RECENT ARTICLES AND INFORMATION
"Autism often diagnosed late, UW research shows", Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, April 16, 2013
"Milwaukee County audit confirms overpayments for disability rides", Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, April 16, 2013
"Wisconsin to pay $6.3 million more annually for LogistiCare replacement", Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, April 15, 2013
"State selects MTM to provide medical rides; LogistiCare secures rate bump", Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, April 12, 2013
"Botched ATF sting in Milwaukee ensnares brain-damaged man", Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, April 7, 2013
"Wisconsin's Family Care program sees cost of caring for average person decline", Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, April 7, 2013
RESEARCH STUDY: What Has Medicaid Managed Care Meant to Family Caregivers?
The Arc is conducting an important study on Medicaid Managed Care and Family Support in Arizona, North Carolina, Michigan and Wisconsin. We are currently looking for family caregivers to join the research study titled, What Has Medicaid Managed Care Meant to Family Caregivers? The goal of the study is to understand how the move from fee-for-service Medicaid to managed-care (Family Care in Wisconsin) is affecting families and family caregivers.
Family caregivers who take part in the study will complete a one-hour phone interview and receive a $25 Walmart gift card. To be able to take part in this study, participants must be the primary family caregiver of and adult son or daughter with an intellectual or developmental disability (I/DD), use Medicaid funded services provided through managed care, and live in Arizona, North Carolina, Michigan or Wisconsin. A summary of the research study is below. The study will be conducted by Heather Williamson, a doctoral student of public health at the University of South Florida. She has a strong background working with individuals with disabilities and their families as an occupational therapist and also as a program administrator.
Study Summary: Currently, Medicaid is the primary funding source for family support services and Medicaid is undergoing a transition from traditional fee-for-service to a managed care model in several states. In order to understand how the move from tradtional Medicaid to managed care has impacted family caregivers, semi-structured in-depth interviews will be completed with family caregivers (N=15) in four states. Research results will describe family caregiver experiences including changes to support services available to family caregivers, and economic/other impacts on the family's ability to care for their family member with a disability. The research study will assist The Arc public policy office in its outreach to policy makers and other stakeholders about ongoing family support needs.
If you feel you would be appropriate for this study, please contact Jim Hoegemeier of The Arc-Wisconsin at (877) 272-8400, ext. 2 (toll-free in WI) or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Milwaukee County Department of Health and Human Services recently announced their intention to close the Center for Independence and Development (formerly known as Hilltop) and the Rehabilitation Central Center and relocate residents to community residential settings. The Arc-Wisconsin supports and is assisting in the effort. Click here to see a copy of the initial report related to this effort.
U.S. Department of Labor, Wage and Hour Division, Administrator Interpretation Letter on: Clarification of the definition of "son of daughter" under Section 101(12) of the Family and Medical Leave Act as it applies to an individual 18 years of age or older and incapable of self-care because of mental or physical disability
Wisconsin Legislative Fiscal Bureau Informational Papers for 2013-15 State Budget
- Services for Persons With Developmental Disabilities;
- Medical Assistance and Related Programs;
- Vocational Rehabilitation
Wisconsin Legislative Reference Bureau Profile of the 2013 State Legislature
Department of Health Services 2013-15 Biennial Budget Request
2013 Issue Priorities for Wisconsin State Senators