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Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Profile of Barbara Beckert, DRW Milwaukee Office Director

The Business section of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel published a profile of DRW’s Milwaukee Office Director, Barbara Beckert, with mention of DRW’s overall work and recent work re: the Milwaukee County Mental Health Complex. Click here for the full article.

First Annual MPS Compliance Report Issued by Independent Expert

Dr. Alan Coulter, the Independent Expert appointed by the federal district court in DRW’s longstanding class action against Milwaukee Public Schools, as part of the plaintiffs’ settlement with the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI), has issued his first annual report. That report described MPS as out of compliance in over 50% of the outcomes required by the settlement. Coverage of the report appeared on the front page of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. To read the coverage, click here.

DRW’s Update to the Community on the Milwaukee County Mental Health Complex

DRW released an “Update to the Community” today, which includes preliminary concerns and recommendations in response to a variety of problems uncovered by state surveyors at the Milwaukee County Mental Health Complex.

To read the 2-page Executive Summary of the update, click here: Executive Summary

To read the full update, click here: Update to the Community.

Attorney Monica Murphy Speaks at 20th Anniversary Celebration of the ADA

Monica Murphy Speaks at the Riverwalk ADA CelebrationAttorney Monica Murphy spoke on July 26th at the 20th Anniversary Celebration of the ADA hosted by IndependenceFirst in Milwaukee at the Riverwalk. Click here to view her remarks.

MPS Class Action Oral Argument Set – September 7

The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals has set the oral argument in DRW’s class action against Milwaukee Public Schools for September 7, 2010, starting at 9:30 AM. It has scheduled a total of 90 minutes for oral argument which is 3-4 times longer than most cases. Oral argument is open to the public and will take place in the U.S. Courthouse in Chicago, 219 S. Dearborn St. Check with the clerk’s office, Room 2722, for the courtroom where the oral argument will occur.

Review of patient safety at Mental Health Complex to take year – Journal Sentinel

Board will issue recommendation in the interim for consideration in county’s 2011 budget

By Steve Schultze of the Journal Sentinel

Posted: June 29, 2010 |

A community advisory group on patient safety at the Milwaukee County Mental Health Complex will take a year to complete its review, leaders of the group said Tuesday at its first meeting.

The county’s mental health Community Advisory Board will also try to develop interim recommendations so they can be considered for the county’s 2011 budget, said Barbara Beckert, the board’s co-chairwoman. That would require submitting those proposed changes to County Executive Scott Walker in advance of his budget introduction in late September.

To read the full story on the Journal Sentinel website, click here.

Job Posting: Outreach and training coordinator in DRW’s Milwaukee office

Outreach and training coordinator (Limited term half-time) in the Milwaukee office of statewide disability advocacy agency for grant Supporting and Empowering Youth with Emotional and Behavioral Disabilities. For detailed position description and application requirements click here or call 414-773-4646. Salary: $15,000 to $21,000 depending on experience. Excellent fringe benefits available. Deadline: August 18. Members of racial/ethnic minority groups and persons with disabilities strongly encouraged to apply. EEO/AA Employer.

Job Posting: Public Policy Coordinator – DRW Madison Office

PUBLIC POLICY COORDINATOR will coordinate state and federal legislative and policy activities of multiple disability organizations in WI. Based in Madison. For detailed position description and application requirements click here or call 608-267-0214. Salary based on experience. Excellent fringe benefits. Deadline: August 27. Members of racial/ethnic minority groups and persons with disabilities strongly encouraged to apply. EEO/AA Employer.

Position Announcement: Receptionist/Clerical Assistant, Madison Office

Receptionist/Clerical Assistant: 20 hours per week (Mon.-Fri. afternoons). Experience: word processing 50-60 wpm in MS Word; experience answering multi line phone, screening and routing calls. Bilingual in Spanish/English required. $10-$16/hour DOE. Excellent fringe benefits. For detailed position announcement: click here or call 608-267-0214. Resume and cover letter by Sept. 10 to: Disability Rights Wisconsin, 131 W. Wilson St., Ste. 700, Madison, WI 53703. Members of racial/ethnic minority groups and persons with disabilities strongly encouraged to apply. EEO/AA employer.

Job posting:SSI Managed Care and Disability Eligibility Advocacy Specialist in Green Bay

DRW is hiring an Advocacy Specialist to provide assistance with SSI disability claims and individual advocacy to persons with disabilities enrolled in managed care plans. Position is located in Green Bay. 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: Aug 13 Noon. Members of racial/ethnic minority groups and persons with disabilities strongly encouraged to apply. EEO/AA Employer.