Survival Coalition Wisconsin

The Survival Coalition of Wisconsin Disability Organizations is a cross-disability coalition of more than 40 state and local organizations and groups. For more than 20 years, Survival has been focused on changing and improving policies and practices that support people with disabilities of all ages to be full participants in community life.

Updates

Update March 2: COVID Cases and Deaths Among People with Disabilities and Older Adults in Wisconsin

(Madison) – The Survival Coalition of more than 30 disability organizations supports the work of the Wisconsin Department of Health Services and the Governor Evers’ administration to share regularly updated data regarding the impacts of COVID-19 in Wisconsin’s Medicaid Adult Home and Community-Based Services system.  People with disabilities and older adults, particularly those who live in congregate or group settings are particularly vulnerable to the virus. Wisconsin’s long-term care program enrollment is 77,432 or approximately 1.4% of the WI population but accounts for more than 1/6 of all state COVID-19 deaths.

Survival Coalition is sharing the Department’s updated data weekly.

The following data was published on March 2, 2021 and can be accessed in detail here: https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/hcbs/data.htm#cases
Read full report.

Update February 23: COVID Cases and Deaths Among People with Disabilities and Older Adults in Wisconsin

(Madison) – The Survival Coalition of more than 30 disability organizations supports the work of the Wisconsin Department of Health Services and the Governor Evers’ administration to share regularly updated data regarding the impacts of COVID-19 in Wisconsin’s Medicaid Adult Home and Community-Based Services system.  People with disabilities and older adults, particularly those who live in congregate or group settings are particularly vulnerable to the virus. Wisconsin’s long-term care program enrollment is 77,432 or approximately 1.4% of the WI population but accounts for more than 1/6 of all state COVID-19 deaths.

Survival Coalition is sharing the Department’s updated data weekly.

The following data was published on February 23, 2021 and can be accessed in detail here: https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/hcbs/data.htm#cases
Read Full Report.

Update February 16: COVID Cases and Deaths Among People with Disabilities and Older Adults in Wisconsin

(Madison) – The Survival Coalition of more than 30 disability organizations supports the work of the Wisconsin Department of Health Services and the Governor Evers’ administration to share regularly updated data regarding the impacts of COVID-19 in Wisconsin’s Medicaid Adult Home and Community-Based Services system.  People with disabilities and older adults, particularly those who live in congregate or group settings are particularly vulnerable to the virus. Wisconsin’s long-term care program enrollment is 77,432 or approximately 1.4% of the WI population but accounts for more than 1/6 of all state COVID-19 deaths.

Survival Coalition is sharing the Department’s updated data weekly.

The following data was published on February 16, 2021 and can be accessed in detail here: https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/hcbs/data.htm#cases
Read full report

SURVIVAL COALITION SUPPORTS GOVERNOR’S INVESTMENTS IN THE DISABILITY COMMUNITY

(MADISON) – The Wisconsin Survival Coalition of more than 25 disability organizations supports the investments in the state’s disability community outlined in Governor Tony Evers’ proposed biennial budget. We thank the Governor for listening to and incorporating the needs of people with disabilities and their families in this budget proposal.

Survival Coalition will continue to conduct an in-depth analysis of the Governor’s budget and will provide additional comments on provisions that impact people with disabilities in the weeks ahead.

In brief, Survival Coalition supports:

  • Various investments proposed to benefit family caregivers, including targeted family caregiver supports through Aging and Disability Resource Centers, an expansion of the Family Medical Leave Act provisions and improved hospital discharge instructions.
  • Investments in the direct care workforce, including transparent rate setting and rate increases to various provider types that hire direct care workers to help bring the profession to a living wage.
  • A commitment to children with significant disabilities to ensure that all eligible children are served and an enhanced investment in Birth to 3 programs. (We remain hopeful for a commitment to investment in Disability Resource Center for Children and Families.)
  • A focus on Medicaid improvements that expand access to BadgerCare, autism treatment and dental care access as well as personal care services.
  • Investments in mental health that include expanding the successful Opening Avenues to Reentry Success (OARS) program, the creation of a behavioral health treatment program for those who are deaf, hard of hearing, or deaf-blind and adoption of a telehealth parity law to ensure equitable access for those with private insurance. 
  • Funding to expand programs that support employment opportunities for people with disabilities through the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR), including youth through Project SEARCH and school transition programs.
  • Significant transportation investments that support non-drivers and those who rely on public transit and specialized transit in their communities and tribes.
  • Education investments to support students with disabilities, including significantly increasing the state’s special education funding support for local districts as well as mental health funding.
  • Voting improvements that include funding automatic voter registration.

  In addition to these items the Survival Coalition supports the Governor’s efforts to address disparities and equity issues that have worsened through the pandemic.

Most proposed budget items impacting the disability community  can be found in our Survival 2021-23 Executive Budget Proposal – Initial Summary document.

We look forward to working with the governor and legislature to find agreement and support for their constituents and all residents with disabilities in the state.

Registration Open for Disability Advocacy Day!

Disability Advocacy Day of Action!
Tuesday, March 23, 2021  10:00 am – 12:00pm
Virtually on Zoom
Registration Now!
https://p2a.co/0Kdd3jR

Disability Day of Action is a virtual event focused on connecting Disability Advocates with their legislators to talk about issues that matter to them. Attendees are expected to participate in the morning briefing and call their legislators in the afternoon.

AGENDA AT A GLANCE

10:00– 12:00   – Check in to the Zoom meeting
  – Briefing on issues                            
  – Learn how to use the Phone2Action System to call your legislator

Afternoon: Use the Phone2Action System to call your legislators!

AGENDA AT A GLANCE

10:00– 12:00   – Check in to the Zoom meeting
 – Briefing on issues                           
– Learn how to use the Phone2Action System to call your legislator

 Afternoon: Use the Phone2Action System to call your legislators!
 Register Now: https://p2a.co/0Kdd3jR

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Survival Coalition Supports Governor’s Proposals to Improve Conditions for Direct Care Workers, Family Caregivers

(Madison) – The Survival Coalition of more than 25 disability organizations commends Governor Evers for the proposals announced today to improve conditions for direct care workers and family caregivers in the state.

Survival Coalition specifically supports recommendations to enhance resources for family caregivers provided through Aging and Disability Resource Centers (ADRCs), proposals to raise rates to providers that are tied to increases in worker wages; efforts to ensure workers can afford and maintain essential benefits like health care and child care and other proposals that will reduce stress – financial and otherwise – on family caregivers. Read full statement.