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Journal-Sentinel Op-Eds on Mental Health Complex

The following opinion piece appeared in the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel on Thursday, November 4, 2010:

Needless Delay: click here.

The following opinion pieces appeared in the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel on Sunday, August 29, 2010:

It’s Everyone’s Problem to Solve: click here.

To Inspire a Culture of Excellence: click here.

Steps Being Taken to Improve Services: click here.

Journal-Sentinel Updates On Milwaukee Mental Health Complex

Beginning on Sunday, August 23, the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel has published a “Watchdog Report” about the ongoing investigation into the Milwaukee County Mental Health Complex. Click the links below to see the series of articles.

November 4–Milwaukee County Board urges release of mental facility report: click here.

Walker, supervisors in accord on building new Mental Health Complex: click here.

Shakeup at Milwaukee County Mental Health Complex widens: click here.

Mental Health Complex security faulty, sheriff’s report concludes: click here.

Chianelli demoted as head of Mental Health Complex: click here.

Out of Chaos, a Baby is Born: click here.

Patient with Violent Past went Unsupervised: click here.

Budget and staff cuts, leadership questions nag outmoded facility: click here.

Lack of accountability continues, despite deaths, threats to funding: click here.

Assault suspect at mental facility competent for trial, judge says: click here.

Mental health unit gets help. County hires 2 firms: click here.

Walker seeks extra $5.5 million for mental health. New budget calls for more staff, training: click here.

County won’t release study on mental facility, auditor says information may aid probe into troubled complex: click here.

Complex ill-equipped to handle violent patients. Mental health nurses says patient with HIV spits blood at them: click here.

To see links to earlier media coverage on this topic, click here.

DRW 2009 Annual Report

The report showcases some of the many advocacy areas we focused on last year, including the Family Care and IRIS Ombudsman Program, our advocacy in the northwest part of the state from our Rice Lake office, our role with the Milwaukee Mental Health Task Force, and the DRW Board’s Listening Sessions.

Click here to download the report.

Family Care & IRIS Ombudsman Program – Annual Report 2009-2010

Content Annual Report of DRW’s Family Care & IRIS Ombudsman Program from July 1, 2009 to June 30, 2010. The report outlines the activities and casework of the program.

Click here to download the Family Care & IRIS Ombudsman Program – Annual Report 2009-2010

Disability Benefit Specialist Program Celebrates 10th Anniversary

On October 14 & 15, 2010 Wisconsin’s Disability Benefit Specialist Program celebrated its 10th anniversary with a gala event in the Dells.

DRW has provided legal back-up and support to the Disability Benefit Specialists (DBS) since 2004. DBSs assist persons with disabilities between 18 and 59 with public and private benefit programs, such as Social Security Disability Insurance, Supplemental Security Income, Medicaid, and Medicare. The services provided by DRW to the Disability Benefit Specialists include training, technical assistance, case supervision, direct client representation, and program development services. DRW Managing Attorney Molly Bandt has been with the program since it began in 2000 and has overseen its growth from 5 DBSs in 8 counties to 70 DBSs in 57 counties; and from one attorney to eight attorneys. Congratulations to our Benefits Team on 10 years of excellent work!

Benefit Specialists at Kalahari

DRW Board Listening Session in Beloit – Fri, Dec 3

The Board of Directors of Disability Rights Wisconsin (DRW) will be conducting a Listening Session on Friday, December 3, 2010 in Beloit.

DRW is the designated protection and advocacy agency for people with developmental, physical, or sensory disabilities and people with mental illness in Wisconsin. DRW engages in a variety of advocacy strategies, including one-on-one advocacy for individuals and their families; systems advocacy (influencing state and county policy, legislative advocacy and coalition building); class action and impact litigation; and providing training to people with disabilities, their family members, human service professionals, attorneys and others on a variety of disability related topics.

The DRW Board wants to hear from people with disabilities, their families, friends, disability activists, service providers and other concerned individuals about your ideas for the future of disability advocacy and the issues that need to be addressed in the areas of special education, developmental disability, mental health and physical disability services and disability rights.

WHEN: Friday, December 3, 2010 from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

WHERE: Fairfield Inn & Suites Beloit
2784 Milwaukee Rd
Beloit, WI 53511

PARKING: Free parking in the Fairfield Inn & Suites parking lot.

BUS: Route #4 bus stops next to the Fairfield Inn.

QUESTIONS: Call 800-928-8778 or 608-267-0214 Voice
888-758-6049 TTY/Textnet

ACCOMMODATIONS: Please contact Linda Apple at 800-928-8778 or 608-267-0214 or applel@drwi.org by Wednesday, November 24 if you need an accommodation or language translation to participate.

WRITTEN COMMENTS: If you would like to submit written comments, you may send them via email to applel@drwi.org or by mail to Disability Rights Wisconsin, 131 West Wilson Street, Suite 700, Madison, WI 53703

Derechos de los Incapacitados en Wisconsin Sesión de Escucha en Beloit

La mesa directiva de Derechos de los Incapacitados en Wisconsin (DRW) tendrá una Sesión de Escucha en Beloit el viernes, 3 de diciembre del 2010.

DRW es la agencia de protección y defensa designada para las personas en Wisconsin con incapacidades físicas, sensoriales, de desarrollo, y personas con enfermedades mentales. DRW emplea una variedad de estrategias de defensa, incluyendo la defensa para individuos y sus familias; defensa de sistemas (influencia en la política del estado y del condado, defensa legislativa y edificar coaliciones); acciones de clase y litigio con impacto; y proveer entrenamiento a personas con incapacidades, sus familias, profesionales de servicios humanos, abogados y otros en una variedad de temas relacionadas a incapcidades.

La mesa directiva quiere oír de las personas con incapacidades, sus familias, amigos, activistas, abastecedores de servicio y otros individuos afectados sobre sus ideas para el futuro de la defensa de los incapacitados, y los asuntos que tienen que ser dirigidas sobre los servicios disponsibles y los derechos en las areas de la educación especial, incapacidad de desarrollo, salud mental, e incapcidades físicas.

CUÁNDO: El viernes, 3 de diciembre, 2010 de 4:30pm hasta 6:30pm

DÓNDE: Fairfield Inn & Suites
2784 Milwaukee Road
Beloit, WI 53511

ESTACIONAMIENTO: Gratis, estacionamiento de Fairfield Inn & Suites

AUTOBÚS: La Routa #4 para al lado del Fairfield Inn.

PREGUNTAS: Llame al 800-708-3034 o 414-773-4646 Voz
888-758-6049 TTY/Textnet

ACOMODACIONES: Póngase en contacto con Linda Apple por correo electrónico applel@drwi.org o al 608-267-0214 antes del miercoles, 24 de noviembre si usted necesita alguna acomodación o un intérprete para poder participar.

COMENTARIOS ESCRITOS: Si le gustaría entregar comentarios escritos, se puede enviar comentarios via email al applel@drwi.org o por correo a Disability Rights Wisconsin, 131 West Wilson Street, Suite 700, Madison, WI 53703

Kev Los Mloog Cov Lus Teb Nyob Rau Tim Disability Rights Wisconsin Beloit

Cov Thawj Coj nyob rau hauv Disability Rights Wisconsin (DRW) yuav muaj koom txoos los Mloog Cov Lus Teb rau hnub Friday, Hnub tim 3, lub Kaum Ob Hlis Ntuj Xyoo 2010 nyob rau hauv Beloit.

DRW yog lub koom haum tiv thaiv thiab sawv cev rau cov tib neeg tsis taus uas loj hlob tsis zoo, ua tsis tau tej yam li lwm tus, lossis lwm yam tsis taus thiab rau cov tib neeg puas hlwb nyob rau hauv Wisconsin. DRW muaj kev pab cuam rau cov tib neeg tsis taus thiab puas hlwb xws li sawv cev rau ib tug neeg thiab rau lawv tsev neeg; txoj kev pab sawv cev (xws li pab kho cov kev cai rau lub xeev thiab lub nroog, thiab cov kev cai rau tsoom fwm thiab nhriav kev koom tes); pab rau rooj plaub thiab pab rau kev txiav txim plaub; thiab pab qhuab qhia tib neeg tsis taus thiab lawv tsev neeg, cov neeg ua haujlwm pab tib neeg, cov kws lij choj thiab lwm cov tib neeg txog tej xav qhia tawm txog cov tib neeg tsis taus.

Cov Thawj Coj Rau DRW xav mloog cov suab tawm los ntawm cov tib neeg tsis taus thiab lawv tsev neeg, phooj ywg, cov nhriav kev pab, cov muaj kev pab thiab lwm cov tib neeg uas muaj kev txhawj xeeb txog cov tswv yim yuav pab rau cov tib neeg tsis taus txog phab sawv cev thiab lwm yam teeb meem txog kev kawm ntawv rau cov tsis taus, cov loj hlob tsis zoo, cov puas hlwb thiab cov tsis taus thiab lawv cov kev cai.

THAUM TWG: Hnub Friday, Hnub tim 3, lub Kaum Ob Hlis Ntuj Xyoo 2010 Pib thaum 4:30 p.m. txog 6:30 p.m.

QHOV TWG: Fairfield Inn & Suites Beloit
2784 Milwaukee Rd
Beloit, WI 53511

CHAW NRES TSHEB: Muaj chaw nres tsheb nyob rau ntawm lub Fairfield Inn & Suites yog dawb xwb.

NPAV: Lub npav route lej 4 nres rau ntawm lub Fairfield Inn.

MUAJ LUS NUG: Hu xov tooj rau 800-928-8778 los sis 608-267-0214
888-758-6049 TTY/Textnet

XAV TAU LWM YAM KEV PAB: Thov hu xov tooj rau Linda Apple ntawm 800-298-8778 los sis 608-267-0214 lossis applel@drwi.org ua ntej hnub Wednesday Hnub tim 24 Lub Kaum Ib Hlis Ntuj yog tias koj xav tau kev pab lwm yam los sis xav tau ib tug neeg tuaj txhais lus koj thiaj li tuaj koom tau.

YOG XAV SAU NTAWV TUAJ: Yog koj xav sau ntawv tuaj, koj xa siv email tuaj rau applel@drwi.org lossis muab xa tuaj rau ntawm Disability Rights Wisconsin, 131 West Wilson Street,
Suite 700, Madison, WI 53703

Support DRW through giving to Community Shares of Wisconsin

DRW is a member of Community Shares of Wisconsin. Community Shares of Wisconsin is your connection with 64 grassroots, nonprofit organizations that build social and economic equity and a healthy environment.

Community Shares raises funds for its member agencies – including DRW – through workplace giving campaigns at over 100 private sector employers in the Madison area. Public sector employees can also contribute to Community Shares and its member groups through their Combined Campaign. Please consider giving to DRW through your Community Shares workplace giving campaign.

You can choose how you’d like to support DRW through Community Shares:

  • You can designate your gift to DRW and we will receive 100% of your contribution. (None of it is
    kept for administrative purposes.)
  • You can direct your gift to Community Shares and support DRW along with many other worthy

Both types of gifts are needed and appreciated.

By supporting Community Shares of Wisconsin, you join with other committed individuals who share your vision of a better world. To learn more about Community Shares of Wisconsin visit www.communityshares.com

If you wish, you can make your donation to CSW on line: https://app.etapestry.com/hosted/CommunitySharesofWisconsin/OnlineGiving.html

Drawing for a Trek bike and other prizes:

Community Shares of Wisconsin and Dane Buy Local (promotes locally owned businesses) are teaming up to sponsor a drawing for a Trek bike. The bike is outfitted with accessories donated by Planet bike and Saris (including a 3 bike rack and a bike trainer). There are several other prizes donated by local businesses included in the drawing.

For information on the other prizes and how to enter the drawing, click on http://www.communityshares.com/n-news/article.asp?id=60. The drawing will take place on Dec 3 so you must enter before then.

Thank you for your support of DRW and Community Shares of Wisconsin.

Job Posting: Advocate–Family Care & IRIS Ombudsman, Milwaukee Office

DRW seeks an ombudsman to provide assistance and advocacy to enrollees in Wisconsin’s publicly funded long term care programs. Position in Milwaukee office. For detailed Position Announcement and application requirements, click here or call 608-267-0214. Salary DOE & excellent fringe benefits. Deadline: Nov. 3, 2010, NOON. EEO/AA Employer.