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
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
Madison Area Technical College –Truax Campus
The Wisconsin Warrior Summit is dedicated to coordinating a comprehensive community response to the mental health needs of veterans and their families.
Through keynote speakers and breakout sessions, which will feature the voices and perspectives of veterans themselves, the Summit will inform clinical professionals, veterans and their families, as well as the public, on the needs of veterans and their families. The Summit will also provide information on treatment and support programs available.
SAVE THE DATES!
Tuesday, June 15, 2010 (8:00 am to 5 pm)
Wednesday, June 16, 2010 ( 8:00 am to 1 pm)
Click here for a flyer with more information: Wisconsin Warrior Summit flyer
DRW attorney Jeff Spitzer-Resnick was featured in a Madison TV News story on the use of seclusion and restraint in schools. Watch the story at: Fox 47 news online.
DRW is collaborating with Wisconsin FACETS and Wisconsin Family Ties on a Facebook page which you can follow by searching for the “Wisconsinites Concerned about Seclusion and Restraint” page on Facebook.
DRW Supervising Attorney Alan Freed wrote the following letter to the editor, which appeared in the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel on Monday, April 12:
The disabled need an RTA
Most people with disabilities in southeastern Wisconsin do not drive, do not have the luxury of owning cars, and therefore, absolutely depend on access to affordable public transit and/or paratransit in order to live independently, work, go to school, the doctor or to visit family and friends.
A regional transit authority would allow people with disabilities to be more fully invested members of their communities and let them seamlessly cross county boundaries as employees and consumers.
Unless the Legislature prioritizes passage of RTA-enabling legislation this session, potential cuts to Milwaukee County’s public transit system next year will result in fewer bus routes and reduce the existing countywide paratransit service area to the federal minimum. Without access to paratransit, these residents will lose their access to independence.
Disability Rights Wisconsin strongly urges the Legislature to pass this bill.
Alan Freed Jr.
Disability Rights Wisconsin
DRW Managing Attorney Monica Murphy wrote a compelling letter to the editor of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel regarding the urgent need for an appropriate literacy plan for the Milwaukee Public Schools. In her letter she brings attention to the DPI compliance plan which MPS continues to ignore: Click to read the letter.
DRW’s Benefits Team recently represented a member of the Ho-Chunk Nation who had been denied Medicaid because of a trust set up by the Nation for his benefit. The County where the member lived decided that the trust belonged to the member and thus he was over assets to receive Medicaid services. Attorney Ellen Henningsen was successful in persuading the Administrative Law Judge and Wisconsin’s Department of Health Services that the trust was not a countable asset. The Nation was required to establish the trust under federal and state law to receive per-capita payments due to excess gaming revenue because the member was under a guardianship; because the trust was considered a “third-party trust,” it was not a countable asset.
To read the decision, click here: Ho-Chunk Trust Decision
Under DRW’s settlement with the Department of Public Instruction in its longstanding class action lawsuit against Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS), an independent expert, Dr. Alan Coulter, must analyze the progress that MPS is making in providing early intervening services to children who need it in all of its schools. Under the settlement Dr. Coulter will issue a mid-year and a year end report. He recently submitted his first mid-year report, which you can read here: MPS Progress Report, along with a cover letter to MPS Superintendent William Andrekopoulos and MPS Board President Michael Bonds, which you can read here: Cover letter.
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel published a story on this report: Click to read the article on the Journal-Sentinel website.
The Journal Sentinel published a follow-up article on the subject: Click to read the follow-up article on the Journal-Sentinel website.
March 22, 2010
Disability Rights Wisconsin (DRW) is the designated protection and advocacy agency for people with mental illness and other disabilities in Wisconsin. In that role, we advocate for people with disabilities who experience abuse or neglect or other violations of their rights. We are deeply concerned about the recent reports of assaults and other citations at the Milwaukee Mental Health Complex and possible systemic failures which may include neglect of vulnerable people by staff. This is intolerable and we are committed to working with other stakeholders to move forward with systemic change and doing everything possible to ensure that the hospital provide a safe and healing environment for patients. We are in the process of reviewing the citations, corrective action plan, policies and procedures, and other records; and communicating with the state and CMS as they move forward with their responsibilities related to monitoring and/or investigation; as well as contacting the patients and/or guardians.
As the protection and advocacy agency for people with disabilities in our state, we want to remind you that if patients or guardians have concerns about patients’ rights, abuse or neglect, or access to services at the Milwaukee Mental Health Complex, you may refer them to DRW at our Milwaukee office at 414-773-4646. DRW may be able to provide advocacy services in these cases or provide a referral if that is more appropriate. We regularly have cases from the Complex, but clearly there are additional patients whose rights are being violated and are in need of advocacy services. Signs with our contact information are (again) being posted on all inpatient units and we will periodically be on site, although our ability to do this is restricted by our limited staff resources. We are working with Milwaukee County staff and others to ensure patients are aware of their rights and of our advocacy services.