Learn About Proposed Changes to Family Care in the State Budget
Many people with disabilities, older adults, their families, providers and community members have questions about the major changes in the proposed state budget regarding long-term care supports (Family Care/IRIS). Among the changes proposed, the Governor’s budget redesigns the Family Care program that provides essential long-term supports to people with disabilities and the elderly throughout Wisconsin.
Please complete this survey and share this survey link with people who are interested in sharing their Family Care story: www.surveymonkey.com/s/Family-Care
If you are interested in learning more about the proposed elimination of the IRIS program, you can complete an IRIS survey here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/saveiris
What Else Can I Do?
In addition to taking these surveys, here are other things you may consider:
1. Review and Share the Frequently Asked Questions: Review and share this FAQ widely with your networks and other stakeholders. Send electronically, make paper copies for meetings, and link to your websites. Many long-term care participants still have not heard about these proposed changes. Others don’t have access to information to answer their questions.
2. Participate in and help your members get to Disability Advocacy Day on March 17 at Monona Terrace/Capitol in Madison. Register today at: http://www.survivalcoalitionwi.org/index.php/events/. They will set up legislative visits for you. We need strong participation in Disability Advocacy Day to raise legislative awareness of the disability community’s priorities and concerns. Need a Ride to Disability Advocacy Day? Transportation is being provided in various areas around the state. For more information go to: http://www.survivalcoalitionwi.org/index.php/2015/updates/need-a-ride-to-disability-advocacy-day/
3. Talk to your legislators and encourage your organization’s members to share their story directly with their legislators on their own time. To find who your legislators are go to legis.wisconsin.gov/ and enter your address. Also, contact members of the Joint Committee on Finance: http://docs.legis.wisconsin.gov/2015/committees/joint/1384
4. Attend State Budget Training Sessions: The Board for People with Developmental Disabilities (BPDD), Disability Rights Wisconsin (DRW) and People First have organized a series of state budget trainings (starting March 2) to provide the latest information about the budget and how it will affect individuals with disabilities and their families and how you can participate in the budget process. Here is a link to the flyer on dates, times, and locations: http://www.wi-bpdd.org/docs/2015/BPDD-State-Budget-Training-2015.pdf