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Milwaukee County Mental Health Board approves new contract for inpatient care

Milwaukee Mental Health Complex
DRW has advocated for Milwaukee County to transition mental health services to a community based model, with increased funding for community services, and decreased reliance on institutional and inpatient care.  Yesterday, the Milwaukee County Mental Health Board approved an agreement to contract with Universal Health Services to provide inpatient care currently provided by the county.  This has the potential to significantly increase the funding available for community services.   DRW Milwaukee Office Director Barbara Beckert comments…
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Film Tells Story Of Disabilities In Hollywood

Director Jenni Gold, who uses a wheelchair, interviewed some of the biggest names in entertainment for her documentary "CinemAbility: The Art of Inclusion." (CinemAbility)
Taken from Disability Scoop A new documentary featuring a who’s who of Hollywood A-listers is delving into the history of how disabilities are portrayed on screen. The film “CinemAbility: The Art of Inclusion” analyzes how disability has been represented in movies and on television over the last 120 years, examining everything from silent films to modern-day blockbusters. Weighing in on the evolution are Ben Affleck, William H. Macy, Marlee Matlin, RJ Mitte, Jamie Foxx, Geena…
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Questions about Medicare Part D Annual Open Enrollment – DRW can help !

Are you an elderly or disabled Medicare beneficiary with questions about your Part D prescription drug benefit? Feeling overwhelmed? Disability Rights Wisconsin’s Medicare Part D Helpline is here to help – you may be able to save money on your Part D premium, deductible and co-pays. The Medicare annual open enrollment period starts October 15 to December 7. Answers and solutions start here. For free and unbiased assistance, you can call the Medicare Part D Helpline by dialing 1-800-926-4862.  
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Disability Drug Benefit Helpline Wins 2018 ACE Award

The ACE Awards honor and celebrate organizations that help older people and persons with disabilities stay healthy and independent. DRW’s Disability Drug Benefit Helpline was chosen to receive this award at the 2018 Aging & Disability Network Conference in the Wisconsin Dells. Accepting the award on behalf of DRW was Ginger Rogers, Medicare Part D Project Coordinator; she was joined by Denise Dable, Medicare Part D Advocacy Specialist; and Ryan Farrell, Supervising Attorney. To find out more about how…
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Denise Johnson to Receive the MMHTF Karen Avery Award

Denise Johnson to Receive the Milwaukee Mental Health Task Force

Karen Avery Award

September 11th at IndependenceFirst

The Milwaukee Mental Health Task Force (MHTF) is delighted to announce that Denise Johnson will be the fifth recipient of the Karen Avery Award. The award was established to honor Karen’s tremendous legacy as an advocate, mentor, peer, and leader in advancing the rights of people with disabilities, and supporting independence and power for people with disabilities. Karen was a leader in the Milwaukee Mental Health Task Force and a mentor to so many.  Click here to view a printable announcement.

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Emotional support animal debate comes to a boil at Racine’s lakeside condos

Tia Cao with her two dogs, which are certified emotional support animals.
RACINE — A lakefront condominium complex and its residents are grappling with seemingly conflicting federal and state laws regarding the hot-button debate surrounding assistance animals. Earlier this summer, John Miller, 49, and his girlfriend, Tia Cao, had two dogs living with them at Lakeshore Towers, 333 Lake Ave. The dogs, both Pomeranians weighing less than 10 pounds each, are certified emotional support animals, according to a document provided by Miller. However, Lakeshore has a strict…
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1 in 4 U.S. adults has a disability, CDC says

Centers for Disease control and prevention
New government research finds 61 million U.S. adults – about 1 in 4 Americans – have a disability that impacts a major part of their life. According to the report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the most common disability type, mobility, affects 1 in 7 adults. With age, disability becomes more common, affecting approximately 2 in 5 adults age 65 and older Read more about this story at CBS News.
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Wisconsin Program Offers Bike Rides to the Elderly, Disabled

Carolyn Brandeen rides in the front as Cathy Blackburn begins to pedal an electronically assisted three-wheeled bike during a training session in Janesville.
Trishaws are bringing the joys of bicycle riding to those who can no longer pedal. Losing the ability to walk on your own often means losing the ability to ride a bike for yourself, too. For the elderly who perhaps cannot eat or sleep well either, seeing nature on a bike path or feeling a fall air can make them feel young again Six members of the Janesville Velo Club recently learned how to pilot a trishaw,…
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Medicaid Expansion Leads to Higher Employment

A construction worker in a wheelchair
A new study found there is a higher rate of employment among people with disabilities in states where Medicaid has been expanded. People with disabilities are more likely to be employed in states where Medicaid coverage has been expanded as part of the Affordable Care Act. New research published Thursday in the American Journal of Public Health found the number of people who report not working due to their disability has decreased significantly in states where…
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Upcoming Elections Information Postcard

The word, "Vote" on Scrabble tiles
DRW and the Wisconsin Disability Voting Coalition work to support full participation of voters with disabilities in the electoral process, and educate the disability community about voting rights and access issues.  We have developed this postcard about the 2018 elections, coming up August 14 and November 6.  We need your help get the word out to the disability community with the Disability Vote Coalition Postcard.  You can share the PDF with your email list, or on social…
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