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Green Bay Meeting Postponed!

The Department of Health Services has announced that a Town Hall Forum, scheduled for 1:00 p.m. Wednesday March 23 at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College in Green Bay has been postponed due to inclement weather predicted for NE Wisconsin. A winter storm warning has been issued for Northeast Wisconsin until 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday.

Out of concern for the safety of members, advocates, providers and staff, the meeting will be postponed until a later date.

DRW will keep you posted on future meeting dates.

Job Posting: Medicare Part D Advocacy Specialist

Advocacy Specialist (80-100% time) in DRW’s Madison office. Provide Medicare Part D counseling on phone Helpline to persons with disabilities, coordinate volunteers and training. For job announcement and application requirements, click here or call 608-267-0214. Salary $27,000 – $45,000 DOE. Excellent benefits. Deadline: Friday, April 8. Members of racial/ethnic minority groups and persons with disabilities strongly encouraged to apply. EEO/AA Employer.

Join Better Choices for Wisconsin

Better Choices for Wisconsin is a coalition of organizations and individuals working to ensure that the state of Wisconsin has sufficient revenue to preserve our state’s excellent quality of life. That means adequate funding for such things as education, local services, public safety, health care, transportation infrastructure, and all the other public investments that make Wisconsin such a great place to live, work, do business, and raise a family.

Consider joining this coalition and lending your voice to the call for a sensible, balanced solution to Wisconsin’s revenue challenges.

Click here for more info and to sign up.

DRW investigates abusive special education teacher in Appleton

DRW Attorney Jeff Spitzer-Resnick is quoted in this Milwaukee Journal Sentinel article explaining how the criminal charges against an Appleton special education teacher are connected to Wisconsin’s lack of laws on seclusion and restraint use in school.

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

Medicaid – Important Public Meeting Notice

The Department of Health Services has issued the first of several public hearing notices on Medicaid. These will be important public forums for persons with disabilities and advocates to attend to share their ideas for cost savings and improving outcomes in Medicaid-funded programs like Family Care, IRIS, Children’s Waivers, SeniorCare and BadgerCare.

This first hearing is set for March 23 at 1:00 at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College in Green Bay. Keep checking back in with DRW on ideas on messaging at these forums. Your voice is needed!

Come to Madison – Disability Advocacy Day is April 6!

Join us for Disability Advocacy Day on April 6 at the State Capitol in Madison! This event, sponsored by the Survival Coalition of statewide disability organizations, will bring disability advocates together to share stories with state policy makers about what people with disabilities and their families need to support Real Lives, Real Work and a Real Smart Wisconsin.

Registration Deadline is March 23!

Click here to download the registration form.

DRW and BPDD issue joint statement on revised budget repair bill

Today Disability Rights Wisconsin and the Wisconsin Board for People with Developmental Disabilities issued a joint statement on the revised budget repair bill which has now passed both the Senate and Assembly.

On March 9 Senate Republicans passed a new version of the budget repair bill 18-1 without any Democrats present to vote. Republicans removed enough fiscal elements of the original bill to bypass the requirement for a quorum. Senator Dale Schultz, R-Richland Center was the only “no” vote. The Assembly passed the bill the follwoing day – March 10 – by a margin of 53-42 (1 not voting). The Assembly vote was mostly party line with 4 Republicans (Representatives Kaufert, Nerison, Spanbauer, Tranel) voting “no”.

Click here to download the joint BPDD and DRW statement

Ashland-Bayfield Area Housing Event

A collaboration of Ashland-Bayfield area organizations is hosting a free workshop event, Housing Rights and Realities, on Wednesday, April 20, 2011, Noon-4:30 pm at the Northern Great Lakes Visitors Center in Ashland. This half-day workshop and discussion is designed for the Chequamegon Bay Community about housing rights and realities for people with disabilities and victims/survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. Issues addressed will include the Americans with Disabilities Act, Fair Housing Act and housing laws applicable to victims of violence in Wisconsin. Resource information from many of the Ashland-Bayfield area organizations will be available through a Resource Fair, plus a Housing Guide will be given to all workshop participants. Registration is required. For a complete registration brochure, click here.

Budget aims to end growth of Medicaid programs in state

In this article from the Wisconsin State Journal, DRW Executive Director Lynn Breedlove comments on the effect Medicaid cuts will have on the Family Care program.

Wisconsin would cut Medicaid spending by $500 million over the next two years, with much of the savings coming from Family Care, under Gov. Scott Walker’s budget released Tuesday.

Click here to read the article on the State Journal website.

Family Care & IRIS Ombudsman Program Consumer Handout – Winter/Spring 2011

Here is the FCIOP handout for Family Care members and IRIS participants and their families, revised for Winter/Spring 2011.

Click here to download the Family Care & IRIS Ombudsman Program Consumer Handout – Winter/Spring 2011