You May Already Be Part of the Alliance!
If you are a champion of Direct Care Workers, you’re already part of the Wisconsin Long-Term Care Workforce Alliance. We’re a coalition of organizations and individuals who recognize the critical and indispensable role direct care workers play in meeting the long-term care needs of older adults and people of all ages with disabilities in Wisconsin. We believe in bringing everyone together around our common purpose of championing direct care workers: provider organizations, advocates, statewide associations, government agencies, educational institutions, community leaders, consumers, families – and, of course, the direct care workers.
Latest Here: Info from Alliance Meeting + Advocacy & Budget Events
Alliance Members Pack April 19 Meeting to Get Latest on Key State and Federal Issues
A big "thank-you" goes to Lynn Breedlove, WI Long-Term Care Coalition Co-Chair, and Forbes McIntosh, Government Policy Solutions, for their informative presentations at the recent Alliance Meeting in Madison.
Lynn was up first, with his comprehensive look at "The Next Big Challenge: Protecting Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act." Check out this presentation to learn about the impact of proposed changes on older adults, people with disabilities - and the direct care workers who support them. Suggested actions steps and contact info for Wisconsin's State and U.S. Congressional Leaders offered guidance on what to do next.
Forbes, who also leads the Alliance's Legislative Committee, provided "The Legislative Update" covering Wisconsin's political climate, trends, the Governor's proposed 2017-19 State Budget and the Wisconsin Budget process. His presentation highlighted the long-term care workforce crisis and shared details from the 2016 survey conducted by a coalition of LTC providers.
As the State Budget moves ahead through the process, both presentations serve as a source of knowledge - and inspiration - to all of us. Thank you, Lynn Breedlove and Forbes McIntosh!
Advocacy Events, State Joint Finance Committee Hearings and Other Events
We encourage members to participate in the advocacy events, budget hearings and other events happening this spring. Stay current on opportunities for advocacy by checking this website periodically and by visiting our Facebook Page.
WI Legislature Joint Finance Committee Public Hearings (completed by Friday, April 21):
- Monday, April 3 - UW-Platteville, Platteville
- Wednesday, April 5 - State Fair Park, Milwaukee
- Friday, April 7 - Berlin High School, Berlin
- Tuesday, April 18 - Spooner High School, Spooner
- Wednesday, April 19 - Ellsworth High School, Ellsworth
- Friday, April 21 - Marinette High School, Marinette
Advocacy and Budget Events:
2017 Aging Advocacy Day, May 17 - Wisconsin Aging Advocacy Network (WAAN)
Join us to learn more about state budget issues impacting older adults (transportation, Dementia Care Specialist program, healthy aging grants, and more), develop new skills, connect with other advocates and take the Wisconsin Aging Advocacy Network (WAAN) message directly to your state legislators!
To register go to: https://wiha.wufoo.com/forms/aging-advocacy-day-2017/.
2017 WALA Legislative Day, March 22 - WI Assisted Living Assn
This exciting and informative day provided an opportunity for WALA members to discuss concerns and to advocate for assisted living with state senators and representatives. WALA helped lay the ground work for discussions by having guest speakers on where policies are sitting currently at the state level. [Event has occurred]
Disability Advocacy Day, March 21 - Survival Coalition
Consumers, advocates and other stakeholders will shared concerns about the workforce shortage crisis and other issues with legislators on Disability Advocacy Day, March 21. [Event has occurred]
Meet Randy Wilkins, Recipient of an Alliance 2016 Caregiver "Spotlight" Award!iving Award!
In making this nomination, Julie Nichols-Younes of Options for Community Living speaks movingly of "31 years of loving Darwin."
"I would like to nominate Randy Wilkins for a spotlight individual caregiver award. But first, let me introduce you to Darwin ... Randy became part of the team that was tasked with helping Darwin reclaim his place in the community, and he has never looked back. For thirty-one years Randy has worked tirelessly to help Darwin make up for the years he lost in the institution ..." For the story of Randy and Darwin, read on ...