FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                                                March 16, 2016
Contact: State Representative Mike Rohrkaste                                                                                     (608) 266-5719

Senate Approves Wisconsin Cares Legislation

 Madison, WI – State Representative Mike Rohrkaste (R-Neenah) applauds the Wisconsin State Senate for passing several bills from the Wisconsin Cares Alzheimer’s and Dementia Legislative Package. This package of bills was the culmination of months of work by the Speaker’s Task Force on Alzheimer’s and Dementia and seeks to help those living with dementia and their caregivers.

“I would like to thank my colleagues in the Senate for acknowledging the importance of this legislation,” said Rep. Rohrkaste. “These bills not only assist those living with dementia and the thousands of caregivers in our state, but raise awareness for these diseases.”

The bills passed yesterday will have a direct impact on thousands of Wisconsinites. Assembly Bill 787 will add $1 million to the Alzheimer’s Family and Caregiver Support Program for respite care.  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.  Assembly Bill 786 requires the Department of Health Services to propose a pilot program for a more specialized dementia crisis unit.  This unit would serve those living with dementia who are in a crisis situation.

“These bills will make a significant difference in the lives of those with dementia and their caregivers,” said Rep. Rohrkaste. “Currently, there is no cure for dementia, but we need to continue to make sure that people know there is help and that the Wisconsin Department of Health Services and Wisconsin’s Aging and Disability Resource Centers can be a resource to them.”

 All three bills passed the Senate unanimously and are now heading to Governor Walker for approval.