February 5, 2016

Wisconsin Care Legislative Package

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Wisconsin Cares Package Passes Committee on Mental Health Reform

On Monday, I joined my colleagues on the Assembly Mental Health Reform Committee to approve the Wisconsin Cares Legislative Package. These 10 bills are the culmination of months of work by the Speaker’s Task Force on Alzheimer’s and Dementia and now move forward in the legislative process.

I would like to thank all members of the Mental Health Reform Committee as well as the Speaker’s Task Force on Alzheimer’s and Dementia for all the work that has been done on these bills. Alzheimer’s and dementia affect hundreds of thousands of Wisconsinites every day and these bills are a step in the right direction for patients and caregivers.

The Wisconsin Cares Legislative Package addresses a number of concerns that were brought up during the Speaker’s Task Force on Alzheimer’s and Dementia’s travels throughout the state. Training for caregivers, increased funding for respite care, additional Dementia Care Specialists, and UW research funding are just a few items addressed in this package.

I am proud to have voted for all 10 of these bills in committee today and I look forward to the next step in the legislative process. All of the bills passed the Assembly Committee on Mental Health Reform with bipartisan support and are now ready to be scheduled for a vote on the Assembly floor. Hopefully, these bills will be on the governor’s desk by the end of this legislative session. The Wisconsin Cares Legislative Package enjoys a wide range of support from groups throughout Wisconsin including the Alzheimer's Association, the Alzheimer's and Dementia Alliance of  Wisconsin, and AARP.

Olympian Misty Hyman Visits Neenah

Last Saturday, I introduced Olympic Gold Medalist Misty Hyman to Neenah on behalf of the 55th Assembly District and the state of Wisconsin. Hyman spoke at the Shattuck Middle School Auditorium and shared her uplifting story with those in attendance.

I’m proud to have been able to welcome such an accomplished individual to our community. Misty had an amazing story to tell and I am glad she came to Neenah to share it with us.

Hyman has won 13 U.S. titles and five NCAA swimming titles in her career, along with a gold medal in the 200m butterfly in the 2000 Sydney Olympics. She shared her inspiring journey from childhood to becoming an Olympian. Hyman also discussed the many obstacles she overcame on her way to winning an Olympic gold and how everyone has the opportunity to achieve great things in their own lives.

Not many people are given the opportunity to meet an Olympian. I hope the kids and everyone in the audience took to heart Misty’s story of perseverance and will use it as a way to overcome obstacles in their own lives.

Olympic Gold Medalist Misty Hyman

Coffee with Rep. Rohrkaste

When : Monday, February 8, from 7:30 - 8:30 AM

Where: Shellattes, 330 North Commercial Street, Neenah

Thanks for Visiting!

Thanks to Cathy Sandeen, Chancellor of UW Colleges & Extension for visiting


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