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This is the first of a couple of blogs surrounding Governor Walker’s proposed budget. I thought that I would start off with the biggest shock and the one that I am the most disheartened to learn about. It is the elimination of the IRIS program (Include, Respect, I Self Direct). We heard that there would be some changes in Family Care, but I don’t know if anybody saw this coming. This is most important to me as my son transitions from the Children’s Long Term Waiver to the Adult system this summer.
A school closes, keeps taxpayer dollars and leaves students and families to look for alternative education choices. The message of the program changes from offering an alternative to a better education to a program that is allowing choice, because there has been no evidence that the schools achieve higher test scores. The schools do not want to be compared to public schools using the same standards, in fact there are some that don’t feel they need to be held accountable at all. Yet there are those that think that this is the greatest thing since sliced bread and think the voucher program should be expanded.
I have written in the past about the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) Rule change when it comes to Home and Community Based Settings (HCBS) and how it relates to Medicaid funded services. Here is a short webinar on the current state of the rule change.
Here we go again. A new legislative session, a new push to pass the much discussed and extremely flawed Special Needs Voucher. Why do they continue to push this piece of legislation? They make no changes to it. Many Wisconsin families do not support it. I would think that there have got to be more pressing priorities in the State of Wisconsin then the Special Needs Voucher.
As the Milwaukee County Board finishes up their work on the 2015 Budget, I want to first acknowldege and appreciate the forward thinking when it comes to the GO (Growing Opportunities) Pass. This GO Pass would allow seniors and individuals with disabilities to ride the regular County Bus system for free. But unfortunately, not everybody is able to ride the regular bus system, this is why there is a para transit system.