2017 - 2018 LEGISLATURE
May 16, 2017 - Introduced by Representatives Kleefisch, Horlacher, Vos,
Berceau, Bernier, Billings, Born, Brandtjen, Crowley, Gannon, Hutton,
Jacque, Jagler, Katsma, Kitchens, Krug, Macco, Novak, Petryk, Quinn,
Ripp, Rohrkaste, Schraa, Skowronski, Steffen, Thiesfeldt and Tittl,
cosponsored by Senators Nass, Harsdorf, Hansen, Lasee, Marklein, Olsen
and Stroebel. Referred to Committee on Rules.
AJR51,1,2 1Relating to: recognizing the value and need for employment services for individuals
2with developmental disabilities.
AJR51,1,63 Whereas, facility-based programs, such as day programs, training centers, and
4sheltered workshops, give Wisconsin residents with developmental disabilities the
5opportunity to gain new skills, meet new people, and make meaningful contributions
6to society; and
AJR51,1,107 Whereas, many Wisconsin residents with developmental disabilities choose to
8participate in programs offered by facility-based day programs, training centers,
9and sheltered workshops and receive great personal and social benefit from doing so;
AJR51,1,1411 Whereas, the parents, guardians, and caregivers of many Wisconsin residents
12with developmental disabilities are very supportive of facility-based day programs,
13training centers, and sheltered workshops and can attest to the benefits their
14programs provide; and
1Whereas, often, funding for services provided by facility-based day programs,
2training centers, and sheltered workshops is obtained through home and
3community-based services Medicaid waivers; and
AJR51,2,84 Whereas, Medicaid waiver programs, including home and community-based
5services waiver programs, have been used in Wisconsin for many years to provide
6services for individuals with developmental disabilities and allow states to provide
7a range of services to Medicaid-eligible individuals who would otherwise require
8institutional care; and
AJR51,2,119 Whereas, on September 1, 2016, there were 19,114 individuals with
10developmental disabilities receiving services through the Family Care and Family
11Care Partnership programs, which are Medicaid waiver programs; and
AJR51,2,1612 Whereas, there is growing concern that regulations adopted by the federal
13Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services significantly change the home and
14community-based services Medicaid waiver program and will reduce opportunities
15for individuals with developmental disabilities to participate in programs offered by
16facility-based day programs, training centers, and sheltered workshops; and
AJR51,2,1917 Whereas, individuals with developmental disabilities should be free to choose
18the settings in which they receive services, including facility-based day programs,
19training centers, and sheltered workshops; now, therefore, be it
AJR51,2,24 20Resolved by the assembly, the senate concurring, That the members of the
21Wisconsin legislature recognize the value and need for facility-based day programs,
22training centers, and sheltered workshops and permitting individuals with
23developmental disabilities to freely choose the settings in which they wish to receive
24employment services.
AJR51,2,2525 (End)