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A Guide to the Rules for Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) Settings

In January 2014, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services released final rules regarding the settings of Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS). These rules require HCBS settings to provide opportunities for participants to engage in community life, have access to the community, control their personal resources, and seek employment and work in competitive settings. A new Question and Answer Guide regarding the new HCBS rules has been released by The National Disability Rights Network, of which DRW is a member, along with other prominent national disability organizations. Click here to read the Q&A Guide.

Job Posting – Special Ed Advocate – DRW’s Milwaukee Office

DRW Milwaukee seeks an advocate to represent people with disabilities in special education and related matters. Handle individual cases, participate in systems advocacy and provide support in special education advocacy. For position description and application requirements click here. Salary DOE & excellent fringe benefits. Scheduling is somewhat flexible with possibility of summers off. Deadline:3/16/15. Members of racial/ethnic minority groups and persons with disabilities encouraged to apply. EEO/AA employer.

DRW’s Summary of Governor Walker’s Budget Proposal

DRW has developed a summary of the Governor’s budget proposal highlighting provisions impacting people with disabilities. To read the summary, click here.

Disability Rights Wisconsin Statement on Proposed Changes to Wisconsin’s Long-Term Care System

The Governor has proposed terminating the IRIS long term care option for the elderly and people with disabilities. The IRIS program is an important alternative to managed long term care in Family Care as it allows people to manage their own budgets and self-direct their long term supports. IRIS works effectively for more than 11,000 people. If IRIS is eliminated in the budget, people currently enrolled in the program would be required to join a managed care organization in Family Care. The Governor is also proposing major changes to the Family Care program that may reduce the number of managed care organizations operating in the state and open the door to large, for-profit, managed care/insurance companies. (Existing regional long-term care districts are eliminated in this budget and DHS will now solicit statewide managed care proposals that will have additional oversight by the Office of the Commissioner of Insurance.) Like other states that have adopted this service delivery, the Family Care long-term care program would begin to operate more like a medical model in an insurance program. DRW believes these changes will decrease choice and competition in long term care and have the potential to severely limit community integration. DHS may also include primary and acute medical services in the long term care program. This may restrict people’s choice of physicians and other health professionals, in some cases forcing people to change doctors if they want to receive any long term care services. The budget proposal does not demonstrate any significant cost savings from this major overhaul of Wisconsin’s long-term care system that is being proposed without input from anyone receiving or delivering long-term care.

Job Posting: Benefits Attorney – DRW Rice Lake Office – New Deadline – March 12

Attorney in DRW’s Rice Lake office to support benefit specialists in disability-related public benefits cases, conduct trainings, and provide direct legal representation. For detailed Position Announcement, salary range, and application requirements, click here or call 608-267-0214. Deadline: 3/12/15. Members of racial/ethnic minority groups and persons with disabilities strongly encouraged to apply. EEO/AA Employer

Disability Rights Wisconsin Shares Concerns about Governor’s Budget Proposal

Disability Rights Wisconsin will continue to review Governor Walker’s 2015-2017 Biennial Budget request to assess impacts on people with disabilities. Check back for future updates. On February 4th DRW issued this press release outlining major areas of support and concern.

New Publication – Conversations About Your Child – Themes for a Lifetime

Disability Rights Wisconsin is happy to offer a new resource for parents of children with disabilities and those who support them. Development of Conversations About Your Child—Themes for a Lifetime was supported by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, Division of Long Term Care.

Points of view in this document are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the Department of Health Services. Conversations About Your Child does not have a copyright. Reproduction and sharing of any part of this resource is permitted and encouraged. Whenever copies are made or referenced please credit Disability Rights Wisconsin. Click the following link to read and download the guide: Conversations About Your Child.

Job Posting – Human Resources Coordinator

Promote Disability Rights Wisconsin’s mission to create positive change in the lives of people with disabilities by ensuring our team has the values, skills, resources, and support to conduct their best advocacy. Provide leadership in employment policy, compensation, benefits, orientation, appreciation, and professional development. Privacy & AA officer. Volunteer coordinator. Must have 4 years progressive HR experience and effective interface with diverse groups, including persons with disabilities. Project management helpful. DRW, Madison. 30-32 hours/wk. $34.5 – 46K DOE. Excellent benefits package. EEO/AA employer. Applicants from ethnic and racial minority groups, persons with disabilities urged to apply. Click here for application & description.

Job Posting: Director of Administration & Quality – Deadline extended to 2/27/15

Disability Rights Wisconsin seeks a highly organized strategic thinker who can help a team of skilled advocates maximize the impact of their federal investigatory “superpowers” and policy prowess to improve the lives of people with disabilities. Mine data, manage supports, and mature processes that will take our growing team to the next level of influence. Must be able to create systems and interpret information that drives performance, improves workflow, meets our Board and funders’ expectations, and keeps us focused on the people we serve. Work with a dynamic team passionate about our mission in Madison, Wisconsin, named the best place to live in the US. Did we mention great benefits?

For a full position announcement, click here.

DRW is an EEO/AA employer committed to a diverse workforce. Applicants from ethnic and racial minority groups & persons with disabilities strongly urged to apply. Deadline: 2/27/15.

Disability Rights Wisconsin 2015 Legislative Agenda

Each year Disability Rights Wisconsin develops a Legislative Agenda to advocate for policy changes that can improve the quality of life and opportunities for individuals with disabilities in our state. See the 2015 Disability Rights Wisconsin Legislative Agenda here: DRW 2015 Legislative Agenda.