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2014 Annual Meeting


March 24, 2015




NEW! "New Down syndrome center in Fox Point provides resources, support", Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, March 24, 2015

"Family Care changes could have big impact in Dane County", Wisconsin State Journal, March 22, 2015

"On Wisconsin: Mad City Badgers roll but are in search of more players", Wisconsin State Journal, March 22, 2015

"Long-term care advocates speak out on budget", The Post-Crescent, March 19, 2015

"Scott Walker budget would shake up long-term care programs; disability advocates concerned", The Cap Times, March 8, 2015

"Wisconsin cuts back on long-term institutional care for the disabled", The Cap Times, March 8, 2015

"State's move toward community supports follows national trend", The Cap Times, March 8, 2015

"Gov. Walker proposes overhaul of Wisconsin's long-term care program", Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, March 6, 2015

"Lawmakers have yet to scratch surface on Scott Walker budget changes", Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, February 24, 2015

"Rowheels: Reinventing the wheel(chair)", Wisconsin State Journal, February 22, 2015

Detailed Analysis of Governor Walker's Budget Proposal from the Survival Coalition

Governor Walker's budget proposal requires all counties to participate in Family Care by January 1, 2017, or upon federal government approval.

  • requires all counties to participate in Family Care by January 1, 2017, or upon federal government approval;
  • requires all Family Care managed care organizations (MCOs) to offer primary and acute care services to members (in addition to long-term care services), including self-directed care (the IRIS program would be eliminated);
  • provides Family Care members with a choice of MCOs in order to determine which best meets their needs;
  • regulates MCOs as insurance companies under the jurisdiction of the Office of the Commissioner of Insurance.

2015 Senate Bill 21 (Budget Proposal) Summary of Changes to Medicaid Long-Term Care Programs


The State of the States in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities: Emerging from the Great Recession, January, 2015


Future Planning: It's Possible and Necessary


Future planning is important for all families. Thinking about the future can be challenging and emotional. However, experience shows that adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) make a better transition from the family home when the family has planned for the future.


The Arc has created the Center for Future Planning to support and encourage adults with I/DD and their families to plan for the future. The Center's website (futureplanning.thearc.org) is the first step in achieving that goal.


The website provides reliable information and assistance to families and individuals with I/DD on areas such as person-centered planning, decision-making, housing options, financial planning, employment and daily activities, and making social connections. In addition, the website provides information to family members, friends, and professionals that support individuals with I/DD. The website also features stories of people and families who have created future plans or who are in the planning process.


Planning ahead can be difficult, but it's possible and necessary. You can learn more about the resources the Center for Future Planning provides at futureplanning.thearc.org. Please contact The Arc-Wisconsin or The Arc's national office at (202) 202-617-3268 for more help.


Informational Paper #42: Medical Assistance and Related Program, Wisconsin Legislative Fiscal Bureau, January 2015


Department of Health Services 2015-17 Budget Request, September 15, 2014