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Mental Health Care In Milwaukee Could Include New Emergency Center

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Milwaukee County is planning changes to its crisis mental health services, including a new mental health emergency center. WUWM talks with stakeholders about the proposed changes for emergency mental health care, including DRW’s Barbara Beckert. Listen in and read with WUWM’s Bubbler Talk here: Mental Health Care in Milwaukee County Could Include New Emergency Center.
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COVID-19 Vaccine Updates and Resources

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New Guidance on Eligibility for Vaccine The COVID-19 vaccine is being distributed to Wisconsin residents in a phased approach. The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) has provided clarification about who is considered “direct care personnel” and is eligible to receive the COVID vaccine now as part of the first phase, called “1a”. This updated definition includes paid and unpaid caregivers of children and adults enrolled in long term care programs. This is the updated definition…
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First DPI Statewide Release of Seclusion/Restraint Data

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Disability Rights Wisconsin played an instrumental role in last year’s improvements to Wisconsin law regulating restraint and seclusion in school.  The Department of Public Instruction has for the first time released statewide restraint and seclusion data as a result.  Joanne Juhnke, Advocacy Specialist in Special Education for DRW, spoke with WPR about the importance of reducing these dangerous emergency measures for students with disabilities: Elementary School Students, Students With Disabilities More Likely To Be Restrained…
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DRW Submits Comments to SDMAC’s Vaccine 1b Priority Plan

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After much careful consideration, DRW has completed its consideration of priority populations for 1b phase of COVID vaccinations. DRW strongly supports the Wisconsin’s State Disaster Medical Advisory Committee’s (SDMAC) decision to include members in Family Care and IRIS in the carefully considered priority plan for the next phase of COVID vaccine distribution. Further, DRW is very supportive of including individuals who are incarcerated. Read DRW’s comments for the reasons why.  
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New COVID-19 vaccine information resources

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DRW has some new resources to share to keep you informed about the COVID-19 vaccine. Our partners at the Wisconsin Board for People with Developmental Disabilities have published an excellent plain language information sheet about the COVID 19 vaccine.   Attorney Mitch Hagopian, Disability Rights Wisconsin, and Marcia Stickel, RN,Waisman Center, joined BPDD Living Well on this video to talk about the new COVID-19 vaccine.  The video addresses what the vaccine means, when we can…
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Virtual Session: Info and Input on DRW’s Mental Health Advocacy

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About Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Mental Illnesses (PAIMI) DRW’s Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Mental Illnesses (PAIMI) program provides advocacy assistance to protect the human and civil rights of children and adults with serious mental health conditions. This work is supported by a PAIMI Advisory Council, who advises DRW’s staff and the Board of Directors on policies and issues that affect people with mental illnesses and sets priorities for the Protection and…
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Watch PBS Wisconsin: Disability Rights in the Age of COVID-19

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Democratic Representative Jimmy Anderson and Barbara Beckert from Disability Rights Wisconsin discuss different challenges the COVID-19 pandemic has placed on Wisconsinites with disabilities.  
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FAQs about Children with Disabilities and COVID-19

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DRW has two Frequently Asked Questions handout relating to children with disabilities and COVID-19.  Get answers to your questions about masks in schools, remote learning and more. Children with Disabilities during COVID-19 FAQ Masks in Schools During COVID-19 FAQ
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DRW PAIMI Priorities survey

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The DRW PAIMI Advisory Council wants to hear from you about your suggested priorities for DRW’s mental health advocacy.  DRW’s PAIMI program provides advocacy assistance to protect the human and civil rights of children and adults with serious mental health conditions.  PAIMI stands for “Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Mental Illness”. DRW’s PAIMI advocacy is supported by a PAIMI Advisory Council. The Council helps DRW board of directors and staff set priorities for the…
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DRW Statement on Indefinitely Confined Voters

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(View this press release as a PDF or read the content below.) As the federally mandated protection and advocacy agency for Wisconsin, DRW provides education and assistance to people with disabilities to promote their full participation in the electoral process. During the 2020 elections, DRW has provided assistance to hundreds of Wisconsinites with disabilities and older adults, who wanted to safely and lawfully cast a ballot during the pandemic. This year, voting absentee was a…
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