FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                                            February 18, 2016

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

Wisconsin Cares Package Passes Assembly

Madison, WI – Today, State Representative Mike Rohrkaste (R-Neenah) joined his colleagues in the Wisconsin State Assembly to pass 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 state Assembly for voting in favor of these bills,” said Rohrkaste. “The Wisconsin Cares Legislative Package will not only help those living with dementia, but will also help those providing care.”

The Wisconsin Cares Legislative Package addresses a number of concerns that those living with dementia and their caregivers face. Increased respite care, additional Dementia Care Specialists, dementia training for mobile crisis teams, and an increase in funding for the University of Wisconsin – Madison Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center are just a few of the items this package addresses.

“Anyone can be affected by Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia and it is imperative that we as a state recognize the challenge these diseases pose,” said Rohrkaste. “I have personally dealt with dementia in my own family and I want to make sure that my fellow Wisconsinites have the resources to fight this disease.”

The entire Wisconsin Cares Legislative Package, having unanimously pass the Assembly, now moves to the state Senate for public hearing.