2016 DHS News Releases

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March 31, 2016
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) urges all state residents to take time to self-examine their drinking habits. April is Alcohol Awareness Month, a national observance to increase understanding of alcohol use problems , treatment, and recovery. “Alcohol is the most commonly abused...
March 11, 2016
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services Division of Public Health is currently investigating an outbreak of bloodstream infections caused by bacteria called Elizabethkingia. Illness associated with Elizabethkingia typically affects people with compromised immune systems or serious underlying...
March 7, 2016
The Department of Health Services (DHS) today announced that Anthony J. Baize has been named the DHS Inspector General. Baize begins his new role on April 4, 2016. “In leading the Office of Inspector General, Tony will be charged with helping to ensure that Wisconsin’s taxpayer dollars are spent...
March 2, 2016
Building on the foundation of Family Care and IRIS, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) today released a draft Concept Paper for Family Care/IRIS 2.0, to enhance the scope of services available to adults with disabilities and frail elderly, and to extend those services to every county...
February 26, 2016
Preliminary data show this season’s flu vaccine is nearly 60 percent effective, according to an announcement today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). “What this means is that those who have gotten an influenza vaccine shot are well protected against the illness, and for those...
February 25, 2016
MADISON - Members will have more choice in their long-term care services under Family Care/IRIS 2.0, according to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS). DHS is working to redesign the Family Care/IRIS 2.0 initiative, as required by Act 55, to maintain and improve these services now and...
February 22, 2016
MADISON – The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) is working on the planned redesign of the Family Care/IRIS 2.0 initiative, to protect and improve long-term care services for some of the state’s most vulnerable citizens, as required by Act 55. Today, as DHS works to finalize the Family...
February 3, 2016
The influenza season got off to a slow start in Wisconsin in 2015, but officials with the Department of Health Services (DHS) have noticed an increase in cases in the first weeks of 2016, and want to remind state residents that it’s not too late to get a flu vaccine and take other actions to avoid...

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