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U.S. GOVERNMENT RECOGNIZES WISCONSIN FOR ACHIEVEMENTS
IN AGING AND DISABILITY RESOURCES
MADISON- The federal Administration on Aging (AoA) has recognized the
Wisconsin Department of Health Services' pioneering work and continued
innovation with Aging and Disability Resource Centers (ADRCs). Assistant
Secretary for Aging, Kathy Greenlee, announced the "Outstanding
Achievement Award" at a national conference last month. Addressing an
audience of people who are developing ADRCs in 55 states and territories
across the country, the Federal officials recognized the Wisconsin as the
creator of ADRCs, and emphasized that this is the model other states
should follow. Deputy Assistant Secretary John Wren said that the
Wisconsin model embraces AoA's vision and goals for ADRCs.
"The Aging and Disability Resource Centers that are now serving
85% of our state have worked hard to implement the mission of a 'one-stop'
source of information and help for people who are elderly or have
disabilities," said Secretary Karen Timberlake in response to the
special recognition. "Addressing the complex needs of people who are
very elderly or living with significant disabilities requires the
grassroots assistance of people who know about all of the resources that
can help solve problems, and who respect the independence of people who
want to choose their own course of action," she added.
National officials praised the "person-centered,
full-service" approach that serves people regardless of income or the
type of information or assistance they require. Resource Centers have been
a key element of the state's Family Care legislation that provides
comprehensive and coordinated long-term care services, primarily in
communities. Governor Doyle has continued to support the value of the
Aging and Disability Resource Centers throughout his tenure. The ADRCs are
able to explain how programs and government systems work, and what
different service providers can offer, at what costs. Benefit specialists
at the ADRCs assist people with programs such as Medicare, Social
Security, SeniorCare, FoodShare and other benefit programs.
There were 275,000 unique individual contacts with Resource Centers in
Wisconsin in 2009. Over $8 million federal dollars were brought into the
state economy from individuals who used the benefit specialists to gain
access to Social Security income and disability insurance benefits. At
present, there are 35 Aging and Disability Resource Centers in the state.
For more information and a list of contacts, visit: http://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/ltcare/adrc.
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April 15, 2013