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.


Survival Coalition Hearing Testimony – The Milwaukee Parental Choice Program

Survival Coalition of Wisconsin Disability Organizations submitted testimony on the July 20th U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs Field Hearing on the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program.

FAQ: Long-Term Care State Budget Outcomes

Now that the budget has been signed into law, what does that mean for Family Care and IRIS? There will be changes to the way Family Care and IRIS operate. These changes will unfold over the course of the next two years. The shift to the new long term care system will happen after the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) approves a waiver–which will contain details on the kinds and levels of services offered and how the new program will run. Read More 

Survival Coalition Comments as Governor’s Action Initiates Unknown, Sweeping Changes to Long Term Care System

Yesterday Governor Walker signed into law a budget that will replace Wisconsin’s current long term care system with a new and untested model. The Governor vetoed out an important change made by the Joint Finance Committee: the veto gives DHS the authority to determine managed care regions with no minimum regions required, much like the Governor’s original proposal. This may open the door again for creating one statewide area or few regions, and set the stage for out-of-state for-profit insurance companies. Read More.

Survival Coalition Sends Veto Requests to Governor Walker

There are several areas of the budget that may result in negative or disproportional impacts to people with disabilities and their families, or are large scale changes in which Survival Coalition is not confident all the necessary technical and other fixes are included in the final budget bill. Read Request.

Survival Coalition Sends Comments to Legislature on the Impact of State Budget Bill on People with Disabilities

Since the introduction of the Governor’s budget in February, people with disabilities, their families, and advocates have raised many questions and concerns about the impact of the Governor’s proposed changes. Read Survival Coalition of Wisconsin Disability Organizations recommendations to Long Term Care, Children’s issues, Personal Care, BadgerCare Plus and Education. Select the issue to read more.

Survival Coalition of Wisconsin Disability Organizations Respond to Final Budget Votes

Today’s final budget votes by the Joint Finance Committee indicate their intent to keep significant changes to long-term care programs, Family Care and IRIS, largely in place, despite ongoing concerns by the public about for-profit entities running the long-term care system. Some changes were made in the final budget motion to improve public input and legislative involvement in next steps. Read more.