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

URGENT –WE NEED YOU TO MAKE CALLS NOW TO SUPPORT FUNDING FOR STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES

Despite large crowds of families, school districts, and education advocates at state budget hearings testifying about the need for special education funding this spring, the Legislature’s Joint Finance Committee is only considering a small, if any increase at all in special education funding.

Currently the state is paying 29-30% of the costs to educate students with disabilities. Families say the pandemic has resulted in significant learning loss: 3 in 4 families are seeing skill regression; 2 in 3 are experiencing behavior challenges.

The state must do more. Make calls to the Joint Finance Budget committee TODAY and TOMORROW before their final votes Thursday morning to tell them they need to fund at least half of special education costs – or 50%.

Dial this number now and follow the easy steps to connect with each of the 16 Joint Finance members one after another. Calls just take 30 seconds or a 1 minute each. 608-315-5351

Here is a call-in action alert on this issue: https://actnow.io/uX4l4HI with more details.

Update May 18: 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 May 18, 2021 and can be accessed in detail here: https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/hcbs/data.htm#cases
Read full report.

Medicaid Expansion is Good Policy for People with Disabilities; Direct Care Workforce

Survival Coalition of Wisconsin Disability Organization members have consistently supported Medicaid expansion. Medicaid provides access to critical services for many people with disabilities which are not available at all or to the degree needed in private insurance. Expanding Medicaid eligibility to a more reasonable poverty level will not only provide vital, comprehensive and affordable health care benefits to many people with complex conditions and mental health needs who struggle to manage their health and keep working, but will also increase the hours that direct care workers can contribute to supporting people with disabilities, without fear of falling off the benefits cliff. Read full statement.

Survival Coalition Comments on Act 178 – Competitive Integrated Employment (CIE) Joint Plan 2022-2023

Survival Coalition supports the three outcome areas identified and the list of activities identified under each of the outcome areas.  However, Survival urges more specificity to measure progress and advance CIE goals as outlined below. Additionally, the current plan makes no reference to the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on the employment of people with disabilities, as well as the state provider network’s ability to recover and expand to meet the increased demand to attain CIE goals. We would like to see a specific set of activities targeted to pandemic recovery, including increased investments to support the increased need specifically for expanded job development and coaching.

Read all comments

Update May 11: 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 May 11, 2021 and can be accessed in detail here: https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/hcbs/data.htm#cases
Read full report.

Update May 4: 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 May 4, 2021 and can be accessed in detail here: https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/hcbs/data.htm#cases
Read full report.