The Week in Review
Patients to Effective Care
Hello, I’m State Representative Jessie
It has been another busy week in Madison!
On Tuesday, I testified on a bill I authored with Representative Sanfelippo
that would create a pilot program to help hospitals across the state create
intensive care coordination programs.
In 2016, over 10,000 individuals in Wisconsin visited emergency room
departments seven or more times at an estimated cost of $50 million dollars.
Using the emergency room for primary care is a costly and inefficient use of
Medicaid dollars and puts a strain on hospital resources.
Intensive care coordination programs connect Medicaid patients who
frequently use the emergency room as their main source of healthcare with a
primary care physician and an intensive care coordinator.
Through this program, coordinators will connect these patients to a variety
of services and integrate additional needs including health literacy and
mental health services. Not only will these programs help patients receive
the one-on-one care they need, it will also lead to long-term cost savings
in the Medicaid program.
There will be a lot happening in the weeks ahead, so keep an eye out for the
next Rodriguez Recap.
Have a nice weekend!
Funding for Family Treatment Court
The Joint Finance Committee signed off on
legislation Thursday that provides $250,000 in grants to allow counties
across the state to create Family Drug Treatment Courts (FDTC).
Family Drug Treatment Court is a cost-effective alternative drug treatment
program that has yielded tremendous success in Milwaukee County helping 262
families since the program began. The FDTC primarily helps parents
struggling with sobriety and drug addiction. Many of the parents in the
program have had their children removed from the home. With help from
social workers, judges and attorneys, parents develop a plan to get sober
and be reunified with their child.
The Family Drug Treatment Court has helped many families in Milwaukee County
and by securing funding I am confident it will help more families in other
counties across the state facing similar challenges in addressing the drug
Thanks for Visiting
This week, student officers from around the
state traveled to Madison to meet with state legislators to discuss student
organizations. One of the students from Oak Creek is part of HOSA – Future
Health Professionals and we discussed her aspirations to get involved in the
health field after she goes to college.
Additionally, pharmacy students from Oak Creek and South Milwaukee stopped by as part of the
Pharmacy Society of Wisconsin legislative day. The students shared their
thoughts on legislative initiatives that will allow them to better serve
It was a pleasure meeting these determined students and I wish them well in
their future endeavors!