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.


Date Set for Disability Advocacy Day 2015

Save the Date

Disability Advocacy Day, Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Monona Terrace, 1 John Nolen Dr.,  Madison, WI 

More information to be posted in January.

Support of H.R. 5098

Survival Coalition sends letter to DHS Secretary Kitty Rhoades to urge her support of H.R. 5098.

The bill, introduced by Representative Steve Daines (R-Montana) would delay the Affordable Care Act’s employer mandate for an additional year for Medicaid and Medicare dependent long-term care service providers. Read more

Survival Coalition Letter on CMS Home and Community Based Settings (HCBS)

Letter to the Department of Health Services regarding recent changes to the federal CMS Home and Community Based Settings (HCBS) administrative rule.

An INVITATION to Legislators and Staff: Walking Tour of Employers who Support a New Type of Employment for People with Significant Disabilities

An INVITATION to Legislators and Staff: Walking Tour of Employers who Support a New
Type of Employment for People with Significant Disabilities
Required RSVP by Monday August 25:
Beth Swedeen, WI Board for People with Developmental Disabilities
Who: Legislators and Staff
When: August 27, 10:30 a.m. to Noon
Where: Multiple employer locations within walking distance of the
capitol. Learn More…

Participate in DHS Home and Community Based Settings rule and waiver changes

Last week, the Department of Health Services had a stakeholder call in which they shared details of their 5-year transition plan to come into compliance with the new CMS rule on what constitutes home and community settings. DHS also shared details on changes it plans to submit in its Family Care waiver reapplications this fall.

Earlier this year, CMS published new regulations that changed the definition of home and community based service (HCBS) settings in its waivers. The regulations ensure that Medicaid long-term care programs provide full access to the benefits of community living and offer services in the most integrated settings. Every state must submit a 5-year plan that demonstrates how it will come into compliance by July 17, 2019, with the new HCBS definition

The Department is taking public input on both its waiver submissions and on its 5-year plan by September 2. Details on the DHS transition plan and the proposed Family Care waiver renewal, as well as information on how to submit your comments is available at:



There are 3 plans on the DHS website to comment on; 1 for the Family Care MA Home and Community Based Services Transition Plan, 2 for Family care Renewal applications. We are suggesting that people make their comments on the Transition Plan.

If you want to participate in the grassroots Take A Stand On The Plan effort to gather stories on what needs to change in Wisconsin’s long-term care system, please go to<> and click the “Submit Your Comments Here” button, which takes you to a tool in which you can answer questions to share your experiences and ideas.

New Wisconsin Plan Means Big and Better Changes for People with Disabilities. 30-Day Public Comment Starts July 30.

Wisconsin disability advocates are optimistic about a plan put out today by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) that could bring big changes to the way supports for people are provided and funded statewide. Read more…