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Candidates Forum on Long Term Care – Green Bay, July 30

Be a part of history! In this important election year, Disability Rights Wisconsin along with other disability and aging organizations have come together to sponsor a Candidates Forum on Aging and Disability Long Term Care, featuring the candidates for Governor and US Senate (all invited). Scheduled for July 30 in Green Bay from 11 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. This is an historic opportunity to hear from statewide candidates about the issues that affect our lives, our futures and the future of our State. Registration fees are on a sliding scale, $10-$35 and transportation assistance is available for people with disabilities and their families. There are also opportunities for organizations to join as co-sponsors to help underwrite costs for the forum and provide additional scholarships so that as many people with disabilities and their families can attend. This is a statewide event, with statewide importance. Sponsors currently include Coalition of Wisconsin Aging Groups (CWAG), Disability Rights Wisconsin (DRW), the Board for People with Developmental Disabilities (BPDD), Survival Coalition, Community Alliance of Providers of Wisconsin (CAPOW), the Brain Injury Association of Wisconsin (BIAW) and the Wisconsin Disability Vote Coalition (WDVC). Please make plans to attend and we hope to see you there!

Click for a registration form: Forum Registration

Click for information for sponsors: Sponsor Fact Sheet

Milwaukee Area 2010 Candidate Forum Series – Please Join Us!

Please plan to join us for our 2010 Candidate Forum Series sponsored by Make It Work Milwaukee Coalition and Milwaukee Mental Health Task Force, and co-sponsored by the Milwaukee Latino Health Coaltion. Click here to see the flyer with information about the first two events including Session One on July 26 with Mayor Barrett and Session Two on August 23 with County Executive Walker. Mark Neumann has also been invited to participate. Help us spread the word – please share with your networks.

Click to see a flyer with more information: Candidate Forum Flyer

Family Care & IRIS Ombudsman Program Consumer Presentation – Summer 2010

Introduction to Family Care, Family Care Partnership, and IRIS

Click here to download the Family Care & IRIS Ombudsman Program Consumer Presentation – Summer 2010

MPS class action on the radio

WUWM ran this story featuring DRW’s class action against Milwaukee Public Schools as part of its week long series about MPS. You can read the transcript and hear the audio at this link: WUWM story.

Job Posting: Family Care/IRIS Ombudsman in DRW Madison Office

Working under the supervision of the Family Care and IRIS Ombudsman Program Manager, the Ombudsman will provide a variety of assistance to Family Care, Partnership and IRIS enrollees in multiple Wisconsin counties. Deadline is June 28, 2010, 12 noon. No exceptions.

Please click here for a detailed position announcement: Ombuds Position Announcement

Job posting for SSI Managed Care and Disability Eligibility Advocacy Specialist

ADVOCACY SPECIALIST in the Milwaukee office of statewide disability advocacy agency to provide assistance with SSA disability claims and individual advocacy to persons with disabilities enrolled in managed care plans. For detailed position description and application requirements click here or call 414-773-4646. Salary: $27,000 to $45,000 depending on experience. Excellent fringe benefits. Deadline: July 2. Members of racial/ethnic minority groups and persons with disabilities strongly encouraged to apply. EEO/AA Employer.

DRW Mental Health Advisory Committee Rice Lake Listening Session

The Mental Health Advisory Committee of the DRW Board will be conducting a Listening Session on mental health issues in Rice Lake on June 28, 2010 from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Click on this link for more information: DRW Mental Health Advisory Committee Rice Lake Listening Session Announcement

DRW Eau Claire Listening Session Invitation in English, Spanish and Hmong

The Board of Directors of Disability Rights Wisconsin (DRW) will be conducting a Listening Session on Friday, June 25, 2010 in Eau Claire. Click below for more information.

Eau Claire Listening Session 6-10

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Front Page Journal-Sentinel Article and other media coverage about MMHC Investigation

Advocacy group’s report slams Mental Health Complex

By Steve Schultze and Meg Kissinger of the Journal Sentinel
Posted: May 15, 2010

Patients at Milwaukee County’s Mental Health Complex are not kept safe from sexual predators, and comments by administrators and staff claiming otherwise reveal a disturbing indifference, says a watchdog group that has reviewed patient files.

Of 17 patients whose records were reviewed, 10 had improper sexual contact with other patients and five were sexually assaulted at the complex during the last half of 2009, according to a blistering report compiled by Disability Rights Wisconsin.

Click to read the full article on the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel website.

Other stories on this topic:

May 26 Journal-Sentinel editorial: Independent advisory group on patient safety at MCMHC is a good first step, but more is needed.

May 21 Shepherd Express: Patients Aren’t Safe at Mental Health Complex.

May 19 Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel article: Unsafe staffing levels hurt Mental Health Complex.

May 17 editorial on the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel website.

May 14 Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel article about MMHC’s attorney fees.

May 12 Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel article: Advocates Seek Reform at MMHC.

May 11 Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel Editorial on Mixed Gender Acute Care Units at MMHC.

May 8 Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel Article: MMHC Administrator Defends Sex Crime Risk.

March 26 Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel website: Agency to Investigate Abuse Allegations at MCMHC.

Community Forum to discuss the future of Long Term Care in Dane County

Join us for a community forum to discuss the future of Long Term Care in Dane County. Wisconsin is changing the way Long Term Care Services are provided, and this could mean a big change for residents in Madison and the surrounding area. Counties around the state are beginning the transition to Family Care and IRIS, two new programs that will change the way services are being provided to people with Developmental Disabilities, Physical Disabilities, and Frail Elders. Dane County will be making some big decisions soon.

Who: Seniors, People with Developmental Disabilities and
Physical Disabilities. People on a waiting list or receiving
waiver services.
Where: The Urban League Work Center
2222 S. Park Street, Madison
When: Thursday, May 27th from 5-7 pm

Susan Crowley — Administrator of the Division of Long Term Care: Department of Health Services
Betsy Abramson — Family Care and IRIS Ombudsman Program Manager: Disability Rights Wisconsin
Kim Turner — Developmental Disabilities Coalition of Dane County

Click here for a flyer with more information: FCIOP in Dane County