Wisconsin Receives $2 Million Federal Grant

(Madison) – The Wisconsin Board for People with Developmental Disabilities (BPDD) has received notice from the federal Administration on Community Living that it has received a 5-year “Living Well” grant totaling $2.132 million over 5 years to improve the health and safety of people with the most significant disabilities by improving the home and community-based services they use to live, work and participate in their homes and communities, rather than institutions.

The grant is a statewide partnership that includes the Department of Health Services, The Arc Wisconsin, The Waisman Center, Disability Rights Wisconsin, People First Wisconsin, InControl Wisconsin, Inclusa, Inc. managed care organization, TMG an IRIS consultant agency, The WI Coalition for Independent Living Centers, WI APSE, multiple local and statewide service providers, and the national Council on Quality Leadership.

“Nationwide, both in local and federal policy, there is a recognition that people with disabilities are healthier and safer when they can live and work in their communities. But that takes training and support on all levels: for people with disabilities and their families, the service providers who support them, and the community at large,” said Beth Swedeen, BPDD Executive Director.

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