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Keeping Our Elections Secure, With Help from the Feds PDF Print E-mail
State & Local
Written by Wisconsin Senate Democrats   
Sunday, 15 April 2018 11:15

russia-hacks-nbcRussian attempts to sabotage Wisconsin's election systems in the 2016 Presidential Election were thwarted, but we still need to ensure our future elections are accurate, secure and valid.

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Matt Flynn's New Path on Opioid Addiction and Mental Health PDF Print E-mail
State & Local
Written by Forward with Flynn, Bryan Kennedy   
Saturday, 14 April 2018 09:40

opioid-overdoseWe are facing a crisis of persons suffering from addiction or diagnosed with other mental health issues, and spending in Wisconsin ranks near the bottom nationally to combat it. Flynn outlines his new approach to treating addiction and mental illness.


MILWAUKEE - Earlier this week I had the opportunity to visit Pine Valley Integrated Services in Juneau County, where health care professionals work with patients suffering from addiction or diagnosed with other mental health issues. The work they do goes beyond basic treatment. They work to enroll patients in insurance plans and develop wraparound support for those facing food and housing insecurity. Their work requires them to collaborate with law enforcement and other government and community agencies.

We are facing a crisis here in Wisconsin. Deaths from opioid overdoses are increasing faster than the national average. Much of our state is rural, making mental health and substance abuse treatment significantly harder for those living far away from treatment centers. Mental health spending in Wisconsin ranks near the bottom nationally. Scott Walker turned down federal Medicaid dollars that would go towards treatment, putting his Republican presidential primary ambitions over the needs of those suffering opioid addictions.

Wisconsin needs a new approach to treating addiction and mental illness.

matt-flynnAs governor, my agenda will be to add more integrated mental health services that incorporate a wide range of treatment options for people suffering from behavioral health disorders. To treat patients effectively, providers must rely on many options to create the best treatment approach for each individual patient. There is not a single form of treatment that works for everyone. Facilities with multiple options allow collaboration to create a plan that works for each patient without needing to access treatment from multiple locations. This creates the consistency of care that patients and providers need.

I will accept all federal health care funds and will add additional spending for mental health treatment. On top of that, I will push for more funding for our UW System. The research and health care training they do is invaluable to us. Our state universities are training the next generation of healthcare and mental health providers.

We also need to improve access to physical treatment options and encourage greater investment in telemedicine. New communication technologies allow patients and social workers to speak with medical professionals remotely, allowing them access to specialists they would otherwise have to travel to see. This way patients can get the care they need without the often-impossible task of moving to a treatment center.

Finally, we must recognize that people suffering from addiction do not belong behind bars. It is a terrible waste of resources. Not only does it cost more to keep a person locked in jail than in a treatment center, it ignores the fundamental problem of addiction. As governor, I will push for more treatment options for non-violent drug offenders, as opposed to incarceration.

Improving mental health will require more than our politicians paying lip service to the issue. It requires the focus of lawmakers to provide real funding and real policy changes. It’s time to hold the governor accountable for the state of mental health care in Wisconsin. It’s time to move forward again.

- Matt Flynn, Candidate for Governor

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sent to us by Bryan Kennedy, Ph.D., Mayor, City of Glendale & Campaign Manager, Forward With Flynn.

Last Updated on Saturday, 14 April 2018 10:15
 
“Ryan set to exit stage right-wing” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast PDF Print E-mail
State & Local
Written by Citizen Action of Wisconsin, Matt Brusky   
Friday, 13 April 2018 14:22

ryancawPaul Ryan will not seek re-election, and we explore its impact on CD 1 candidates. Plus election results, wage theft, Day of Action next Friday 4/20, and more...

Last Updated on Saturday, 14 April 2018 14:36
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Walker and Republicans Have Failed Wisconsin Women PDF Print E-mail
State & Local
Written by Wisconsin Senate Democrats, Jay Wadd   
Tuesday, 10 April 2018 10:58

working-poorSince Gov. Walker and the Republicans repealed Wisconsin’s Equal Pay Enforcement Act in 2011, the gender gap remains at 78 cents on the dollar. Our families and our economy continue to suffer.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 11 April 2018 13:26
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