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 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.

Survival Coalition memo to Joint Finance Committee – Teacher Licensure

Survival Coalition of Wisconsin Disability Organizations sends message to Joint Finance Committee regarding changes to teacher licensure that impact students with disabilities.


Dramatic change to Family Care, IRIS, and Wisconsin’s entire long-term care system will occur unless the Legislature changes the decisions made last week.
NOW is YOUR final opportunity to TAKE ACTION to change the state budget and convince legislators to keep vital supports in place.
The budget motion passed by Joint Finance last Wednesday:

  • Rolls IRIS under managed care instead of keeping it as a separate program.
  • Open up our managed care system to for-profit insurance with no specific caps on profits or administrative costs.
  • Does NOT provide guarantees on the same levels or types of services in our current Family Care/IRIS programs.
  • Enables all the changes in the Governor’s proposal to occur in the near future. The motion does NOT preserve the current program

Download Comparison of Governor’s LTC proposal and JFC LTC motion
People with disabilities, older adults in long term care, their families and caregivers, and their supporters from across the state are needed in Madison Tuesday, June 9 starting at 9:30 at the Madison Senior Center, 333 W. Mifflin St., to share their stories with legislators and the media about why Family Care and IRIS MUST be preserved. Press event: 10 a.m.; March to Capitol 10:30 a.m.

If you can attend, fill out this survey and share this notice with your networks. Once you register, we will get you specifics on the exact location to meet at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday. 
Your presence is critical in the last hours of our grassroots effort to keep the important programs in place that allow people with disabilities and older adults to remain in their homes and communities with dignity. Policymakers need to look people with disabilities and older adults in the eye and explain why so many changes have been made without our input and with no proof of cost savings or improved care.

Survival Coalition Comparison of Governor’s LTC proposal and JFC LTC motion

Survival Coalition analysis and comparison of Governor’s Long Term Care budget proposal and Joint Finance Committee Long Term Care budget motion.

Survival Coalition recommendations on Transportation to Joint Finance Committee.

The Survival Coalition is interested in budget matters related to transportation to ensure that the needs of our Wisconsin people with disabilities are addressed. Read letter.

Survival Coalition issues a press release in response to Joint Finance motion on Long Term Care.

The Joint Finance motion, which replaces the proposed changes in the biennial budget, does not maintain IRIS as a separate Medicaid program, although participants will be able to manage their budgets and hire their own workers with oversight from managed care. Read the press release.