Counties Urge Legislators to Take Aging & Disability Resource Center and Long-Term Care Changes Out of the Budget

5-6-2015 Resolution Map

County Board Supervisors across the state have expressed their opposition to a provision in Governor Walker’s proposed 2015-2017 biennial budget that would eliminate the current system of county-run Aging and Disability Resource Centers (ADRCs) by contracting out many of their functions and eliminating their local governing boards.

 

The ADRC of Eagle Country serving Crawford, Juneau, Richland and Sauk Counties announced that 35 County Boards across the state have passed resolutions requesting Wisconsin’s legislature oppose those changes. There are also 19 more Country Boards prepared to vote on such resolutions in May 2015. This is a representation of the citizens in 75% of the counties in Wisconsin. More than half of the resolutions passed have also included opposition to the proposed changes to eliminate the Include, Respect I Self-Direct (IRIS) Program and changing the Family Care program by replacing all eight existing regional, homegrown long term care (LTC) managed care organizations (MCOs) with statewide for-profit health insurance companies providing both health care and LTC services (using a no-bid process).

 

County Boards of Supervisors expressed opposition that this proposal was initiated without input from ADRCs, people served by ADRCs and long term care programs or their families, aging and disability advocates, local officials, provider agencies, the State Long Term Care Advisory Council or legislators.

 

County Boards of Supervisors stated the role of county government includes meeting the needs of its citizens. The ADRCs have become a nationally recognized model that provides a convenient and accessible one-stop information location for supporting seniors and persons with disabilities in their communities in making informed decisions regarding options available for meeting their needs and ways to preserve their personal funds for as long as possible, in order for them to maintain maximum independence and prevent or delay their need for public support.

 

The ADRCs are governed by the people they serve and attribute much of their success to community partners and local volunteers. Wisconsin’s ADRC customers are very satisfied with the services they receive. ADRC advocates say, “Let’s not try to fix something that isn’t broken.”

 

For more information on this issue, contact your local Aging & Disability Resource Center (ADRC).

 

 

 

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