PPI urges filling BadgerCare coverage gaps, linking it to cost savings and avoidance of employer tax hikes
The Community Advocates Public Policy Institute (PPI) is taking bold steps urging Governor Walker and the Wisconsin Legislature to take advantage of the Affordable Care Act and expand BadgerCare by filling its gaps in eligibility—and the media is noticing. PPI outlined its evidence in a letter to Governor Walker and the Legislature, explaining that BadgerCare expansion would result in at least 170,000 Wisconsinites gaining coverage, and would make fiscal sense for the state budget. In addition to other consequences, the Governor’s failure to fill the BadgerCare eligibility cap would expose Wisconsin’s large employers to a tax increase of more than $100 million statewide.read more »
At December's grand opening, Community Advocates celebrated hope, home, and health with the residents of the new Autumn West Safe Haven building. Autumn West provides housing and supportive services to individuals who are homeless and facing mental illness.read more »
Before a standing-room-only crowd, the Community Advocates Public Policy Institute introduced its Pathways to Ending Poverty Project results on September 10th. David Riemer, Senior Fellow at the Public Policy Institute, presented the project’s four proposed policies and related results. The Urban Institute, an independent policy analysis center, evaluated PPI's proposed new policies using economic modeling. The resulting "Reducing Poverty in Wisconsin" report by the Urban Institute confirms that implementing the four-part policy package developed by PPI would dramatically reduce poverty in Wisconsin by between 58% and 81%.
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It was standing room only as local dignitaries, mental health activists, community members, and Community Advocates employees leaned in to hear the speeches. All the hard work preparing the Crisis Resource Center for its grand opening was worth it, as Community Advocates CEO Joe Volk greeted the crowd at the podium. He was followed by enthusiastic speeches from Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele, Milwaukee Chief of Police Edward Flynn, County Supervisor and Chairwoman of the Health and Human Needs Committee Peggy Romo West, and County Supervisor David Bowen. Milwaukee Women's Center Director Latrice Buck Hogan spoke last, encouraging attendees to take guided tours of the facility.read more »
All too often in the Milwaukee area, people experiencing mental health crises end up in the back of a squad car on the way to jail or a hospital emergency room. These outcomes can be both traumatic and costly – about $1,400 a day for a stay at the county’s Mental Health Complex. There is another alternative.
Community Advocates will soon open Milwaukee’s first north-side Crisis Resource Center, a 24-hour walk-in facility offering short-term stabilization to people experiencing a psychiatric crisis. Early interventions and short-term, intensive services can help eliminate the need for hospitalization and emergency detentions.