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Budget repair bill could take away input from people with disabilities and their families re: Medicaid services

DRW, along with other advocacy groups, has mounted efforts to oppose the budget repair bill provisions giving the Department of Health Services broad authority to make sweeping changes to Medicaid with little public input. See the Capital Times article below which includes quote from DRW’s Public Policy Coordinator, Lisa Pugh.

Click here to read the Capital Times article

Disability Rights Wisconsin and Wisconsin’s Board for People with Developmental Disabilities issue joint statement on the State budget.

State’s Leading Disability Agencies Call for a Balanced Budget Approach: The Budget Cannot Be Balanced on the Backs of Persons with Disabilities

Click here to download the DRW and BPDD Press release

DRW ED Lynn Breedlove – Letter to the Editor Re: “Abuser Protection Act”

DRW’s Executive Director Lynn Breedlove, along with Kristina Finnel of Mental Health America of Wisconsin and Al Majkrzak of AARP Wisconsin, wrote a letter to the editor that appeared in the January 24 edition of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Click here to read the letter on the Journal Sentinel website.

Disability and Aging Groups Oppose SB 1 – Calling It “The Abuser Protection Act”

Disability and Aging Groups Oppose SB 1 – Calling It “The Abuser Protection Act”

For Immediate Release: January 17, 2011

Seven leading statewide aging and disability advocacy organizations have issued a harsh letter to members of the Wisconsin Senate – calling their lead bill – SB 1 – a piece of legislation that protects abusers of vulnerable individuals. In this letter the organizations outline various real-life scenarios of abuse and neglect of persons with disabilities and the elderly and explain to legislators how their intent to reform how lawsuits are resolved in Wisconsin may have serious unintended consequences. The letter which was distributed to members of the Senate and the media prior to the Senate’s vote on January 18 is attached here.

If you have questions about this information, please contact Lisa Pugh at Disability Rights Wisconsin at 608-469-9385 or Lisa.Pugh@drwi.org.

Click here to download the Senate letter re SB1 – Aging and Disability Groups

DRW Testimony on the Tort Reform bills before the State Legislature

DRW Managing Attorney Monica Murphy testified before the Senate and Assembly committees considering the Tort Reform bills.

Click the following link for DRW’s memo to the committees: DRW Testimony on Tort Reform 1-11-11 – FINAL

Letter to Beloit Daily News re: Sen. Judy Robson’s Role in Health Care

DRW Executive Director Lynn Breedlove, along with representatives from the Wisconsin Nurses Association and Citizen Action of Wisconsin, wrote a letter to the editor of the Beloit Daily News discussing the legacy of retiring Wisconsin State Senator Judy Robson.

Click to read the letter on the Beloit Daily News website.

Long-Term Care Functional Screen Information

Information about Wisconsin’s Long-Term Care Functional Screen for Eligibility for Long-Term Care Programs

Click here to download Long-Term Care Functional Screen Information

DRW Board elects new officers and eight new members

The newly elected DRW Board officers for 2011 are:

  • President: Jeff Timm, Franksville
  • Vice President: James Powell, Sun Prairie
  • Secretary: Ben Barrett, Trego

New members elected to the Board for a 2 year term beginning January 1, 2011 are:

  • Rachel Arfa, Milwaukee
  • Gary Arms, Oshkosh
  • John Donnelly, Madison
  • Catherine Kunze, West Allis
  • Saphronia Purnell, Green Bay
  • Christopher Sigl, Hartford
  • Alice Skenandore, Green Bay
  • Mary Unkel, Grafton

Click here for a complete list of the 17 DRW Board members.

Restraints in schools in the news

DRW Attorney Jeff Spitzer-Resnick comments in the Appleton Post-Crescent about the lack of Wisconsin laws on seclusion and restraint, in a case which DRW has referred to a contracted attorney.

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DRW comments on teachers’ union

DRW Managing Attorney Jeff Spitzer-Resnick was quoted in this front page Milwaukee Journal Sentinel article about the power of Wisconsin’s teachers’ unions. View the full article by clicking on the following link: