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Gramsci’s Dream

Gramsci’s Dream

A school of culture.

Sweet Water Academy

Is an “organ”
A “center”
W/in that Dream.

El Sueño de Gramsci

Una escuela de cultura.

Academia De Agua Dulce

Tiene como objetivo cosechar
Ese sueño.

Un organo.”

Un “centro”.

Una agencia.”

An O M G.!

Tiny Home Alliance

The vision of 5% of the world’s schools with tiny home/workshops/attached green house(th!)playground protoshops is what has inspired me to inviting some very, very resourced and authentic Olympian Mensch to become connectors in networks brainstorming and eventually, God willing, manifesting steps thtward this worthy vision, i.e. scale up by scaling out!

Here are some of my heroes who have agreed to talk about this stuff:

Roof System Restoration Networks

To Presidential Candidates 2020

I hope you and some of your teams will consider a visit to the Sweet Water Foundation’s Perry Ave Commons sometime this year. Perhaps on Juneteenth Day! Harvard Loeb Fellow and SWF Director Emmanuel Pratt’s woprk earned him a U.S. Green Building Council keynote speaker spot at their annual Green Schools Conference, at which he received a standing ovation.

Sparking a national conversation re Regenerative Neighborhood Development (RND)

With Fullbright Fellows

Brainstorm and Celebrate at the Thought Barn!

Danny Glover Keynote Juneteenth 2018

Please let me know if you would like to schedule a visit!

Grateful,

James J. Godsil, Co-founder, Board President
Sweet Water Foundation


Milwaukee Convention 2020

®Evolutionary Democratic Republican Liberrtarian Independent and Green Networks

The network is the organizational form of the 21st centiry.

The Hidden City Is The Holy City

The 2008 Utopian Vision Exceeded By “The MOST Magical Place In The World”(Anna Kunz*)

And this is just the beginning…(Emmanuel Pratt Juneteenth Day 2018)

Email Note To Pratt, February 3, 2008

The Hidden City Is The Holy City

Vivia, the iconic

charismatic

built-marvels.

Bringing the world

to the edge of…

Our hidden cities

Of hospitality

Of warmth

Of charm

Looking forward to
Doing some good and sacred
Bidness!


Sweet Water Community Guild School: Focus On Our Daughters

Brydie Godsil Wines, crew foreman on massive metal roof project in New Orleans…January 26, 2019.

Nation’s only slate/tile/copper/masonry/carpentry woman restoration artist artisan who I hope plays a role in the 30 to 50 year Restoration Guild Experiment

Brydie’s family knew she had special gifts empowering her to advance the good cause of women in the trades…ennobling and well-paying work that can’t be outsourced or robotized.

More pics here.


Sweet Water Academy

I have always aspired to advance charismatic communities over charismatic individuals. But at this stage in history, we humans seem to better enter the story of a charismatic community with a preliminary focus on the key heavy lifter(s) of that emerging miracle. For us…Big Dog, Big Bang Emmanuel Pratt.

We began our partnership with conversations, in the theory realm, about the importance of Schumacher’s “Small is Beautiful,” Andre Gorz’s notions of radical reform, Grace Lee Boggs’ American ®Evolution, and Dr. ML King’s beloved community construction. In the domain of practice, we focused on the path breaking work of Will Allen and his Growing Power team, Sharon and Jerry Adams’ Walnut Way, and Josh Fraundorf and Steve Lindner’s Sweet Water Organics. We imagined Emmanuel’s doctoral candidacy in urban planning and architecture at Columbia University involving a paradigm shifting construction of a “living dissertation” with a theory/practice involvement with three models of urban transformation: (l) a community model, i.e. Growing Power; (2) a neighborhood model, i.e. Walnut Way; and (3) a market model, i.e. Sweet Water Organics(SWO).. In collaboration with Community Roofing & Restoration’s Josh Fraundorf, who provided the money and social network to launch SWO, we intended to distill the best of these three models into a hybrid enterprise we came to call “The Academy” among our associates, the Sweet Water Foundation(SWF), for the wider community.

Pratt To Growing Power

Emmanuel arrived at Growing Power in the Fall/Winter of 2008.

Community Roofing’s Josh Fraundorf believed in my collaboration with Big WIll and Emmanuel, and assumed near complete responsibility for the company I founded in 1975 and which paid my bills over the years. Pratt and I explored Milwaukee’s urban ag scene in the same big old Community truck that we later used to haul tens of thousands of pounds of food waste from a Big Box Pic and Save store later on.

And we set up “fluid offices” at a number of locations, including what we called The Project House at 325 E. Euclid, where Pratt stayed and worked in his Milwaukee travels from his Chicago and Columbia University base.

When I introduced him to Big Will Allen (I served on the GP Board 2005 to 2009) I said, “Will, I would like to introduce you to who will become the Lebron James of Urban Agriculture.” I had told Will in 2005 that I would be John Stockton to his Karl Malone.

Will was quickly impressed with Pratt’s spirit force, but also with his skills in photography, film, and “information architecture.”

Will would come to call Emmanuel “Webster,” by virtue of his ability to harness the power of the internet, including creating WIl’s first power point.

“Webster” quickly became one of WIll’s key collaborators, most notably helping Will navigate the world of White House Farmer through Pratt’s relationship with Obama’s chef Sam Katz. Will was consulting with Emmanuel right up to the 15 minutes prior to entering the White House to meet the First Lady.

If you would like to sneak a peak at the images supporting my memory of this adventure, go to Professor Pratt’s:

Labor Power For the Sweet Water Big Bang

Growing Social and Cultural Capital

Living Dissertation Milwaukee Chapter

Pratt Dissertation II

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Sweet Water World of Wood At 3 Major Chicago Museums, Winter 2019

Sweet Water World of Wood

We can connect our visions of building and design experiments with young and old mentors/learners at a workshop in Chicago, Milwaukee, Mukwonago, and Reedsburg sometime before 2022, with our apprentices showing their work at the Calatrava…why not?
We have a grant from the Community Guild to pay for transportation to Chicago. Workshop costs to be bartered.

U of Chicago Smart Museum Chicago

Chicago Museum of Modern Art

Hyde Park Art Center

A Timber Framed Barn For Milwaukee?


Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival @ The Commons!

Sweet Water Foundation is excited to host the Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival’s Neighborhood Tour on Friday, January 18 at 1:30 pm.

Join us to watch international puppeteers, Poncili Creación and Gaspare Nasuto, bring stories to life in the Thought Barn.

Tickets are FREE, but registration is requested. Space is limited.

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Milwaukee Convention 2020

Human evolution is marked by the emergence of a special kind of social–cognitive process, unique to hominids: distributed cognition, performed in mind-sharing cultures. Human social groups are more cognitively complex than others, but, at the time of our emergence as a species, human social groups were not necessarily larger in population than their predecessors. The increased complexity of their cognitive system was inherent, not so much in group size, but in the nature of the cooperative, interactive social cognitive processes that apparently characterized species Homo from the outset.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5EOKOKp2QlM

Intersectional Identity Construction

Intersectionality

My granddaughters have shared important insights regarding our identity construction at the intersection of class, race, gender, neighborhood, family, and other aspects of our complex selves. I think this law professor may be a major originator of this useful concept. I hope my children and friends someday meet her if she visits Milwaukee Chicago Sweet Water Academy conference on Intersectionality over the next few years.

Kimberlé Williams Krenshaw

Construction, Design,and Growing Workshops at Norris Academy

Hopes that city, rural, and periurban citizen learners, young and old, will harvest the Norris Academy Castle’s space and turn it into a collaboration place.

Dave Mangin’s Paean To Wisconsin

Wisconsin is one of the richest locations in the world.

We are about halfway between the Equator and the North Pole, so we enjoy a bountiful growing season and a period of dormancy that allows a bank account of organics to accumulate in our soils.

We are located at the northern limits of the southern hardwood forests, the southern border of the northern conifers, the western edge of the eastern forests, and the eastern frontier of the Central Plains. As a result, we enjoy diverse fauna that accompany these ecotypes.

The glaciers that last receded about 13000 years ago left us with abundant topsoil and prime agricultural land.

Our forest resources maintain output and were expansive enough to build the city of Chicago twice, before and again after the great fire.

Our 15000 lakes serve as sources of food, water, sport, habitat, and livelihood.

Our rivers provide lush riparian corridors and connect us with trade routes to to both the East and Gulf Coasts.

Our mineral resources have been traded by Native Americans as far as Mexico, and continue to be sources of industry and controversy.

We sit on the shores of 1/5 of the world’s freshwater, held within the Great Lakes.

No resources are out of reach. Diverse ecotypes and landscapes are all within reach via bicycle.
We are centrally located in the lower 48, so we make a good location for distribution hubs.

For the human enterprises:

Our plains, hills, barrens, river valleys, lakes, and shorelines make for diverse landscapes, each with its own charm, and for a diversified economy with foundations in tourism, logging, agriculture, mining, fisheries, art, and trade.

Our long winters require stores of food, fuel, sturdy, well designed structures, and hearty souls. We have in our genes strong senses of independence, creativity, hard work, and hard play.

We have so far been buffered by some of the most severe effects of global warming. Our coastlines won’t flood. Warmer temps will not destroy us. More severe weather events can be buffered by water storage and planned resiliency.

We are buffered from economic peaks and valleys of the nation as a whole. We are no silicone valley, but our ingenuity, work ethic, and talent will always be in demand.

We tend to be politically centrist which makes us crucial in the political landscape. As we prove ourselves with Earth saving strategies and resilient communities and our grass roots movements demand integrity and genuine leadership from those in office, the rest of the nation will take notice.

Jesse Blom Provides Essays Re Aquaponics for STEM Education

“Implementation of Aquaponics in Education: An Assessment of Challenges, Solutions and Success”
https://scholarworks.umass.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=2255&context=theses

“Managing Expectations for Aquaponics in the Classroom: Enhancing Academic Learning and Teaching an Appreciation for Aquatic Resources”

https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/03632415.2014.966353?src=recsys&journalCode=ufsh20

“Fish in the Classroom: A Survey of the Use of Aquaponics in Education”

https://www.jhsph.edu/research/centers-and-institutes/johns-hopkins-center-for-a-livable-future/_pdf/research/fish-in-the-classroom-a-survey-of-the-use-of-aquaponics-in-education.pdf

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The World of Wood: The Sweet Water Way

Table of Contents

l. Visions

Our Daughters Working In The SWF World of Wood

2. Theories

3. Experiments

4. Feedback Loops

5. Partnerships


Conveyor of Food for We People


Intersectional Self Reliance Skills Development


Container for Building Materials


For Soups of Goodness


Chairs & Decks for South Side’s Backstreet Harvard


Tables, Chairs and Shelving for Thought Barns


For First Suppers


Bringing Comfort To Elder Talk and Youth Noosphere Exploration


For Use, Exhibitions, and Performances Beyond Perry: U of Chicago’s Smart Museum


Teachers Are Students, Students Are Teachers at The Thought Barn


21st Century Sweet Water Community Wood Apprentices Follow Safety Rules!

Multi Using My Bench of 1,000 Names

The World of Wood is part of a series Emmanuel Pratt inspired called

Wood Water Woke

To be continued


Indispensable prop and tool for your various performance arts and enterprise experiments

Making them and using them is good for your mental and physical health

Teaches Us How To Drill and Fasten

Fits In A Car

Strong and Comfortable

Workbench and play bench

Infinite do-it-yourself refinements

You can teach your friends to make them

Might even make and sell them to your family and friends for some pocket money or more

We’ll help

Somos una universidad, granja, taller, ágora … y un Tulpa de la Madre Tierra.

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Seeding An Old City Rainbow Restoration Guild in Lexington, Chicago, and Milwaukee

Dear Professor,

I hope you will join in a conversation advancing collaboration experiments with engaged professors, urban agrarians, restoration artisans, and artists, connecting the South Side of Chicago, North Sides of Milwaukee and Lexington.

Diverse Restoration “Guild” of Roofers, Carpenters, and Urban Farmers

“Wastes to resources” is the motto of the Sweet Water Foundation I, Josh Fraundorf, and Emmanuel Pratt co-founded in 2010.

Our old city housing stock, empty lots, and young and old lifetime learners are resources we hope to harvest with you and yours.


The Greenhouse Is A Carpentry Workshop

This 2 minute film which features our “partner” Danny Glover provides evidence of the possibilities of our hoped for collaboration with you and yours.

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/07/16/opinion/trump-and-putin-vs-america.html?action=click&module=Opinion&pgtype=Homepage


Executive Director Emmanuel Pratt Is A Harvard GSD Leob Fellow


Board President James Godsil Is a Fulbright Scholar & Restoration Roofer


Godsil Was a Nanosecond Body Guard for MLK Chicago 1966

Josh Fraundorf’s Restoration Firm Envisions
Adding African American Artisans to German
And Hispanic Custom Shops

Why not?

We are not afraid.
We shall overcome.

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Toward An Olde City Restoration Guild

South Side Chicago/North Side Milwaukee Initial Focus

Growing
Building
Cooking
Sharing
Performing
Healing
Alluring

Milwaukee Chicago Mondregon As One

Restoration Transformation
Radical [Re]Construction

Algorithmes

Dissertations Alive

New Schooling America

Why Not?

Possible Successors To Dr. Subra Mukherjee of Kolkata, West Bengal

Yash Kumbhat’s Stopwatch Group First Candidates.

Honoring Those Who Gave The Last Full Measure of Devotion by Building Bridges In Our Divided Cities

ABCDs SLN STEA+M AMDG

Asset Based “Chaordic” Development Sequencing, Social Learning Networks for Science, Technology, Engneering, Art, Agriculture, Agriculture, and Math, For the greater glory of God.

Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam(AMDG)

Jesuit Mantra

At the 200th anniversary celebration of St. Louis University High, my storied secondary school, Father Arturo Sosa, Superior General of the Jesuits, directly addressed, on a massive screen, the hundreds of people assembled. His basic message called upon us to build bridges in our divided cities.

Anyone interested in responding to this in a new way, please read this interview about the Sweet Water Foundation with Director Emmanuel Pratt, featured in the ​ARPA Journal* and consider joining in…not by offering money but by offering some time and outreach in whatever city you reside in. There are all kinds of young people across the nation(and even world) doing things like Sweet Water who could use some mentoring from young elders with high spirits.

http://www.arpajournal.net/harvesting-change/

Sweet Water Director Emmanuel Pratt re Building Bridges In Our Divided Cities

Emmanuel Pratt and Sweet Water team with eco priest Sean McDonnagh, key draft writer of Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si, at Dublin’s Irish Museum of Modern Art Sweet Water workshop.

Columbia University Journal of Applied Research Practices in Architecture interview with Emmanuel Pratt, with whom I co-founded the Sweet Water Foundation, harvesting the composted forms of value the transcended Sweet Water Organics.

​​ARPA Journal - Applied Research Practices in Architecture Journal is a public forum for debate based at the Columbia University Graduate School of … ​

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Peace of Mind

Pieces In my Own Voice

By Disability Rights Wisconsin, September 6, 2019

Families Moving Forward Presents
Pieces In my Own Voice
Written by Brenda Wesley

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October 5 History Tour

By Milwaukee Mental Health Task Force, September 6, 2019

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Mark your calendars for this town hall: Violence Is Not Normal., September 6, 2019

By Milwaukee Community Journal

Mark your calendars for this townhall on October 19, 2019: Violence Is Not Normal.

Violence Is Not Normal Town Hall Meeting October 19, 2019 - Milwaukee Community Journal

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URGENT: This MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 9: Final hearing of the Task Force on Suicide

By Milwaukee Mental Health Task Force, September 6, 2019

The final hearing of the Assembly Task Force on Suicide is this Monday.

The task force needs to hear from us about the role that Extreme Risk Protective Order (ERPO) laws can have in preventing suicides and saving lives, especially since the majority of firearm deaths in Wisconsin are suicides.

WHAT: Assembly Public Hearing, Speaker’s Task Force on Suicide Prevention
WHEN: Monday, September 9, 2019 at 12:00 pm
WHERE: Medical College of Wisconsin, Conference Room H1210, 8701 Watertown Plank Road, Wauwatosa, WI 53226

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September 10th Milwaukee Mental Health Task Force Meeting

By Milwaukee Mental Health Taskforce, September 6, 2019

Please join us for the Milwaukee Mental Health Task Force meeting, Tuesday, September 10th, from 3 – 5:00 PM at IndependenceFirst, 540 S. 1st St. We value your engagement and hope to see you Tuesday!
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Milwaukee County Psychiatric Crisis Redesign

By Milwaukee Mental Health Taskforce, September 6, 2019

Milwaukee County and the Mental Health Board are continuing to move forward with options redesign of psychiatric crisis services, along with outsourcing of Milwaukee County Behavioral Health inpatient care which is scheduled to be in place by July 2021. At last week’s Mental Health Board meeting, Board members heard presentations regarding the fiscal analysis of crisis redesign options and approved the creation of a negotiating team for crisis redesign.

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2020 Milwaukee County Budget Briefing Resources

Milwaukee Mental Health Task Force, September 6, 2019

2020 Milwaukee County Budget Briefing Resources

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An Interview with Robert Samuel Smith

By Patricia Obletz, Editor, August 14, 2019

The remarkable Robert Samuel Smith is the Harry G. John Professor at the Marquette University History Department; MU director of the Center for Urban Research, Teaching & Outreach. He also MCs events, moderates public panel discussions, facilitates community activist meetings; he serves on boards and committees, writes columns for local media and his first book is published; he single-parents his young son. He’s as easy-going and intriguing in the classroom and on the stage as he was one on one for this interview. He is a constructive influence on the march to justice, particularly in this State of Wisconsin hotbed of institutionalized racism. How did Robert S. Smith get from birth in 1969 to 2019? Click here to read the full interview with Rob.

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Overview of DHS 2019 -2021 Biennial Budget

By Milwaukee Mental Health Taskforce, August 14, 2019

Overview of DHS 2019 −2021 Biennial Budget

We continue to provide you with information about the 2019 - 2021 Biennial Budget, which is so important in funding services for people with mental illness and other disabilities, and older adults. Please click here to see the overview of the DHS budget provided by DHS Secretary Designee Andrea Palm earlier this week at a briefing for the Survival Coalition of Disability Organizations.

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Survival Coalition Call-in Days: what to keep, change, and add to the state budget for people with disabilities

By Milwaukee Mental Health Taskforce, June 17, 2019

The Joint Finance Committee has finished its work; the state budget must now be approved or amended further by the full State Senate and State Assembly. This is an important time to be in touch with your State Senator and Assembly Representative about your priorities for the state budget.

Survival Coalition is hosting call-in days this Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday for people with disabilities, family members and disability allies to call their state Senator and State Representative. The Legislature is scheduled to vote on the budget the week of June 24.

You can use the Legislative Hotline (1–800–362–9472) to connect directly with your state Senator and State Representative. For a full directory of state legislators, go to: http://wi-bpdd.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/19-20-Leg-Directory.doc

Let them know the good things that should be kept in the budget, what needs more funding, and what should be added to the budget:

Tuesday, June 18: Keep It In
Wednesday, June 19: We Need More
Thursday, June 20: Add What’s Missing

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Mental Health Task Force/ Make It Work Milwaukee Update - Let’s Talk Medicare

By Milwaukee Mental Health Taskforce, June 8, 2019

Let’s Talk Medicare

Medicare is an important program for many people with disabilities and older adults. Disability Rights Wisconsin and other area agencies are holding several sessions to provide an overview of the options and benefits offered through Medicare.

Please RSVP: (414) 289–6546 | county.milwaukee.gov/aging

See below for details.

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Milwaukee Mental Health Task Force – June 11th meeting

By Milwaukee Mental Health Task Force, June 18, 2019

Please join us for the Milwaukee Mental Health Task Force meeting:

Date: Tuesday, June 11
Time: 3 – 5:00 PM
Location: IndependenceFirst, 540 S. 1st St.

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Good News!

Milwaukee Mental Health Task Force, June 8, 2019

We have had two major, positive developments in the ROC Wisconsin Campaign:

1. Governor Evers has reached out to the Joint Finance Committee and has requested that they amend his budget request for Treatment Alternatives and Diversions (TAD). Instead of requesting a $1 million per year increase in TAD, he is now requesting a $4 million per year increase. There is still room to grow, but an additional $3 million will provide treatment alternatives to incarceration for a lot of people. We need to let Governor Evers know that we appreciate that he has heard us. And, we need to tell legislators to keep that increase, and maybe even raise it some more. 


2. The Governor has also, at last, appointed a new Chair for the Parole Commission. And, he has made a very good choice, Mr. John Tate II, of Racine. Our brothers and sisters in the Racine Interfaith Coalition know Mr. Tate (soon to be Chairman Tate) very well. He is someone who shares our hope for reform. We hope to meet with him soon, and we are hopeful that his appointment is very good news for many, many of the 3,000 people in our prison system who have served the time that the judge intended for them many years ago, and who have done all they can to prepare themselves to return to our communities.


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Join Congresswoman Moore for Listening Session at Kelly Senior Center This Saturday, May 18th

By Milwaukee Mental Health Task Force; May 14, 2019

Gwen Moore Invites Constituents to “Congressional Café”
District Listening Session in Milwaukee
Saturday, May 18, 2019

Gwen Moore Invita a sus Constituyentes a un “Café Congressional”
Sesiόn de Escucha en Milwaukee
Sabado 18 de mayo 2019

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Tuesday, May 7- Join us at the State Capitol: Press conference for MA Expansion

By Milwaukee Mental Health Task Force

The Milwaukee Mental Health Task Force is working with Disability Rights Wisconsin and our partners in the Survival Coalition of Disability Organizations to hold a press event at the Capital this Tuesday morning.

When: Tuesday, May 7 at 9:30 AM
Where: State Capitol, Madison – Room 330SW
What: People with disabilities, families and direct care workers sharing their stories about critical needs in the state budget

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Urgent local transit action this Wednesday, May 8 at 8:30 am

By Micah

WE NEED A STRONG MICAH SHOWING FOR A PRESS CONFERENCE ON TRANSIT ISSUES

WHEN? WEDNESDAY, MAY 8 at 8:30 a.m.

WHERE? In the MILWAUKEE COUNTY COURT HOUSE at 10th & STATE, in THE FIRST FLOOR ROTUNDA.

AND…IF YOU CAN, JOIN US AT THE MILWAUKEE COUNTY TRANSPORTATION, PUBLIC WORKS AND TRANSIT MEETING immediately following in Room 2021-B of the​ ​Court House for their meeting.

For more information call or email Joyce Ellwanger (414) 933–6157 joyce.ellwanger@gmail.com

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Youth Summit for Mental Health Month - Join us, bring a youth and share with your networks!

By Milwaukee Mental Health Task Force; April 26, 2019

May 4th from 12 - 3 pm

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Fri. 4/26/20: New York Magazine on Justice: Prison Is Torture. Voting Is Self-Defense.

By Zak Cheney-Rice

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RE-IMAGINING JUSTICE FOR WISCONSINITES WITH A MENTAL ILLNESS FORUM 4/29/19

By Milwaukee Mental Health Task Force

Monday, April 29, 2019
IndependenceFirst, 540 S. 1st St.
5:30 – 6:00 PM: Sign in and networking
6:00 – 7:30 PM: Forum

Pre-Registration is Required - Click here to register.

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Mobility Store Final Power Chair Giveaway on May 4, at 10 am

By Milwaukee Mental Health Task Force; April 26, 2019

Milwaukee, WI, April 3—IndependenceFirst, a Milwaukee-based nonprofit with a vision for full inclusion of people with disabilities, will be giving away power wheelchairs on Saturday, May 4th from 10 AM to 2 PM at NO COST on a first-come, first-served basis.

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Behavioral Health Capacity at Sixteenth Street Layton Clinic

By Mental Health Task Force Update; April 26, 2019

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ACLU of Wisconsin “Blueprint for Smart Justice” Report Released on April 12, 2019

By ACLU of Wisconsin; April 26, 2019

Wisconsin can cut incarceration in half and save hundreds of millions of dollars by pursuing reforms to different areas of the criminal legal system, according to an ACLU of Wisconsin “Blueprint for Smart Justice” report released on April 12, 2019. The report highlights opportunities such as reducing ‘crimeless’ or technical revocations of parole and other forms of supervised release — the imprisonment of an individual for violating a rule of supervision that generally does not involve a new crime. Crimeless revocation accounts for the highest percentage of new admissions to the growing Wisconsin prison population and results in about 3,000 prison admissions each year.

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#MeToo. What’s next? Training on April 4, 2019

By UltraViolet; April 1, 2019

With the explosion of #MeToo, survivors of sexual harassment and violence have been exposing a culture that enables abuse, especially in our workplaces. Have you been wondering what to do next?

Join UltraViolet staff for a one-hour training call, Thursday, April 4, at 6pm ET/3pm PT, to learn more about a brand new bill being introduced in Congress to curb workplace harassment—and what you can do to support it.

MaestroConference Registration

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Access to Health Care

By Southern Poverty Law Center; April 1, 2019

When Dr. Thomas Dobbs practiced in Hattiesburg, in southeast Mississippi, some patients drove almost four hours to see him.

The only thing worse than a drive of that length? Not making the trip at all.

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DCTS Information Memo 2019-01: Division of Care and Treatment Services 2018 Annual Report March 31, 2019

By Milwaukee Mental Health Task Force

We wanted to share with you this report from Wisconsin DHS Division of Care and Treatment Services, the state division which oversees mental health and substance abuse services. “The Division of Care and Treatment Services (DCTS) manages and supports seven care and treatment facilities, community mental health and substance use services, community forensic treatment services, and the protection of client rights for individuals receiving services for developmental disability, mental health, and substance use.”

Here is a link to the report.

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State Budget Updates - Milwaukee Budget Hearing is April 10th

By Milwaukee Mental Health Task Force; March 3, 2019

The state budget process is moving forward. We encourage you to take an active role and share your budget priorities with your legislators and with the Joint Finance Committee. The Milwaukee Mental Health Task Force will be sharing our budget priorities and talking points as a resource for your budget advocacy.

Joint Committee On Finance Hearing
10:00 am, Wednesday, April 10, 2019
Oak Creek Community Center
8580 South Howell Avenue
Oak Creek, WI 53154

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Challenging Inequalities: ERA Forum on April 6, 2019

By League of Women Voters of Milwaukee County; March 31, 2019

JOIN US AT A FREE PUBLIC ISSUES FORUM ON APRIL 6
Challenging Inequalities: An Update on the Equal Rights Amendment

Saturday, April 6, 2019
10:00 a.m.-Noon - 10:00 Gathering - 10:30 Program
Milwaukee Public Library Mitchell Street Branch
906 W. Historic Mitchell St. - Free and Open to the Public

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Thurs. 3/27/19: Promoting a New Direction for Youth Justice: Strategies to Fund a Community-Based Continuum of Care and Opportunity March 31, 2019

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Madison Action Day Exceeds Expectations

By Wisdom; March 31, 2019

About 750 WISDOM members from all parts of Wisconsin made a big impact in Madison on Tuesday!

Many thanks to those who traveled great distances, who spoke, who worked on logistics and who took many different leadership roles.

Madison Action Day was an amazing display of unity, of shared purpose and of the power of organized people!

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Help Children with Disabilities

By Milwaukee Mental Health Task Force; March 31, 2019

Governor Evers is proposing a 60% reimbursement rate for special education funding in his budget, up from the current 24.5%. This would invest $600 million state dollars into special education, reducing pressure on local districts that are currently providing most of the funding. Some legislative leaders do not believe this investment is necessary.

Please take the following very short survey and consider sharing a picture of your child/family so we can let legislators know how important it is to adequately fund special education. The Survival Coalition of Wisconsin Disability Organizations is collecting these stories to share with legislators.

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Suicide Prevention Task Force Members Announced

By Milwaukee Mental Health Task Force; March 31, 2019

Speaker Robin Vos (R-Rochester) is announcing the members of the Speaker’s Task Force on Suicide Prevention. The bipartisan task force will make policy recommendations to help reverse the trend of increasing suicide rates in the state. See the complete list of members here.

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BadgerCare Plus Promotion - March 2019 - Medicaid Tobacco Cessation Benefit Resources

By Milwaukee Mental Health Task Force; March 25, 2019

To kick off our BadgerCare Plus Promotion campaign, March will highlight the tobacco cessation benefit. Post these following resources on social media, at your organization, and in your newsletters to help promote BadgerCare Plus.

Did you know?

1. Wisconsin Medicaid/BadgerCare Plus offers no-cost tobacco cessation counseling and pharmacotherapy services to help people quit using tobacco products.

2. The smoking rate of adults enrolled in Medicaid is double that of the general population.

3. Coaching and medication, when used together, increase the success rate of quitting smoking by four-times!

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Celebrate Vera’s 58th Year of Fighting for Justice

By Vera; March 25, 2019

For 58 years, the Vera Institute of Justice has been a leader in the fight to secure equal justice, end mass incarceration, and strengthen families and communities in America. We are excited to celebrate the anniversary of our founding in 1961 and renew our commitment to pursuing justice for all.

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Tues. 3/19/19: After sitting vacant for 30 years, a former hospital is reborn as a resource center for the homeless

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End Prison Slavery Art Fundraiser this Saturday, 2-5 PM

By UWM; March 21, 2019

Date: Saturday, March 23, 2019
Time: 2 - 5 PM
Location: UW-Milwaukee Student Union, 2200 E. Kenwood, Room 240

IWOC-Milwaukee will host an education+fundraising event on Saturday, March 23, 2–5 pm. Come and go at any time.

More information is available on the facebook event.

For more information on prison conditions in Wisconsin and ways to join the fight against prison slavery see our website.

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Supreme Court Candidate Forum in Milwaukee - Tuesday, March 19th

By Milwaukee Mental Health Task Force; March 18, 2019

On Tuesday, March 19th, the Milwaukee Bar Association (MBA) is hosting a moderated forum to provide the Milwaukee community an opportunity to learn more about the two candidates running for the Wisconsin Supreme Court.

Location: Milwaukee Bar Association office at 747 North Broadway
Time: 12 PM - 1 PM
Bring Your Own Lunch
No Registration is Required.

This event is open to the general public and will be live streamed on WisconsinEye, https://wiseye.org/, and on the MBA’s Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/milwaukeebarassociation/

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Respite Resources Community Connection Event on March 28, 2019

By Milwaukee Mental Health Task Force; March 18, 2019

Respite Across the Lifespan Event

Date: March 28, 2019
Time: 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

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New Zealand attack shows white supremacy is global terrorist movement

By Southern Poverty Law Center; March 18, 2019

The atrocity in New Zealand shows us, once again, that we’re dealing with an international terrorist movement linked by a dangerous white supremacist ideology that’s metastasizing in the echo chambers of internet chat rooms and on social media networks.

This hatred is even being amplified by our own president, who speaks of an “invasion of our country.”

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Evers wants $8.1 million for Milwaukee Secure Detention Facility

By Wisconsin Justice Initiative, March 14, 2019

Gov. Tony Evers is proposing to spend $8.1 million to improve heating and ventilation at the Milwaukee Secure Detention Facility (MSDF), an indication that he won’t shut down the facility as its critics demand.

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Opinion: We should be outraged by Fox and its apologists March 14, 2019

By Jennifer Rubin

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Insights into Young People’s Mental Health - March 22

By Milwaukee Mental Health Task Force, March 14, 2019

Mental health issues of young people are drawing more attention. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, one in five adolescents has had a serious mental health challenge, such as depression and/or anxiety disorders, at some point in their life. In fact, half of all mental health problems begin by age 14. For young people with mental health disorders, early intervention and treatment can help lessen the impact on their lives.

To better understand the enormous and multiple needs of children and families and the interrelatedness of problems in the mental health domain, we are asking you to join us March 22nd on the campus of Marquette University for a morning of discussion of issues involving youth mental health.

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Candidate Evers asked for our support. Now, Governor Evers needs to keep his promises.

By WISDOM, March 14, 2019

In the course of his campaign for Governor last year, then-Candidate Tony Evers made a lot of promises about what he would do as Governor.

The Governor’s budget proposal comes up far short of the promises made by Candidate Evers less than a year ago.

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Trump administration’s illegal database in violation of the First Amendment

By Southern Poverty Law Center, March 14, 2019

We’re learning that the Trump administration is illegally targeting journalists, activists, and lawyers who are exposing its inhumane practices at the border.

This is a chilling violation of the First Amendment and an outrageous abuse of power by an out-of-control administration.

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The Last Hurrah? That’s up to WI GOP Legislators: An Interview with MPS Teachers and Administrators

By Patricia Obletz, Editor

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Update 3/9/19: Cops and No Counselors

By ACLU

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Sat. 3/9/19: Immoral and Unethical: Cops and No Counselors

By ACLU

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Fri. March 8, 2019: Opinion: Putin and other authoritarians’ corruption is a weapon — and a weakness

By David Petraeus and Sheldon Whitehouse

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Felony cases statewide continue steady upward trend

By Gretchen Schuldt, March 7, 2019

The number of felony cases opened in Circuit Court statewide continued its steady upward march last year, while the number of felony cases opened in Milwaukee County rose 5 percent, but still did not hit the total opened in the peak years of 2011 and 2012, according to state court statistics.

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March 12 Briefing on State Budget: Registration Now Open

By Disability Rights Wisconsin, March 7, 2019

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Meet the School Board Candidates on March 25, 2019

By MICAH, March 7, 2019

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Madison Action Day on March 26, 2019

By MICAH, March 7, 2019

Join over 1,000 WISDOM leaders and friends from across the state of Wisconsin at the State Capitol to advocate and educate our elected representatives about our issues in the proposed state budget – criminal justice reform, increases to public transit, drivers cards for those without documentation and more! Registration form, More information here

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Blackface: The Birth of An American Stereotype

By National Museum of African American History and Culture, March 7, 2019

Blackface: The Birth of An Amerian Stereotype

Blackface has been in the news lately. Earlier this month, Dr. Dwandalyn Reece, Curator of Music and Performing Arts at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, joined CBS This Morning to discuss its painful history in the U.S.

Blackface has a long and racist history in the U.S. It became popular in mid-1800s minstrel shows when white performers darkened their faces to depict African-Americans in prejudicial and offensive ways.

Read this blog post by the National Museum of African American History and Culture.

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Restoring Rights Panel at MAM on March 7

By Milwaukee Art Museum March 6, 2019

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Mon. 2/25/19: GOP: SAY YES!

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Madison Action Day on March 26, 2019

By Micah, February 25, 2019

Join over 1,000 WISDOM leaders and friends from across the state of Wisconsin at the State Capitol to advocate and educate our elected representatives about our issues in the proposed state budget – criminal justice reform, increases to public transit, drivers cards for those without documentation and more! Registration form, More information here

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Register NOW: Madison Day of Action

By WISDOM February 25, 2019

Click HERE to Register for Madison Action Day

Tuesday, March 26, 2019
Madison Masonic Center

301 Wisconsin Avenue, Madison

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Thurs. 2/21/19: Know the truth about GOP appointees.

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Upcoming Events in February and March

By Peace Action of Wisconsin February 25, 2019

We want to share some upcoming events with you for the rest of February and March.

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We look forward to seeing you.

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Transportation Call-In Day

By MICAH February 18, 2019

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Milwaukee Primary Election Day: Tuesday, February 19, 2019

By Disability Rights Wisconsin February 18, 2019

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Constitutional Consciousness Week: February 18-23

On Behalf of Marquette University

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Who Will Care for You: A Crisis in Care

By Disability Rights Wisconsin February 16, 2019

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February 12 Mental Health Task Force Meeting

By Milwaukee Mental Health Task Force February 10, 2019

Please join us for the Milwaukee Mental Health Task Force meeting, Tuesday, February 12, from 3 – 5:00 PM at IndependenceFirst, 540 S. 1st St. We value your input and hope to see you Tuesday!

Our agenda for February 12:

1. Milwaukee has a vibrant Hmong community. We are so pleased to welcome May Yer Thao, Wisconsin United Coalition of Mutual Assistance Association Board President, and Executive Director at Hmong Wisconsin Chamber of Commerce who will share her insights about Milwaukee’s Hmong community. She will help to guide us on to how to outreach to the community and provide services that are respectful, and culturally and linguistically informed.

2. What’s happening with medical and mental health services at the Milwaukee County Jail and House of Corrections? Milwaukee County will be moving to a new provider. This is a priority area for the Mental Health Task Force, as it impacts so many people with mental health needs. Attorney Pete Koneazny, Legal Aid Social, will update us.

3. Peer Delivered Services – Where Are We Now, Where Are We Going?

      We will hear from two experts:
     Shirley Drake,  Supervisor, Office of Consumer Affairs – Milwaukee County Behavioral Health Division
     Marie Perry, Supervisor CLASP Program/ Peer Specialist and Trainer

4. Election Update – Get out the Vote for the February 19th Election! Barbara Beckert, Disability Vote Coalition

5. Policy Updates

     * Crisis Redesign – Results of our Survey
     * Mental Health Board Updates
     * State Policy Update – Save the date for our March 12th briefing on the biennial budget.

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January 2019 MKEN Coverage Report

By MKEN February 2nd, 2019

Mental Health Task Force/ Make It Work Milwaukee Update

Thanks to Milwaukee Enrollment Network for sharing their January report on coverage under Medicaid and in the market place. Note that enrollment is decreasing in several programs, and 70% of people who are uninsured in Milwaukee County are employed.

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NAMI Peer-to-Peer Education Program

By NAMI February 2nd, 2019

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Thurs. 1/31/19 Could Black English Mean a Prison Sentence?

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Black History Month Opportunities

By MICAH January 27, 2019

Join MICAH for 2019 Black History Month Opportunities

Black History Prayer Breakfast

Celebrate National Black Lives Matter Week of Action

Leadership for Community Transformation

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Disability Advocacy Day Registration Open

On Behalf of Survival Coalition January 27, 2019

Registration is now open for Disability Advocacy Day, scheduled for Wednesday, March 20, in Madison. Disability Advocacy Day is a day-long event focused on connecting Self-Advocates with their legislators to talk about issues that matter to them, including Medicaid, mental health services, transportation, and more.

Two ways to register:

Online at: https://www.eri-wi.org/dad/
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Mass Supervision Study Released

By WISDOM January 22, 2019

A new report released today by the Justice Lab has found that Wisconsin has unusually high rates of community corrections supervision and reincarceration, adding considerably to the state’s prison populations and costing Wisconsin taxpayers millions annually.

Download the Full Report here, the Executive Summary here, and the Press Release here.

WISDOM and EXPO will present these findings, offer personal testimonies from those who experience these abuses, and strategize for change at events on Wednesday in Madison, Milwaukee and Eau Claire.

The Madison presentation of the report will be live-streamed by WisconsinEye:

Wednesday, January 23
10:00 am
wiseye.org/live

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Reminder - A Crisis in Care: A Community Conversation on January 23, 2019

By Milwaukee Mental Health Task Force January 22, 2019

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Milwaukee Pedestrian Plan Open House

By Milwaukee Pedestrian Plan January 19, 2019

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Mass Supervision Events

By WISDOM January 19, 2018

On Wednesday, January 23, Columbia University Justice Labs will release a very important report, called “Mass Supervision in Wisconsin.” WISDOM will hold three events on that day. At each event, the report will be presented, impacted individuals will speak about their lived experience of the system, and there will be an advocacy training, to begin to prepare ourselves to speak about this and other issues at budget hearings, and at our March 26 Madison Action Day.

The three January 23 events, to which all are invited for free, will be:

* 10:00 am, in Room 411 South of the State Capitol in Madison (this might also be covered by Wisconsin Eye)
* 5:00 pm, at the Wisconsin African-American Women’s Center, 3020 W. Vliet St., Milwaukee
* 5:00 pm, at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 421 S. Farwell, Eau Claire

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The Last Hurrah? That’s up to WI GOP Legislators: An Interview with MPS Teachers and Administrators

By Patricia Obletz, Editor January 13, 2019

Parents, teachers and students, as well as the future lose when children are unable to learn survival skills, such as creative thinking, the history of human beings, and life proficiencies, like preserving the environment, rather than polluting it. That’s why two Milwaukee Public School (MPS) teachers and two special needs supervisors talked to PeaceOfMind about their experiences at work since 2011, when Wisconsin turned red and began shortchanging public education while slashing corporate taxes in earnest since Act 10. And, as they point out, some of the systemic ills within MPS happened long before the current governor. *

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ADD MORE EVIDENCE-BASED SUCCESS TREATMENT CENTERS. NOT FEWER:

Time Is Running Out For Federally Funded Mental-Health Clinics

By Ilana Marcus January 4, 2019

An experimental mental-health and addiction treatment program that has shown early success in combating the opioid crisis is at risk of losing its federal funding.

An estimated 9,000 patients could lose access to medication-assisted treatment, and 3,000 clinic jobs could be lost if the funding is not renewed, according to the National Council for Behavioral Health. Some states may feel the impact as early as January, because clinics must give staff 60 to 90 days’ termination notice.

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Children’s Long-Term Support (CLTS) Community and Provider Forums – Please Share

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services is scheduling forums across the state to provide updates on the Children’s Long-Term Support Medicaid Waiver program – see below for details. The Children’s Long Term Support Waiver (CLTS) is a Medicaid program that provides supports to children with intellectual, developmental, physical or emotional disabilities. The program is designed to provide services and supports at home and in the community to children with disabilities or special needs. It is administered by counties.

  • The forums are being held because the Wisconsin DHS / CLTS Waiver is going to set statewide provider rates for most CLTS services. Right now each county waiver agency decides how much their local providers are paid. The federal government is requiring Wisconsin do this. The statewide rates are scheduled to start on January 1, 2019. The forums will also provide information about the Children’s Wait List initiative.

  • Registration is requested – see the notice below from DHS for more information and a link to register. We encourage you to register and attend so that DHS know that there is strong interest from the disability community. Here is a link to the schedule of the forums. https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/clts/forums.htm

  • The Milwaukee session will be held August 9th from 10 AM – 12:30 PM at the Best Western Plus Milwaukee Airport Hotel 5105 S. Howell Ave. Please help spread the word to Milwaukee area providers, advocates, and families who may want to attend.

  • Note that the forums are being held in 8 locations around the state, including in Pewaukee on August 14 – there are two forums in southeastern Wisconsin.

Additional Background Regarding CLTS Forums
The forums are being held because the CLTS Waiver is going to set statewide provider rates for most CLTS services. These rates will have a big impact on whether a child has access to a service. In some cases the rates may increase access because the new rates are higher than what counties are paying. In other cases the rates may be lower than what a county is paying, which then may make it harder to hire or retain workers. DHS will distribute a list of the proposed rates at the forums. If you go, you should try to find out what the rates are for the services your child is receiving now. That way you can tell DHS if you think the new rates will help or hurt your child.

Two issues have not yet been addressed by the information DHS has provided. First, there are several rates for two services, supportive home care and respite. The rate is higher if the child has greater care needs. DHS has not explained exactly how it will decide which rate a child can use. You should ask DHS about that issue at the forum. Second, there needs to be a process that families can use to get a higher rate if the proposed rate isn’t high enough to secure qualified providers. You should ask DHS what that process will look like and how people will be able to use it.

If you can’t attend any of the forums, but still want to submit written comments you can do that by email at the following email address:
DHSCLTSStakeholder@dhs.wisconsin.gov

Questions People Can Ask at Community Forums on Rate-Setting for the CLTS Waiver

Here is a list of questions that you might consider asking if you go to one of the forums.

Questions related to the “tiers” for Supportive Home Care and Respite

What information from the long-term care functional screen will be used to decide which “tier” a child may be placed in?

What kind of needs would a child have if be placed in the middle tier? In the highest tier?

Will a family be able to appeal if they do not agree with the tier the child has been placed in?

Will DHS provide more information on how the tiers are determined before it starts using this new rate structure?

When will more information be available?

Questions related to an “Exceptions” process

Will DHS introduce an “exceptions” process by which providers or parents can ask for a rate that is higher than the rate generally available for a particular service?

When will we get more information about that process?

How will people or providers know about that system?

If a request for a higher rate is denied, will the parents or provider be able to appeal?

What types of situations does DHS think will be likely to be covered by this “exceptions” process?

Provider shortage is a real problem throughout the state. Low wages are a big reason for that. Will the inability to find a provider be a reason to exceed the normal rate for a service?

What will families have to show in order to qualify for an exception based on inability to find a provider?

Will DHS provide more information on the exceptions process before it starts using this new rate structure?

When will more information be available?

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