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.
Wisconsin Provider Survey Confirms Workforce Shortage is at Crisis Level
Long-Term Care Coalition Press Release - May 24, 2016
MADISON - According to a new report produced by a coalition of provider associations, Wisconsin's nursing homes and assisted living communities are facing a workforce shortage crisis.
The Long-Term Care Workforce Crisis: A 2016 Report is based on data collected from a survey of the members of the Wisconsin Health Care Association/Wisconsin Center for Assisted Living, LeadingAge Wisconsin, the Wisconsin Assisted Living Association, and the Residential Services Association.
The survey found that there are as many as 11,500 job openings in Long-Term Care. The inability of LTC providers to offer competitive wages is due in large part to their heavy reliance on Medicaid and Medicaid-waiver funding.
Download and read the full press release here.
Report Brought to You by the Long-Term Care Coalition. For more information, contact:
John Vander Meer - WHCA/WiCAL/608-257-0125
John Sauer - LeadingAge Wisconsin/608-255-7060
Sarah Bass - Wisconsin Assisted Living Association/608-288-0246
Dan Drury - RSA Wisconsin/414-332-8979
July Alliance Meeting: Need for Direct Care Workers + Workforce Shortage Crisis = Time to Advocate for Change!
Find out the latest on meetings with policy-makers, grassroots advocacy efforts, and ways you can get involved. Plan on attending the next Alliance meeting Wednesday, July 13, Noon to 3 pm, in Madison to discover opportunities for you to join the conversation with a growing coalition of provider associations.
This coalition is working to raise awareness among policymakers about Wisconsin’s caregiver workforce crisis and to identify a policy approach that will address this critical issue. In addition to our WI Long-Term Care Workforce Alliance, the Coalition includes: Wisconsin Health Care Association/Wisconsin Center for Assisted Living, LeadingAge Wisconsin, Wisconsin Assisted Living Association, Residential Services Association of Wisconsin and Wisconsin Personal Services Association.
Other upcoming dates for 2016 membership meetings are September 14 and December TBD. This last date for our Annual Meeting and Caregiver Awards Event may change - we will keep you posted.
Latest on Family Care/IRIS 2.0: Legislative Fiscal Bureau Releases Report to JFC, and DHS Addresses "Why 3 Zones?"
Legislative Fiscal Bureau Posts Report to Joint Finance Committee on Concept Paper
On May 27, the Legislative Fiscal Bureau (LFB) posted its recently released (5/26/16) report to members of the Joint Finance Committee (JFC) on the DHS Family Care/IRIS 2.0 Concept Paper. This LFB paper summarizes the long-term care changes outlined in Act 55 (2015-2017 Budget Act), analyzes the Family Care/IRIS 2.0 Concept Paper submitted to JFC on March 31, and provides JFC with several alternatives to consider if the committee wishes to consider the DHS proposal and take action on the Concept Paper.
Why 3 Zones?
Since the WI Department of Health Services (DHS) submitted the Family Care/IRIS 2.0 Concept Paper to the Joint Finance Committee on March 31, committee members, consumers, advocates and others have asked why the Department chose to have three separate administrative zones if Family Care/IRIS 2.0 is implemented statewide. DHS provides an explanation and additional information here.
Background on Family Care/IRIS 2.0:
The 2015-2017 State Budget, Act 55, directs the WI Department of Health Services to make a number of changes to the existing Family Care and IRIS Programs, including expansion to all counties. After public hearings last fall and preparation of a draft Concept Paper followed by hearings earlier this year, DHS submitted the final verson of the Family Care/IRIS 2.0 Concept Paper to the WI State Legislature's Joint Finance Committee on March 31, 2016. This Concept Paper will serve as the basis for the federal waiver request DHS anticipates submitting to the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services in the future.
See the DHS Family Care/IRIS 2.0 website for the final Concept Paper, the Supplement to the Concept Paper, an Overview of Changes to the Concept Pager, FAQs, and links to past reports, hearings and meetings.
Our Featured Caregiver Story This Month: Recipients of the Alliance’s 2015 Caring Together Award
Meet Stacy Lake, Joyce Long, Audrey Mills, Tiaka Turner, Darrina Williams and Veronica Wilson – Recipients of the Alliance’s 2015 “Caring Together” Award
This caregiving team works for Society’s Assets in Racine. Read on for the moving nominations from the team’s supervisor and the consumer the team helps.
"I am thrilled to nominate this great team of mine. They are well deserving of a little recognition as they are ALL unsung heroes, unassumingly and steadily allowing me to live independently and comfortably in my own home."