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 sends Joint Finance Committee and Legislature recommendations on Legislative Fiscal Bureau budget papers for DHS

Survival Coalition has reviewed the Legislative Fiscal Bureau budget papers for DHS and recommends the committee support the alternatives outlines in full document. Please see full document.

Survival Coalition Disappointed with Lack of Funding for Students with Disabilities

The Survival Coalition of Wisconsin Disability Organizations is disappointed that the Republican members of the Joint Finance Committee are ignoring the needs of students with disabilities and the clear message from families and schools that a 30% reimbursement rate is not adequate to meet the needs of students and keep pace with more than a decade of flat funding to special education supports.

Based upon hundreds of family stories from across the state, Survival sees that the need is clear and overdue.  The current proposal is 1/6 of what the Governor requested, and does not even provide 1/3 of the costs of the special education, pushing the majority of expenses back on local districts. Read full press release.

Joint Finance Committee to take action on Special Education Budget

The Joint Finance Committee will take action on the Special Education Budget on Thursday, May 23rd.  The Survival Coalition is releasing a report that was prepared and delivered to Joint Finance at the Green Bay Hearing.  Families provided their stories to show why additional funding is needed for special education in Wisconsin public schools. You can link to the stories HERE

 Survival also asks that you take action before Thursday to contact your legislators:

ACTION ALERT: CONTACT YOUR LEGISLATOR NOW– Joint Finance Votes on Special Education Funding Thursday, May 23.

  •  Special education funding has not increased across Wisconsin in the last decade and parents are reporting the impact on their children with disabilities.
  • Governor Evers’ proposed state budget calls for a significant increase in special education funding to stop the $2 billion shortfall for school districts across Wisconsin.
  • Joint Finance to consider three options; A. the Governor’s Recommendation; B. an increase of only 1% a year for the next 10 years, or C. an increase of 5.5% increase over the next two years.  This is between 91% and 75% less than the Governor’s recommendations.
  • The Governor’s proposal would increase that reimbursement to 60% by 2021 and meets the 65% increases in costs over the last decade.
  • Funding provides more money for all kids in public school.

Contact Your Legislator today and tell them you support the Governor’s Budget Recommendation-Option A-  $600 million and NOT the alternative options B and C.     Kids with disabilities will continue to be in crisis without the $600 million in funding.  Now is the time to invest in ALL students.

 To find your legislator :

Survival Coalition is disappointed in the Joint Finance Committee’s decision to remove Medicaid expansion from the State Budget.

This decision jeopardizes critical funding for services people with disabilities, older adult, and caregivers rely on.

Survival Coalition of Wisconsin Disability Organization members have consistently supported Medicaid expansion; many people with disabilities, older adults, family caregivers, and almost 30% of the homecare workforce are in BadgerCare. Read press release

Critical investments for people with disabilities funded with Medicaid Expansion Savings



URGENT ACTION before Thurs. May 9 th at 10am

On Thursday, May 9th, the Joint Finance Committee plans to remove Medicaid expansion from the

budget. This put many issues for people with disabilities in jeopardy. These are several important items

in the budget that may not go forward:

  • Wage increases for direct care workers in Family Care
  • Wage increases for personal care workers
  • Increased reimbursements for dentists, including those that serve people with physical and developmental disabilities
  • Funds to Serve the 1000+ children currently waiting to access the children’s long-term services and supports waiver
  • Increased funding for mental health and crisis services and supports
  • Funding for Lead Exposure and poisoning prevention

Survival Coalition asks you to make four calls. Contact the Co-Chairs of the Joint Finance Committee

and your two legislators.

Senator Alberta Darling, 608-266-5830 and Representative John Nygren, 608-266-2343 and Find your Legislator at

Ask them to:

Invest in programs and services critical to people with disabilities and older adults by including the

Medicaid Expansion in the Budget.

If you want more information on Medicaid Expansion, check out this link to the Press Conference