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Study Touts Family Care

The Family Care Managed Care Organizations just released an analysis based on DHS data and information from the recent Legislative Audit Bureau’s audit of Family Care that shows that Family Care saves money ($89 million last year) because it is more cost effective than the waiver system. DRW Milwaukee Office Manager Barbara Beckert speaks to the fiscal impact of the cap which will result in higher costs due to increased use of costly institutional care.

Click here to view the article on the Journal Sentinel website.

Statewide Aging and Disability Groups Show the Legislature the Money and Say “Lift the Caps!”

On May 20 Wisconsin Legislators received a proposal from 13 statewide disability and aging groups which cites new ways that the Legislature can fund long-term care. The proposal directs the Legislature to new funding sources to lift the cap, including a redirection of some of the additional $636 million in overall tax revenues.

The proposal also cites data that shows that not only will a cap be costly to taxpayers, but it will result in people with disabilities and older adults facing just one extremely expensive long-term care option – and the one that most people want to avoid – a bed in a nursing home or other institution. This proposal defines a realistic way to avoid a Cap and continue progress toward long-term care reform – allowing people to remain in their homes and communities.

Click here to download Life the Cap on Long Term Care – A Funding Proposal.

Disability Organizations Tell the Legislature to Lift the Caps!

Today the Survival Coalition of Wisconsin Disability Organizations issued a hard-hitting report and proposal to request that the Legislature remove the cap on Wisconsin’s community long term care programs.

The report: Keeping the Community Promise – Lifting the Cap on Long-Term Care in Wisconsin was provided to the Legislature on May 20.

The report illustrates the value of the Community Promise, both in dollars and quality of life, and shares the stories of the thousands of older adults, adults and children with disabilities who depend on our state’s commitment to community-based long-term care.

Click here to download Keeping the Community Promise – Lifting the Cap on Long-Term Care in Wisconsin.

Disability Organizations Say New Funding in the State Budget Should Be Invested in Long Term Care

The Survival Coalition, of which Disability Rights Wisconsin is a member, issued this press statement related to the state’s recent revenue re-estimates that put more than $600 million additional dollars into play in the current budget conversation.

Click here for the Survival Coalition Press Release on New Revenue

DRW Board Listening Session in Appleton on Fri, June 10

The DRW Board of Directors will conduct a Listening Session in Appleton on Fri, June 10 from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. You are invited to come and tell the Board about the disability issues that need to be addressed by DRW.

Click here for the full announcement with location and other details regarding the Listening Session.
Click here for the full announcement in Spanish.
Click here for the full announcement in Hmong.

SSA Hearings Training – May 19 – Superior, Wisconsin

The training will cover the basics of SSA benefits, applications, appeals, and practice tips for representing clients at SSA disability hearings. Attorneys from DRW’s Benefits Team will co-present with two private attorneys who handle SSA cases in Northwestern Wisconsin. The tuition is $100. We prefer that registrations be submitted by May 12th but will accept registrations until the day of the training and at the door.

Click here for a flyer with details.

Disability Rights Wisconsin expresses concerns about Photo ID bill that passed out of Committee this week

Disability Rights Wisconsin sent a letter to Representative Tauchen and members of the Assembly Committee on Elections and Campaign Reform expressing concerns that the bill which passed out of committee this week will negatively impact voters with disabilities. The bill will require voters to present photo identification in order to register and vote, but also makes ends corroboration, makes it more difficult to by absentee ballot in-person, requires individuals to sign the poll book, and puts undo burden on voters who vote an absentee ballot by mail.

Click here to download the Committee letter SA1 to AB7

DRW participates in Appellate Court case stopping Mental Health commitment of individuals with Alzheimer’s disease

DRW submitted an Amicus brief in the Appellate Court in Helen E.F. v. Fond du Lac County, advocating against the inclusion of individuals with only a diagnosis Alzheimer’s disease or other types of dementia “with behaviors” as subject to commitment under the state law goverening involuntary mental health commitments (Chapter 51). The court agreed with this position, holding that Alzheimer’s disease is not a qualifying mental illness for the purposes of comminment standards and people with only a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s or similar types of dementia are not the proper subjects for treatment under Chapter 51. This case could have far reaching implications for nursing homes and other residential placements which account for the majority of emergency detentions initiated against Alzheimer’s patients. Additionally, this ruling requires changes in emergency detention procedures for both law enforcement and inpatient psychiatric facilities. Fond du Lac County has 30 days to decide whether to ask the Wisconsin Supreme Court to review this decision, if it does, DRW will ask the Court to participate at that level as well. Click here to view the article: www.jsonline.com/features/health/120901259.html

DRW submits testimony in favor of SB 42 expanding mandatory reporters of child abuse

Here is the testimony which DRW submitted yesterday in support of SB 42 which would make all school employees mandatory reporters of child abuse and forbid termination of any school employee who makes a good faith report of child abuse:

DRW testimony – sb 42

DRW submits testimony against AB 110-Special Needs Scholarships bill

Here is the testimony which DRW submitted at Tuesday’s hearing against AB 110, which seeks to create Special Needs Scholarships:

DRW testimony – ab 110