! Take a Minute for Medicare

Disability Rights Wisconsin (DRW) is pleased to start a new series of articles on subjects that are of interest to all Medicare beneficiaries. Please visit our website and Facebook page on the 25th of every month for a new article.

The first Take a Minute for Medicare will be on Medicare’s Preventive and Screening Services and will be a series of 3 articles that will inform you of the free services available under Medicare.   Click here to read the rest of NEW!!! Take a Minute for Medicare »

Voter Training For the Disability Community

voter trainingDRW staff trainers pictured with active voters from the Disability Community at the  March 11, 2016 voter education meeting held at Independence First in Milwaukee.  Upcoming voter training opportunities will be posted here on the DRW site.  Information also available at

DRW Provides Guidance: “Clarification of New Paid Caregiver Policies”

Disability Rights Wisconsin has developed the document Clarification of New Paid Caregiver Policies to outline recent changes that may impact participants in IRIS or Family Care. The topics addressed in the document include IRIS 40 Hour Health and Safety Assurance, US Department of Labor Rule on Fair Labor Standards Act, and CMS Conflict Free Case Management (guardians as providers).

Presentation on The Stakeholders’ Blueprint for Long-Term Care Redesign in WI – March 11

Where: IndependenceFirst, 540 S 1st St., Milwaukee, WI

When: Friday, March 11, 3:00 pm* – Presentation by Lynn Breedlove

Are you concerned about the upcoming changes to Wisconsin’s Long-Term Care System?

Join us for information regarding upcoming changes to Long Term Care (Family Care and IRIS) as Wisconsin plans for a new Long-Term Care system. This will affect the lives of people with disabilities, older adults, their families, care providers and provider agencies.

Presenter: Lynn Breedlove is one of the Co-Chairs of the Wisconsin Long-Term Care Coalition. He was previously the Executive Director of Disability Rights Wisconsin and a Co-Chair of the Wisconsin Survival Coalition of Wisconsin Disability Organizations.

*Presentation will be from 3:00pm to 3:55pm followed by audience questions and discussion until 4:30 pm. The first 30 attendees will receive a free copy of the (36 page) blueprint.

Click here for details.

Milwaukee County Executive Candidate Forum – Friday, March 11

Where: IndependenceFirst, 540 S. 1st Street, Milwaukee, WI

When: Friday, March 11, 1:00 – 2:30 pm

Hear from the candidates on aging and disability issues including:

Mental health services
Aging and disability services
Criminal justice system reform
Juvenile Justice

Click here for details. Hope to see you there!

Join us at 11:45 AM for “Voter Training for the Disability Community,”  provided by the Wisconsin Disability Vote Coalition.

Goals & Priorities – DRW’s Federally-funded Programs

DRW renews its goals and priorities for Fiscal Year 2016 for its major federally funded programs. See below for links to the Statements of Goals and Priorities.

For our PADD (Protection and Advocacy for People with Developmental Disabilities) program, please note that the Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities is in the process of transitioning to a new report format that combines the end of year report with the goals and priorities for the coming year. In the past there were two separate reports. 2016 is the transition year, so the first part of our 2016 SGP, available here, is blank, since the reporting metrics were not consistent with the data we were required to maintain in 2015. The 2015 Program Performance Report, available here, contains our report on what we accomplished in 2015. In future years there will only be one report.

For our PAIMI (Protection & Advocacy for People with Mental Illness) program, click here to see our 2016 Goals and Priorities.