This Just In from DRW October 21, 2012

Revision #3 to the 2013 CEX Budget Schedule - Monday, Oct 22 Meeting Cancelled

By Make It Work Milwaukee / Mental Health Task Force Update

Here is the updated county board budget schedule. A few things to note:

1. Calling all advocates: Turn out Monday, October 29, 2012 – 6:30 p.m. for the COUNTY BOARD PUBLIC HEARING on the County Executive’s 2013 Recommended Budget.

The hearing is at Bradley Pavilion of the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts 929 N. Water Street in Milwaukee. We need folks to speak about our priorities: reinvesting the dollars saved from downsizing institutional services to fund community mental health services, and improving medical and mental health care at the jail and house of corrections. It appears that transit and paratransit services are adequately funded in the budget- it may be helpful to have a few speakers share the importance of these services and thank the board for their support. Please let me know if you plan to attend the October 29th Public Hearing.

2. Many supervisors are holding meetings in their own districts to hear from their constituents about budget priorities.
I strongly recommend that you check with your supervisor’s office to find out if they are holding such meetings and to share your priorities. Most supervisors have email newsletters – if you are not on their email list, please ask to be added! A list of supervisors and contact info is attached.

3. “Unfinished Business” for Health & Human Services including BHD is up Tuesday afternoon from 1 – 5.

It is important to have advocates on hand to speak to amendments. I am in Madison so cannot attend. Please let me know if you are able to attend and be available to speak as needed. I will do my best to keep you posted about amendments that are relevant to our priorities.

4. As explained in the Make It Work Milwaukee position paper, we are very concerned about the proposed plan for inmate medical and mental health services (attached) and do not support the proposed plan.

In 2011, the Sheriff proposed a contract with Armor Correctional Services Inc. that was inadequate to the point of being irresponsible, according to the class action court-appointed medical monitor. The new proposal, from the same vendor, promises to meet the requirements of the consent decree, but violates the decree on its face by providing only roughly half the required RNs. The Armor-proposed 26 RNs is at least ten RNs below the minimum number that the medical monitor has indicated could be used on a trial basis. Key leadership positions, including the Director of Medical Services, Medical Administrator, psychiatrists, and the Social Work Supervisor, remain vacant and it appears little recent effort has been made to fill these positions. I believe this will be on the agenda Thursday afternoon. I have been working with others to provide supervisors with additional information related to these concerns.

Barbara Beckert, Milwaukee Office Director
DISABILITY RIGHTS WISCONSIN
6737 W. Washington St., Suite 3230 Milwaukee, WI 53214
414–773–4646 Ext 15 Voice
888 758–6049 TTY
414–773–4647 Fax
barbara.beckert@drwi.org

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