Community Alternatives Staff:
Governor Evers has proposed in his 2019-2021 biennial state budget increased investment for the
Workforce Funding Initiative in Wisconsin’s Family Care program – $29.6 million all funds
(state-federal) over the two-year biennium. Family Care is a long-term care program that helps
frail elders and adults with disabilities get the services they need.
The Workforce Funding Initiative was created to fund increases for the direct care portion of
managed long-term care capitation rates in Family Care – which is meant to provide wage
increases for caregivers serving our most vulnerable populations.
As a reminder, this funding refers to the $60.8 million dollars passed as part of the 2017-2019
budget developed by Governor Walker for Family Care to help with the direct care workforce
crisis. The bonuses were given out quarterly starting in June of 2018 to June of 2019.
We strongly encourage staff to advocate for higher wages for caregivers as this directly impacts
you. Below is information on the public hearing session where anyone is invited to speak and
advocate for higher wages for caregivers.
What: Public Hearing Session for the State Budget
When: April 24th
Where: UW-Green Bay, University Union, Phoenix Room
Or speak your local legislators via the contact information below:
Senator Robert Cowles
Senator Gary Tauchen