ADRC of Eagle Country Presenting County Boards with Resolution

The following resolution will be presented to the County Boards within the region of the ADRC of Eagle Country on April 21, 2015.

RESOLUTION NO. ___ – 2015

OPPOSING THE PROPOSED CHANGES TO AGING AND DISABILITY RESOURCE CENTERS IN THE 2015-2017 GOVERNOR’S PROPOSED BUDGET AND REQUESTING THE
WISCONSIN LEGISLATURE TO OPPOSE THOSE CHANGES

WHEREAS, the 2015-2017 proposed governor’s budget would give authority to the Department of Health Services (DHS) to eliminate county-run Aging & Disability Resource Centers (ADRCs) by contracting out all of their functions;

WHEREAS, this upheaval was initiated without input from ADRCs, people receiving Long Term Care (LTC) services and/or their families, aging and disability advocates, local officials, the State Long Term Care Advisory Council, or legislators; and,

WHEREAS, with the elimination of ADRC Governing Boards and county-run ADRCs, a small Aging Unit with limited capacity would remain without a service point for persons with disabilities, and

WHEREAS, the ADRCs provide one-stop information, while in the proposed fragmented model, people will get shifted among entities and the most difficult situations will be left to county government without resources, and

WHEREAS, the role of county government includes meeting the needs of its citizens, and the ADRCs have become a nationally recognized model for supporting seniors and persons with disabilities in making informed decisions regarding their money and thereby delaying the need for public support, and

WHEREAS, ADRCs are locally accountable, accessible and utilize local resources that enhance the local economy, and as the central and sole provider, the ADRCs fill gaps in local service delivery for all citizens, and
WHEREAS, the current system of ADRCs and LTC programs have already produced the planned-for reforms, which have created huge savings for taxpayers while maintaining quality. The Medicaid portion of the budget decreased from 53% in 2002 to 43% in 2011 and the nursing home population decreased by 11,000 people thereby reducing nursing home costs, and

WHEREAS, the citizens of Wisconsin’s ADRCs are satisfied with the services offered, and that ADRCs are governed locally by the people they serve and the ADRCs attribute much of their success to community partners and local volunteers, and

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, by the ____ County Board of Supervisors, who met in regular session, that the State of Wisconsin should retain its existing successful and cost-effective model of ADRCs,

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that a copy of this resolution will be sent to the legislators serving the people of ____ County, the Wisconsin Counties Association, and the ADRC of Eagle Country and be submitted as testimony to the Joint Committee on Finance, with the request that they assist in this endeavor.

RESOLUTION NO. ___ – 2015
OPPOSING THE PROPOSED CHANGES TO AGING AND DISABILITY RESOURCE CENTERS IN THE GOVERNOR’S PROPOSED BUDGET AND REQUESTING THE
WISCONSIN LEGISLATURE TO OPPOSE THOSE CHANGES
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For consideration by the ___ County Board of Supervisors on ____, 2015.

Respectfully submitted,

____ COMMITTEE Or ____ BOARD

SIGNATURES

FISCAL NOTE: None.

MIS IMPACT: None.

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