Archive for April, 2016

Take a Minute for Medicare

We are continuing the discussion on Medicare Preventive Services this month. There are two services that are covered by Medicare that are preventive in scope and are free. These are the Welcome to Medicare visit and the Annual Wellness Check.

The Welcome to Medicare visit is designed to look at your health needs and create a preventive service plan or checklist to keep you healthy. Medicare covers this one-time, initial examination within the first 12 months you enroll in Medicare Part B. All people new to Medicare qualify for this visit. The Welcome to Medicare visit includes:

• Review of your medical and social history.
• Review of the potential for depression and other mental health conditions.
• Review of your ability to function safely in the home and community.
• Check of your height, weight, blood pressure, body mass index, and vision.
• Education, counseling, and referrals related to your risk factors.
• Education, counseling, and referrals related to other preventive services covered by Medicare.
• Discussions about health care advance directives. Click here to read the rest of Take a Minute for Medicare »

Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day Celebration

Wisconsin Knows children's mental health matters.  Your actions today are a life tomorrow logo.  Black state of Wisconsin outline, green ribon for mental health. Join us in celebrating National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day! Enjoy a program honoring winners of the Children’s Mental Health Awareness Coalition’s My Feelings Matter poster contest, featuring local youth performances and the winning posters on display. First Lady Tonette Walker will present the official proclamation declaring it Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day in Wisconsin.

 The Overture Center, Rotunda Stage
201 State St., Madison, WI
Thursday, May 5, 2016
11:30 a.m.– 12:30 p.m.

BONUS: Attend the Day of Action for Youth Mental Health the same day, from 10 am to 11:30 am in the Overture Center, Wisconsin Studio. This event, the culmination of Kids in Crisis, an in-depth series by USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin on youth mental health, is to ask lawmakers to better support children and teens with mental health challenges.

We hope to see you on May 5th in support of children’s mental health!


For information and resources on how to promote positive mental health for all children, check out our website:


The Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Mental Illness (PAIMI) program provides children and adults living with psychiatric disabilities with independent advocates. These advocates offer a range of support including legal advice for navigating our complicated mental health system, defense against discrimination in education, employment, and housing, as well as monitoring and investigating instances of abuse and neglect so that people who do seek help are safe.

H.R. 2646, the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act, a bill currently being considered in Congress, would seriously weaken PAIMI’s ability to protect the rights of people with mental illness.

We must safeguard PAIMI’s ability to assist individuals with mental illness who are experiencing abuse, neglect, discrimination and barriers to education, employment, housing and so much more.

Please add your name to NDRN’s petition to show your support for the PAIMI program and robust protection for the rights of people with mental illness.

Disability Rights Wisconsin Celebrates New Law Protecting Children with Disabilities

Disability Rights Wisconsin joined disability advocates and bi-partisan legislators in a celebration in Green Bay today as Governor Walker signed strong new legislation that will be a model for the nation in protecting children with disabilities from abuse and neglect.

Assembly Bill 667 requires the state to develop a plan for investigating reports of abuse or neglect involving children with disabilities. The bill was introduced by lead-sponsors Representatives Kleefisch-R – Oconomowoc, and Representative Johnson-D – Milwaukee along with Senator Rob Cowles-R – Green Bay. The bill passed with unanimous bi-partisan support.

Available data indicate that children with disabilities are three times more likely to be a victim of abuse compared to children without disabilities. Upon review of child protective services reports and information uncovered by a FOX6 News investigation in Milwaukee, Disability Rights Wisconsin found that since February 2010 at least twelve children with special needs who were involved with the child protective services system have died due to abuse or neglect in Wisconsin. An additional eight suffered an egregious injury.

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Kids express mental health in art – Appleton Post-Crescent article on Children’s Mental Health Matters contest

Offering a window into the difficult pressures Wisconsin students are juggling, more than 200 kids and teens submitted artwork about their feelings for the Children’s Mental Health Awareness Coalition’s “My Feelings Matter” poster contest.

To read the article, click here.

Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day Poster Contest – Please Vote!

It time to vote for the winning posters for Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day. The theme is My Feelings Matter and there are entries from students preschool – high school. You can vote for your top three choices in each category and voting will close on Thursday, April 14.

To vote in the poster contest, click here.

There will be an event to celebrate National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day on Thursday, May 5th at the Overture Center in Madison at 11:30 am. The winners will be honored and their posters will be displayed. In addition, there will be youth performances and First Lady Tonette Walker will be the event speaker.

Please join us!