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It was another controversial week in the Legislature as Republicans continue to insult the clerks, election administrators, our Wisconsin National Guard, and those who volunteered their time, by doubling down on their sham investigation. Wisconsin had a safe, secure, free election, and that has been proven time and again. You can read the latest on how Republicans are wasting taxpayer dollars here. Republicans also held a public hearing on their new gerrymandered maps, which are largely based on their old gerrymandered maps. The committee heard over 10 hours of testimony, all in opposition to the Republican maps, and in favor of Fair Maps.

 

I hope everyone has a safe and fun Halloween weekend! 

This update has a lot of helpful information to keep you up-to-date including:

  • Gov. Evers announces investments in mental health services
  • Request your 2021-2022 Wisconsin Blue Book today
  • Halloween dates and safety tips
  • Latest news on vaccine boosters
  • SSM Health Monroe Clinic flu and COVID-19 booster day
  • DATCP meat processing grant applications are now open
  • Opportunities to support Afghan resettlement in Wisconsin 
  • Grant program applications and upcoming deadlines
  • Senate Scholar application deadline
  • Veterans Resources and additional information!

I hope you find this information helpful and please don't hesitate to reach out to my office if you have any questions.

Sincerely,
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JON ERPENBACH
State Senator
27th District

 

Gov. Evers Announces $2 Million Investment to Support Mental and Behavioral Health Services for Underserved Wisconsinites 

Gov. Tony Evers announced a $2 million investment to support mental and behavioral health services for underserved communities, including Hmong and Southeast Asian Wisconsinites, through the Wisconsin United Coalition of Mutual Assistance Association, Inc. (WUCMAA). Today’s investment will enable WUCMAA to continue and expand its work statewide through its Project Resiliency initiative. 

 

WUCMAA is a nonprofit coalition of member organizations that works statewide to support community development in underserved populations. WUCMAA will be contracted to provide specific services, including increased communication regarding suicide prevention resources, creating dialogues and trainings around suicide and mental health needs, and adopting culturally responsible training and curriculum for health providers, as well as establishing a Hmong Mental Health Advisory Council and Statewide Hmong peer-run “warmline.”

 

“WUCMAA has been doing critically important work in communities across our state—especially as the past year and a half has been difficult for so many, particularly communities that have long been underserved,” said Gov. Evers. “I am glad today to join WUCMAA in this important work to expand the Project Resiliency initiative, combat the cycle of trauma, address disparities in health, and ensure Hmong and Southeast Asian communities have the resources and opportunity to recover from this pandemic and all the mental and behavioral health challenges that have come with it.”

 

Since arriving in the United States as political refugees nearly 50 years ago, Hmong communities have been an important population in Wisconsin with nearly 60,000 Hmong individuals across the state. Still, from higher rates of unemployment and poverty to discrimination and violence, Hmong people, especially younger populations, face significant challenges. The coronavirus pandemic acutely exacerbated these challenges for Hmong Wisconsinites, as they experienced a notable increase in racism and xenophobia that targeted Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities. According to WUCMAA, traumas predating the pandemic have been compounded by recent hateful rhetoric and actions, resulting in mental and behavioral health crises that have led to depression, anxiety, self-harm, and suicide in Hmong and Southeast Asian communities. In response, WUCMAA launched the Project Resiliency initiative to create a central hub of resources for Hmong and Southeast Asian mental and behavioral health for individuals, families, and providers.

 

“WUCMAA is thrilled to receive this funding to elevate and continue the important statewide mental health work of our member organizations,” said WUCMAA Interim Executive Director Mang Xiong. “We are grateful for the continued support and partnership with the Governor’s office and DHS to serve the needs of our Southeast Asian community in Wisconsin.”

 

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) will contract with WUCMAA to provide specific culturally sensitive services beyond the department’s capacity and expertise while providing periodic financial and programmatic reports to DHS. 

 


Wisconsin Blue Books are In!

The Wisconsin Blue Book is an excellent resource for those looking to learn about our state government. It includes biographies of elected officers and legislators, descriptions of state government agencies, statistics on everything from education to transportation, and plenty of other valuable information.

The featured article in this year's version of the Blue Book, "Dueling Governors" covers how the Wisconsin Supreme Court resolved the state's first political crisis. On January 7, 1856, not one but two men were sworn into office as governor of Wisconsin: William Barstow, the Democratic incumbent, and Coles Bashford, his Republican challenger. Both candidates claimed to be the rightful governor. In the weeks that followed, Wisconsinites nervously waited to see whether the standoff would end in civil strife. The 2021–22 feature article tells the story of this conflict, which culminated in a trial before the Wisconsin Supreme Court. “Dueling Governors” reveals how the court’s decision helped Wisconsin weather its first major political crisis and emerge stronger than before.

If you live in the 27th Senate District and would like a copy free of charge, please email me at Sen.Erpenbach@legis.wisconsin.gov.

Blue Books will only be sent upon request.


Halloween Dates and Safety Tips!

I'm sure plenty of families are excited for Halloween this weekend. A list of dates and times for trick-or-treating in South-Central Wisconsin can be found here. 

Whether you're trick-or-treating, chaperoning, or handing out candy, check out these safety tips and remember COVID precautions to avoid a COVID-19 scare.

Costume Safety

  • Choose costumes that are light-colored and more visible to motorists.
  • Use reflective tape to decorate costumes and candy bags to increase visibility of children to drivers. Reflective tape may be purchased at hardware, bicycle, or sporting goods stores.
  • Use make-up rather than a mask; if your child’s costume does include a mask, make sure it fits snugly and that the eyeholes are large enough to allow full vision.
  • Children should wear well-fitting, sturdy shoes.
  • Costumes should be short enough that a child will not trip and fall.
  • Choose costume accessories such as swords or knives that are made of soft and flexible material.
  • Costumes should be made of flame-retardant material.
  • Do not use novelty contacts such as “cat eyes” or “snake eyes.” 

Pedestrian Safety

  • Engage in Halloween activities during the daylight hours, if possible.
  • Do not enter homes or apartments without adult supervision.
  • Remind children to walk, not run, and to only cross streets at crosswalks.
  • Be sure your children are accompanied by a responsible adult who has a flashlight. Flashlights or chemical light sticks should be used so that children can see and be seen by motorists.

Halloween Home Safety

  • Remove obstacles from your lawn, porch, or steps if you are expecting trick-or-treaters.
  • Make sure your front porch is well-lit.
  • Avoid using candle-lit jack-o-lanterns if possible. If you do use candles, don’t place them near curtains, furnishings, or decorations. Move them off porches where children’s costumes may ignite.
  • Keep your pets in another room when you are expecting trick-or-treaters.
  • Small children should not carve pumpkins; instead, allow them to draw the designs on the pumpkin and adults may carve.
  • Turn on an outside light if welcoming trick-or-treaters. 

Treat Safety

  • Instruct children to wait until they are home to eat any candy.
  • Check candy and novelty toys for potential choking hazards.
  • Make sure packaging doesn't have any tears or tampering.
  • Throw away anything that looks suspicious.

Motorists

  • Slow down, especially in residential areas.
  • Watch for children darting out from parked cars.
  • Use child safety seats or seat belts when driving children around, and have children get out of cars on the curb side, not facing traffic.


*LATEST BOOSTER NEWS*

Wisconsin to Offer COVID-19 Moderna and Johnson & Johnson Vaccine Booster Doses

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) supports the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) recommendation that certain populations who have increased risk of exposure to or transmission of COVID-19 receive a booster shot of Moderna COVID-19 vaccine at least six months after having received their second dose of the Moderna vaccine, and that individuals age 18 and older who received the J & J COVID-19 vaccine receive a booster dose at least two months after their primary vaccine dose.

“With three COVID-19 booster dose options now available, our national medical experts have given us additional tools to help stop the spread of the highly transmissible Delta variant and slow the spread of COVID-19 in communities throughout Wisconsin,” said DHS Secretary-designee Karen Timberlake. “We ask that eligible Wisconsinites be patient as it may take time for everyone who needs a booster dose to get one.”

DHS continues to await publication of the CDC clinical guidance for Moderna and J&J booster doses. Once those are published, vaccinators in Wisconsin will be able to begin providing booster doses and ensure they are following the safest protocols.

The CDC also recommended that health care professionals be allowed to provide a different COVID-19 vaccine as a booster than the one initially received, providing flexibility to health care providers and additional options for individuals. This recommendation applies to all three COVID-19 vaccines currently available in the United States.

Moderna and Pfizer COVID-19 booster recommendation:

DHS recommends that the following populations receive a booster dose of Moderna or Pfizer at least six months after receiving their second dose of Moderna or Pfizer in order to further strengthen their immunity:

  • People 65 years and older
  • All residents in long-term care
  • People ages 18 and older with certain underlying medical conditions(link is external)
    • Cancer
    • Chronic kidney disease
    • Chronic lung diseases, including COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), asthma (moderate-to-severe), interstitial lung disease, cystic fibrosis, and pulmonary hypertension
    • Dementia or other neurological conditions
    • Diabetes (type 1 or type 2)
    • Down syndrome
    • Heart conditions (such as heart failure, coronary artery disease, cardiomyopathies or hypertension)
    • HIV infection
    • Immunocompromised state (weakened immune system)
    • Liver disease
    • Overweight and obesity
    • Pregnancy
    • Sickle cell disease or thalassemia
    • Smoking, current or former
    • Solid organ or blood stem cell transplant
    • Stroke or cerebrovascular disease, which affects blood flow to the brain
    • Substance use disorder
  • People ages 18 and older who are at increased risk for COVID-19 exposure and transmission because of their job or institutional settings. Occupations at increased risk for COVID-19 exposure and transmission include front line essential workers and health care workers:
    • First responders (health care workers, firefighters, police, staff at congregate care facilities)
    • Education staff (teachers, support staff, childcare workers)
    • Food and agriculture workers
    • Manufacturing workers
    • Corrections workers
    • U.S. Postal Service workers
    • Public transit workers
    • Grocery store workers
    • This list could be updated in the future

J & J booster dose recommendation:

DHS recommends that the following populations receive a booster dose of J & J vaccine at least 2 months after receiving their first dose in order to further strengthen their immunity:

  • People age 18 and older

“Booster doses are intended to help people who are vaccinated maintain the highest possible level of immune system protection for as long as possible,” said Dr. Ryan Westergaard, Chief Medical Officer for the Bureau of Communicable Diseases. “It’s important to remember that all the authorized COVID-19 vaccines offer strong protection after the primary series. Getting every eligible person vaccinated continues to be our most important strategy for preventing severe illness, hospitalization, and death.”

A booster dose serves a different purpose than the additional dose recommended for certain immunocompromised people in early August. The additional doses are for people with certain medical conditions or who are receiving certain treatments leaving them moderately or severely immunocompromised and who may not have built a strong enough immune response after their initial vaccine. In contrast, a ‘booster dose’ refers to another dose of a vaccine that is given to someone who built enough protection after their initial vaccination, but then that protection decreased over time—also referred to as waning immunity. Evidence suggests that immunity is waning over time for some people who were initially well-protected by the vaccine. For those people, a booster dose will strengthen and extend their protection against infection, serious illness, hospitalization, and death from COVID-19.

For additional information about booster doses, additional doses, and help accessing your COVID-19 vaccine record to determine when you may be recommended for a booster, visit the DHS Additional Doses and Booster Doses webpage.

With the high-level of disease transmission in Wisconsin, DHS continues to urge everyone who is not vaccinated to get the COVID-19 vaccine, and for all people to add additional layers of protection including masking up indoors, staying home when feeling sick, and avoiding large indoor gatherings.

To find a COVID-19 vaccine provider in your community, visit Vaccines.gov(link is external), or call 211 or 877-947-2211. For up-to-date information about Wisconsin’s COVID-19 response, visit the DHS COVID-19 webpage. You can also follow @DHSWI on Facebook(link is external)Twitter(link is external), or dhs.wi on Instagram(link is external) for more information on COVID-19.


SSM Health Monroe Clinic Medical Group to Offer Flu and Pfizer COVID-19 Boosters Saturday Nov. 6th

SSM Health Monroe Clinic Medical Group will be offering a special Saturday Flu & Pfizer COVID-19 Booster Clinic on Saturday, November 6. This will take place from 8am to 2pm in the St. Clare Conference Center on the Monroe campus. Flu shots are open to all ages and Pfizer COVID-19 Boosters are open to the following CDC approved groups:

  • People 65 years of age and older
  • Residents of long-term care and congregate living facilities
  • 18-64-year-olds with certain underlying medical conditions
  • Individuals whose occupations put them at high risk for exposure to
    COVID-19

Appointments are highly recommended. SSM Health Monroe patients should use their MyChart account to schedule. For those who do not have online access or who are not an SSM Health Monroe patient, should call 608-324-1815. This line is available Monday through Friday from 8am to 4:30pm.

For the flu shot, cash, check or credit/debit cards accepted, insurance may be billed for those patients who prefer it. Reminder that masks are required.

To see additional flu clinic dates, please visit www.monroeclinic.org/flu2021. For additional information about COVID-19 vaccines at SSM Health Monroe, please visit www.monroeclinic.org/coronavirus.


DATCP Meat Processor Grant Application Period Open Through January 14

The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) invites Wisconsin meat processors to apply for new meat processor grants through January 14, 2022. These grants were proposed by Governor Tony Evers in his 2021-23 biennial budget, and the funds were recently released by the Joint Finance Committee. The meat processing grant program aims to grow Wisconsin’s meat industry and improve the long-term viability of the state’s livestock industry.

“Even before the global pandemic there was a lot of need out there to modernize, expand, and enhance the capacity of our meat processing infrastructure,” said DATCP Secretary Randy Romanski. “The funding included in the Governor’s budget can be used to ease some of the supply chain bottlenecks and help our state’s already strong meat processing industry increase throughput.”

Eligible applicants must operate or intend to operate a DATCP or U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) licensed meat-processing establishment in Wisconsin and be engaged in livestock harvest or processing. Projects must increase harvest capacity or production. Funding from these grants can be used for operating expenses directly related to the grant project, including expenses for engineering, architectural design, construction, food safety consultation, equipment, and equipment installation.

DATCP will award grants for up to $50,000 for projects that are up to two years in duration and help expand capacity or increase throughput. Processors are required to provide a match of 100 percent of the grant amount. Recipients will be chosen through a competitive selection process.

Applications are due to DATCP Grants Manager Ryan Dunn at ryand.dunn@wisconsin.gov by 5 p.m. on Friday, January 14, 2022. Questions about the grant process can also be directed to Ryan. Grant recipients will be announced in February 2022. The grant application and materials are available at https://datcp.wi.gov/Pages/Growing_WI/MeatAndLivestockDevelopment.aspx.


Opportunities to Support Afghan Resettlement in Wisconsin

Wisconsin has started to resettle Afghan individuals across the state and will continue to do so over the coming months as part of Operation Allies Welcome. As these individuals arrive in their new communities and establish their homes, there are multiple opportunities for Wisconsinites to help welcome their new neighbors.

“Wisconsin has a long tradition of being one of the friendliest states in the Midwest,” said Department of Children and Families (DCF) Secretary Emilie Amundson. “I have no doubt that our communities will continue that tradition and welcome and support our Afghan allies with open arms.”

The individuals and families resettling in Wisconsin will come from military bases across the country and be primarily resettled in Madison, Milwaukee, Green Bay, Wausau, and the Fox Valley area. Upon arrival, local refugee resettlement agencies will assist the individuals in gaining access to housing, transportation, employment, and other benefits they are eligible for.

Given the influx of arrivals and lack of storage space, local agencies are in critical need of monetary donations to assist these individuals in building their new homes and lives. Wisconsinites interested in helping can donate to any of the six refugee resettlement agencies in Wisconsin:

DCF is working with Wisconsin Emergency Management and other state and local partners to identify storage space to assist refugee resettlement agencies in collecting material items such as mattresses, furniture, and appliances. Organizations and businesses that are near a resettlement area and interested in providing secured storage space can contact DCF’s Bureau of Refugee Programs.

To learn more about Wisconsin’s role in the refugee resettlement program and other ways you can help, visit DCF’s website.


Grant Programs Accepting Applications: 

 The following is information on grant and aid programs announced by Governor Tony Evers and funded by the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. These critical one-time investments provide a lifeline to Wisconsin communities and businesses to ensure a strong pandemic recovery.

 

*Neighborhood Investment Fund - Upcoming Deadline on Nov. 4*

The Neighborhood Investment Fund Grant program will provide $200 million in funding for significant projects that provide long-term benefits to communities while also addressing negative impacts from COVID-19.  The program places special emphasis on projects benefitting communities that have been disproportionately impacted by the pandemic, especially those in qualified census tracts.

The previously announced program will make it possible for municipalities across the state to invest in shovel-ready projects and support underserved individuals and communities. The program is funded through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) and will be administered by the Department of Administration.

Applications are open through November 4, 2021.

Additional information about the Neighborhood Investment Fund Grant program is available here: https://doa.wi.gov/Pages/NeighborhoodInvestment.aspx

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*Tourism Capital Grant Program - Applications Open Thru Nov. 12*

The Tourism Capital Grant Program will provide up to $10 million for local and Tribal governments and tourism-related nonprofits to invest in shovel-ready tourism-related capital projects. 

Grants of up to $3.5 million will be awarded through a competitive application process. Eligibility criteria and grant application materials for the Tourism Capital Grant Program, as well as information about an upcoming program webinar and Q&A submissions, are available on the program website: https://doa.wi.gov/Pages/TourismCapitalGrantProgram.aspx 

The grant application will be administered by DOA and will remain open through November 12, 2021.


Upcoming Deadline to Apply for Wisconsin Senate Scholar Program

The Wisconsin State Senate Scholar Program is currently accepting applications from high school students aged 16 to 18. The Senate Scholar Program is a week-long educational program offered by the Wisconsin State Senate that provides high school students with a hands-on, up-close view of the Legislature’s role in our democracy. Senate Scholars will gain experience and insights of the legislative process through roundtable discussions with legislative support agency directors and staff, media, and senators. In recent years, several students from western Wisconsin have participated in this program and Senator Jon Erpenbach (D-West Point) is encouraging local students, schools, and teachers to learn more about this valuable and educational program.

The students of today will become the leaders of tomorrow and I can think of no greater opportunity to learn about the legislative process. It’s important for young adults to not only be knowledgeable of the legislative process but how they can get involved in the process as well. This program is a valuable hands-on learning experience to see how our state government functions. I would encourage anyone who is interested in this program to call or go online to learn more.

Information about this program can be found online at www.senatescholar.com or by calling (608)261-0533. All applications for the 2021 Senate Scholar program are due by November 1, 2021. Students can apply at any time and have their application considered for future programs if they aren’t immediately accepted. While this is a highly competitive program, each Senate district is allotted a minimum number of participants.


Do Your Part and Get Vaccinated! 

First and foremost, the best way to protect yourself, your family, and your community from COVID-19 and the Delta variant is to get vaccinated. 

Getting vaccinated against COVID-19 prevents severe illness, hospitalization, and death; it also helps reduce the spread of the virus in communities. Unvaccinated people should get vaccinated and continue wearing a mask until they are fully vaccinated. With the Delta variant, this is more urgent than ever. Data demonstrate that COVID-19 vaccines are effective against the Delta variant. Past infection with COVID-19 does not assure protection from the Delta variant, so people who have had past COVID-19 infection are strongly encouraged to get vaccinated. High vaccination coverage will not only reduce the spread of the virus, but also help prevent new, and possibly more concerning, variants from emerging. Vaccination is the best way to protect you, your family, and your community. To find a vaccination location near you visit vaccines.gov(link is external) (https://vacunas.gov/(link is external)) or call 211.

Find a vaccination site near you:

While vaccination remains the top defense against the Delta variant, the CDC guidance also focuses on additional strategies that will provide additional protection against the spread of the virus. Because science has shown that wearing a mask over your nose and mouth can help prevent transmission of the respiratory droplets and aerosols that spread COVID-19, wearing a mask is now recommended in the following indoor settings:

  • All teachers, staff, students, and visitors of K-12 schools should wear masks indoors regardless of vaccination status.
  • Everyone, regardless of vaccination status, who lives in areas with substantial and high transmission as noted on this CDC map(link is external) (orange counties represent substantial transmission and red counties represent high transmission) should wear masks in public indoor settings.


Veteran Resources 

Veterans across our state and nation are reacting to the news of the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan. Veterans may feel distressed from experiences during their service. Resources are available to veterans through the U.S. and Wisconsin Departments of Veterans Affairs.

Contacts from the Wisconsin DVA:

  • Veterans Crisis Line - The Veterans Crisis Line is a toll-free, confidential resource that connects veterans and their families to mental health resources. Connect with the Crisis Line.​​
  • County Veterans Service Officers - Your local Tribal and County Veterans Service Officers can help determine the benefits and services for which you are eligible. Find your TVSO/CVSO​. ​

Resources available right now (information provided from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs):

Common Reactions

In reaction to current events in Afghanistan, Veterans may:

  • Feel frustrated, sad, helpless, grief or distressed
  • Feel angry or betrayed
  • Experience an increase in mental health symptoms like symptoms of PTSD or depression
  • Sleep poorly, drink more or use more drugs
  • Try to avoid all reminders or media or shy away from social situations
  • Have more military and homecoming memories

Veterans may question the meaning of their service or whether it was worth the sacrifices they made. They may feel more moral distress about experiences they had during their service.
Veterans may feel like they need to expect and/or prepare for the worst. For example, they may:

  • Become overly protective, vigilant, and guarded
  • Become preoccupied by danger
  • Feel a need to avoid being shocked by, or unprepared for, what may happen in the future

Feeling distress is a normal reaction to negative events, especially ones that feel personal. It can be helpful to let yourself feel those feelings rather than try to avoid them. Often, these feelings will naturally run their course. If they continue without easing up or if you feel overwhelmed by them, the suggestions below can be helpful.


Strategies for Managing Ongoing Distress


At this moment, it may seem like all is lost, like your service or your sacrifices were for nothing. Consider the ways that your service made a difference, the impact it had on others’ lives or on your own life. Remember that now is just one moment in time and that things will continue to change.


It can be helpful to focus on the present and to engage in the activities that are most meaningful and valuable to you. Is there something you can do today that is important to you? This can be as an individual, a family member, a parent, or a community member. Something that is meaningful to you in regard to your work or your spirituality? Such activities won’t change the past or the things you can’t control, but they can help life feel meaningful and reduce distress, despite the things you cannot change.
It can also help to consider your thinking. Ask yourself if your thoughts are helpful to you right now. Are there ways you can change your thinking to be more accurate and less distressing? For example, are you using extreme thinking where you see the situation as all bad or all good? If so, try and think in less extreme terms. For example, rather than thinking “my service in Afghanistan was useless” consider instead “I helped keep Afghanistan safe.”
Finally, consider more general coping strategies that you may want to try including:

  • Engage in Positive Activities. Try to engage in positive, healthy, or meaningful activities, even if they are small, simple actions. Doing things that are rewarding, meaningful, or enjoyable, even if you don’t feel like it, can make you feel better.
  • Stay Connected. Spend time with people who give you a sense of security, calm, or happiness, or those who best understand what you are going through.
  • Practice Good Self Care. Look for positive coping strategies that help you manage your emotions. Listening to music, exercising, practicing breathing routines, spending time in nature or with animals, journaling, or reading inspirational text are some simple ways to help manage overwhelming or distressing emotions.
  • Stick to Your Routines. It can be helpful to stick to a schedule for when you sleep, eat, work, and do other day-to-day activities.
  • Limit Media Exposure. Limit how much news you take in if media coverage is increasing your distress.
  • Use a mobile app. Consider one of VA’s self-help apps (see https://www.ptsd.va.gov/appvid/mobile/) such as PTSD Coach which has tools that can help you deal with common reactions like, stress, sadness, and anxiety. You can also track your symptoms over time.
  • PTSD Coach Online. A series of online video coaches will guide you through 17 tools to help you manage stress. PTSD Coach Online is used on a computer, rather than a mobile device, and therefore can offer tools that involve writing.

If you develop your own ways of adapting to ongoing events and situations, you may gain a stronger sense of being able to deal with challenges, a greater sense of meaning or purpose, and an ability to mentor and support others in similar situations.


Rental Assistance

Reminder, if you or anyone you know that has experienced income loss as a result of the pandemic their is support available! 
 
The Wisconsin Emergency Rental Assistance Program, provides direct financial assistance for rent, utility, home energy costs, and wraparound services for individuals who qualify.
 
For information on the program, how to apply, frequently asked questions as well as local resources and contacts please click here.


- Resources - 

During this difficult time it is worth reminding Wisconsinites that 211 exists to help when you don’t know where to turn. 211 is a resource managed by the United Way of Wisconsin. Call 2-1-1 or visit their website.

Office of Crime Victim Services

End Abuse Wisconsin 

National Domestic Violence Hotline: Call 1-800-799-7233, text LOVEIS to 22522, or go to thehotline.org for free and confidential support.

Disaster Distress Hotline 

Coping Resources for Kids and Parents Amidst COVID-19 

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

Veterans Crisis Line 

Vets for Warriors 

Military One Source 

Resilient Wisconsin

Department of Corrections Helpline: The call center can be reached by members of the public Monday through Friday from 7:45am–4:30pm at (608) 240-5700.

Wisconsin Farm Center 

24/7 Farmer Wellness Hotline

LGBTQ Crisis Line 

HopeLine Text Service 

Wisconsin Elder Abuse Hotline 

Wisconsin Addiction Recovery Helpline 


 

Looking for additional resources? If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to my office at Sen.Erpenbach@Legis.WI.Gov, or call (608) 266-6670. 

 

 
 
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