On April 21, 2014, Governor Scott Walker announced the implementation of the Family Care and IRIS (Include, Respect, I Self-Direct) programs to the following counties in northeast Wisconsin: Brown, Door, Kewaunee, Marinette, Menominee, Oconto and Shawano. These programs are currently available in 57 of Wisconsin's 72 counties (state map).
This implementation gives more elders and adults with physical or intellectual/developmental disabilities the choice to get long-term care in their own homes and communities. Implementing Family Care and IRIS statewide could reduce expected expenditures by nearly $34.7 million over the next ten years.
Request for Proposals
On June 2, 2014, the Department issued a request for proposals from organizations interested in providing Family Care in northeast Wisconsin. Proposals were due July 14, 2014. The Department estimates issuing notification of intent to pursue certification in August.
On September 22, 2014, the Department issued a “Notification of Intent to Pursue Certification” to Care Wisconsin and Lakeland Care District for the provision of Family Care in Brown, Door, Kewaunee, Marinette, Menominee, Oconto and Shawano Counties.
The next steps will be to begin certification of the selected Managed Care Organizations, and to submit necessary documents to the Joint Committee on Finance for its active review, as outlined in Wis. Stat. 46.281(1g)(b). Any future steps leading up to Family Care enrollment in northeast Wisconsin are contingent upon Joint Committee on Finance approval.
For more information, contact:
Division of Long Term Care
Bureau of Managed Care
1 West Wilson Street
P.O. Box 7851
Madison WI 53707-7851