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Dear Neighbor,

I am honored to represent you in the state capitol. Below, you will find updates from the capitol and around western Wisconsin. Please feel free to reach out to me with your legislative and state agency concerns. 

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I ask that you help share this newsletter with your friends and family. An informed community is a strong community, and I appreciate the opportunity to discuss our communities' concerns. 




- Sen. Patty Schachtner

Emergency Detentions

Last week, I joined Attorney General Josh Kaul for his summit on emergency mental health detentions. We had many fruitful conversations with law enforcement officers, mental health professionals, and other stakeholders from across the state. This is an issue that is directly impacting the people of our area and I was thrilled to see several of our counties represented at the summit.

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Across Northwestern Wisconsin, our law enforcement officers are responding to an increasing number of mental health emergencies. DHS currently requires that individuals in need of emergency detention be taken to the Winnebago Mental Health Institute in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Law enforcement in small communities are put under considerable strain attempting to deal with the significant travel and time away from other important duties.

I introduced Senate Bill 392 to require the Department of Health Services (DHS) to collaborate with hospitals to develop a grant program to establish regional mental health crisis centers for emergency detentions. I also authored Senate Bill 456 which increases the funding for law enforcement to participate in mental health crisis intervention team trainings. These bi-partisan proposal provide a few of many solutions to the mental health challenges facing Western Wisconsin and the entire state.


Protecting Domestic Violence Survivors

Domestic violence affects all of us. Anyone of any race, age, religion, or class can be a victim or perpetrator of domestic violence. It can be physical violence, threats or intimidation, financial deprivation, stalking, and more. It looks different across relationships and in the most severe cases, it can escalate to fatal harm.

Last year was the first time where rural areas experienced a greater percentage of domestic violence homicides than urban areas in Wisconsin.  Tragically, one thing that has not changed is that firearms remain the most common weapon used to kill an intimate partner. In 2018, 65% of domestic violence homicides were committed with a gun.

That’s why I am proud to be co-authoring bipartisan legislation with Senator Dale Kooyenga (R-Brookfield), Senate Bill 517, aimed at disarming convicted domestic abusers. Though current law prohibits a felon from possessing a firearm that does not extend to those convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence. This bill would correct that oversight and allow our current background check system to do what it is intended to do and support law enforcement in their efforts to keep survivors safe.

Read more about this legislation and its positive impact in my latest column.


National Family Caregivers Month

November is National Family Caregivers Month! It's a time to recognize the work and long hours that family caregivers put in for their loved ones. As a member of Wisconsin's Caregivers Task Force, I'm working to develop solutions that will support our state's caregivers - paid and unpaid- as well as protect the health and comfort of those in need of care.

I attended our second meeting last week and connected with stakeholders and experts that are providing their insights to our team. As we work on addressing the barriers facing our state’s caregivers, there are several statewide programs out there to support family caregivers through programming and education that can make their role more manageable. Contact your local Aging and Disability Resource center or visit for more!

Senate is in Session!

On Tuesday, November 5th we will be holding a full session of the State Senate and you can tune in to watch it live! You can find our full schedule here and watch along on WisconsinEye

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Get your 2019-2020 Blue Books

The 2019-2020 Blue Books are in! Our Blue Books are Wisconsin’s repository for all the information about our government, the legislative process, and pictures and biographies of current state elected officials. My office is happy to send them free of charge to residents of the 10th Senate District! All you need to do is fill out this form on my website and we will send you a copy.

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District Events

Mental Health First Aid Training in River Falls

November 5th and 7th; 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.

School District of River Falls

852 E Division St.

River Falls

 Mental Health First Aid is an internationally recognized evidence-based program that was created and is managed by the National Council for Behavioral Health. It is an eight-hour class that helps you identify, understand, and respond to signs of addiction and mental illnesses. You learn by engaging in the materials and relating what you learn to real-life situations. Role-playing, group discussions, and exercises keep you engaged and allow you to practice helping skills.


The course is for anyone who wants to learn how to provide initial help to someone who may be experiencing symptoms of mental illness or in crisis. The course gives people tools to help friends, family members, colleagues, or others in their community.


Forum on Hemp in Polk County

Thursday, November 7th; 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.

BrowTine Restaurant and Event Center

1361 100th St.


 The Polk County Economic Development Corporation is hosting a forum entitled, “Hemp and Its Regulations, Laws, and Best Practices in Wisconsin.” Anyone interested in gaining a better understanding of producing, marketing, and selling hemp or hemp-based products will gain valuable insights during this program.

Presentations will be made by:
Brian Kuhn from the WI Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection
Jeff Kemp, Polk County District Attorney
Dan Ruck, Vice President Frontier Ag & Turf

Please register to attend this program by emailing with name(s), email address, and business/org.



Hudson Holiday Craft & Vendor Show

November 9th and 10th; 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Hudson House Grand Hotel

1616 Crest View Dr.


 Don't miss our 4th Annual Holiday Craft & Vendor Show at the timeless Hudson House Grand Hotel! Two floors of holiday shopping at it's best - our shows are known for some of the most talented and unique crafters and vendors. Mark your calendars now - free coffee, cookies, prizes and a cash bar too!


Fall Craft and Gift Fair

Saturday, November 16th; 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Grantsburg Middle School

500 E James Ave.


 The 2nd annual Grantsburg Fall Craft and Gift Fair is hosted by Grantsburg Community Education.


Permit to Carry Course

Saturday, November 16th; 10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

West Wind Supper Club

709 N Main St.

River Falls

 You do NOT need to have taken Hunter's Safety or have any previous firearms training or experience to take this course, ALL are welcome.

This course will allow you to apply for (or renew) your MN Permit to Carry, allowing you to carry in 27 states. With this course you can also apply for (or renew) your FL Non-resident Permit to Carry, adding 7 additional states to carry in. This course will also allow for WI residents to apply for or renew any of the following permits: MN, WI, FL.

Chandler's will provide everything needed to complete this one day course. This will include: all required paperwork and applications, eye/ear protection, a target, the use of a handgun and ammo at no additional cost to you.

If you would like more information please call Chandler's Conceal & Carry at 612-787-2264 or register online at


Veterans Day with Milltown VFW Post 6856

Monday, November 11th

VFW Post 6856

1503 200th Ave.


 We will be celebrating Veterans Day November 11th. Bar will open at noon, dinner at 5pm with a program of speakers including Senator Patty Schachtner beginning at 6:30pm. Fireworks to follow the event.