January 25, 2015

Wisconsin Cares Press Conference

Click on the picture above to view a clip from the Task Force's Press Conference.

Unveiling of the Wisconsin Cares Package

Last week, the Speaker’s Task Force on Alzheimer’s and Dementia introduced ten, bipartisan bills to improve the care of those suffering from these diseases by providing community-based resources and education. Alzheimer’s is the 6th leading cause of death in America and the only one in the top ten that can’t be prevented, treated, or cured, according to the Alzheimer’s Association.

This is a serious long-term problem and we need some real solutions to help the growing number of Wisconsinites and their families coping with Alzheimer’s and dementia.  This legislative package is hopefully just the beginning of our efforts to ensure quality care while keeping costs under control.

The Wisconsin Cares legislative package includes the following policy initiatives:
• Investing $1 million in respite care
• Expanding the number of dementia care specialists
• Educating caregivers and employers about Alzheimer’s and dementia
• Increasing dementia training for mobile crisis teams

The legislation was developed using the input from experts, caregivers, state officials, and community members, many of who attended the six bipartisan task force hearings held around the state.

It’s important to recognize that Alzheimer’s and dementia already affect so many in Wisconsin and their reach is only expected to grow in the years ahead.  These bills take important steps to provide for those suffering from these terrible ailments and those who provide for their care.

These are the first recommendations from lawmakers and more policy initiatives may follow before the task force completes its work. The bills were released for co-sponsorship last week and received a public hearing in the Assembly Committee on Mental Health Reform today.

I want to thank the task force members and the hundreds of individuals who gave us important information and recommendations.  I am proud of the work that the task force has done on this issue.

For more information on the Task Force on Alzheimer’s and Dementia, go to http://legis.wisconsin.gov/2015/committees/assembly/ad/.



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