The Messenger
A Newsletter From The Arc Dane County
Supporting people with intellectual and developmental disabilities for over 65 years

August 23, 2017 

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What's Happening at The Arc Dane County
October 19
Making a Critical Choice: What You Need to Know About The Family Care/IRIS Enrollment Process
The Arc Dane County has teamed up with multiple agencies who serve our community of people with disabilities to answer questions about the transition to Family Care/IRIS. 
You will learn about:
  • The role of the ADRC
  • A real family's experience
  • How Options Counseling works
  • Being an effective advocate in the new system
  • Your rights in FC/IRIS
Mark your Calendars
Thursday, October 19th
Choose the time that works best for you
10:30am - NOON or 6:30pm - 8:00pm

If you are affected by the change to Family Care/IRIS, we hope to see you at this very special seminar.
Wisconsin Department of Health Services to Hold Informational Meetings on Family Care and IRIS
(Corrected Information in Link Below)
Note: Except for one Saturday, far from a bus route, all these meetings are during the work day and in Madison.  DHS will not allow the vendors they chose to implement Family Care and IRIS in Dane county to speak directly to parents, guardians or self-advocates.  We are working with policy makers to address this issue.

DHS has shared they will discuss the following:
  • If you choose Family Care, the Managed Care Organizations (MCOs) that will serve Dane County are Care Wisconsin and MyChoice.
  • If you choose Partnership, the Managed Care Organizations (MCO's) that will serve Dane County are Care Wisconsin and Partnership
  • If you choose IRIS, the IRIS Consulting Agencies (ICAs) that will serve Dane County are Advocates4U, First Person Care Consultants, Progressive Community Services, and The Management Group (TMG).
  • Current DHS policy is that representatives from the MCO's or ICA's that will serve Dane County will not be allowed to speak/present at these informational meetings.
These meetings are being hosted by DHS to share information and answer questions about the change to Family Care and IRIS.  More information should be coming out from DHS this week.
2017 Halloween Dance - October 29th!

Put on your best costume and join us for the 2017 Halloween Dance.   We will be dancing the afternoon away on Sunday, October 29th from 1pm - 4pm at Pooley's.  Tickets are available now.  Get yours before we sell out!
In This Issue
Upcoming  Events

DHS Meetings on Family Care & IRIS

The Arc National Events
2017 Annual Everybody's Golf Tourney is Coming Soon on September 15th.  Register Now!
Be ready for a day of fun at this 18-Hole Scramble Event!  This is our single largest fundraising event of the year.  Help us be inviting friends and family to golf, sponsor, or donate a raffle prize.
  • The Meadows of Sixmile Creek
  • 8am-9am Registration
  • 9:30am Shotgun Start
  • $5000 cash prize putting contest. 
  • Cash Prize for closest to the pin on a Par 3
  • Hole Prizes, Silent Auction, and Prize Drawings
Registration Fees are $130/golfer.  Fees include the putting contest, greens fee, cart, lunch and a goodie bag.

Event Hosts:
Mitch Henk, The Mitch Henck Show
Leah Linscheid, WISC-TV News

Special Thanks to our Everybody's Golf Tourney
Major Sponsors:

2017 Membership Renewal Drive
It is time for The Arc Dane County's annual membership renewal drive!

Your membership provides financial support for our work promoting advocacy, social & educational events and information sharing. It allows us to provide all of this free of charge.
You also benefit:
  • You are part of the national Arc focusing on policy issues that affect the disabled from the halls of Congress, Department of Health Services all the way to our own communities (Repeal of ACA and cuts to Medicaid that impact state benefits are front and center)
  • Inclusive social events, ongoing educational programs
  • Receiving current information via The Messenger (our e-newsletter) and
  • Quick access to current information & relevant to services in Dane County, Wisconsin and Nationwide-The Arc Dane County curates information & news to help you find topics relevant to you
  • Collaboration with other organizations and the slightly different roles they play in advocating for disabled people in Dane County
We are proud to have you as a member. 
The Arc Dane County's Role as Family Care/IRIS are Rolled Out
As Family Care/IRIS are rolled out by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, we want you to know The Arc Dane County is working with many other Dane County disability groups.  Our goal is to help our families navigate this complex and cumbersome conversion by January 2018.  We hope you will be engaged throughout the process.  We will alert you through The Messenger of upcoming advocacy initiatives and engagement opportunities.
The Arc Dane County | (608) 833-1199
6602 Grand Teton Plaza | Madison, WI 53719