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Contact: State Representative Mike Rohrkaste                                                                                (608) 266-5719

Wisconsin Cares Legislation Signed by Governor

Madison, WI – Today, State Representative Mike Rohrkaste (R-Neenah) and the rest of the Speaker’s Task Force on Alzheimer’s and Dementia had three significant bills from the Wisconsin Cares Legislative Package signed into law by Governor Walker. Each bill will directly help those living with dementia and their caregivers.

“I want to thank all of my colleagues on the task force, as well as my colleagues in the Senate and Governor Walker for approving these bills,” said Rep. Rohrkaste. “This is a tremendous step forward in the fight against Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia in Wisconsin.”

Assembly Bill 787 will add $1 million to the Alzheimer’s Family and Caregiver Support Program (AFCSP) for respite care. This important program will also now be available to the Native American tribes in Wisconsin. Assembly Bill 790 will increase training grants to local mobile crisis teams by $250,000. These grants will help crisis teams train to become dementia-capable and therefore better able to respond to those living with dementia in crisis situations. Assembly Bill 786 requires the Department of Health Services to propose a pilot program for a more specialized dementia crisis unit and present that proposal to the appropriate committees in the legislature. This unit would serve those living with dementia who are in a crisis situation.

“We want those living with dementia and their caregivers to know that although there is currently no cure for dementia, there is still hope,” said Rohrkaste. “The task force and I are proud of what we accomplished this session and I look forward to further advancing this agenda in the future.”

These bills were signed into law today at Options for Independent Living in Green Bay.