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DRW Applauds Family Care Expansion

Disability Rights Wisconsin welcomes Governor Walker’s announcement that the Family Care and IRIS programs will expand into seven additional counties in northeastern Wisconsin. People with disabilities and aging advocates gathered in Green Bay to applaud the Governor’s office and legislators from both parties for their recent work to bring Family Care and IRIS to the region.

The wait is over for residents in seven of the fifteen counties not participating in Family Care — Brown, Door, Kewaunee, Shawano, Oconto, Menomonee and Marinette. These counties have more than 900 people who have been waiting years for state and county funded long-term support services that allow them to receive assistance in their own homes, rather than in a nursing home.

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Signing of the Milwaukee County Mental Health Board Legislation

MCMHB Bill SigningDRW Milwaukee Office Director Barbara Beckert was invited to join Governor Walker, bipartisan legislators, and Milwaukee County leaders at the signing of the Milwaukee County Mental Health Board legislation. We look forward to seeing the new Board advance positive change for people with mental illness and their families.

Disability Rights Wisconsin Thanks Governor and Legislature for New Law Establishing the Milwaukee County Mental Health Board, Will Remain Vigilant on Behalf of Patients

Today Governor Walker signed SB656, a bill establishing a new Milwaukee County Mental Health Board (MCMHB). We believe this legislation has the potential to advance significant improvements in the Milwaukee County mental health system and ultimately improve the lives of people living with mental illness. Click Here to Read DRW’s Full Statement.

Disability Rights Wisconsin Continues to Seek Improvements at Milwaukee Mental Health Complex

Disability Rights Wisconsin will continue to strongly advocate for improvements in quality of care for people at the Milwaukee Mental Health Complex. Read this March 31 Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Editorial: State & County Officials Want to Shoot the Messenger.

DRW Statement on Passage of Milwaukee County Mental Health Board Bill

Disability Rights Wisconsin (DRW) thanks legislators for passing SB565, the Milwaukee County Mental Health Board (MCMHB) bill, with nearly unanimous support. We believe this legislation has the potential to advance significant improvements in the Milwaukee County mental health system and ultimately improve the lives of people living with mental illness. Click here to read the rest of DRW Statement on Passage of Milwaukee County Mental Health Board Bill »

JOB POSTING: ADVOCACY SPECIALIST (50% TIME) IN MADISON OFFICE

ADVOCACY SPECIALIST to provide advocacy assistance, outreach, training, and systemic advocacy on behalf of persons with disabilities statewide. For detailed position announcement and application instructions click here: Advocacy Specialist, Community and Institutions. Salary for 50% time: $12,000 – $23,000, depending on experience. Application materials due by 4:30 pm on April 9.

Members of racial/ethnic minority groups and persons with disabilities strongly encouraged to apply. EEO/AA

Disability Rights Wisconsin Participates in Bill Signing: New Funds for Training Workers with Disabilities

Gov Walker signing disability employment training bills with key leadersOn March 17 Disability Rights Wisconsin and the Wisconsin Board for People with Developmental Disabilities were invited to stand alongside Governor Walker and bi-partisan legislators in Janesville as the Governor signed new legislation that will promote hiring of people with disabilities. The new law is part of the Governor’s year-long Better Bottom Line initiative to improve employment rates for people with disabilities.

 

Read the Survival Coalition of Wisconsin Disability Organization’s statement.

Read the Governor’s statement.

DRW RECEIVES DONATION FROM M3 INSURANCE SOLUTIONS

Great news —M3 Insurance Solutions, DRW’s insurance agency, generously donated $4000 toward a new computer server for DRW to ensure critical back up and disaster recovery of client data. Pictured below are Judy Zimmer, M3 Senior Account Executive, Dan Idzikowski, DRW Executive Director, and Joan Karan, DRW Associate Director. Tom Golden, M3 Vice President, presented the actual check and was the photographer.

Thank you M3. We highly value our long term relationship with your company and appreciate your investment in DRW.

Survival Coalition Weighs in on Common Core Standards Bill and Impacts on Students with Disabilities

The Survival Coalition of Wisconsin Disability Organizations submitted testimony today on SB 619, a bill that would create a politically appointed Model Academic Standards Board charged with developing standards across a variety of subject areas.

New Resource on Improving Outcomes for Students with Disabilites in Wisconsin

The Wisconsin Disability Policy Partnership, in collaboration with People First Wisconsin, has created this policy fact sheet on the state of education for students with disabilities and ideas for improving outcomes. Read FINDING QUALITY EDUCATION SOLUTIONS: Students with Disabilities Succeed with Appropriate Supports.