WALA would like to recognize the outstanding work taking place in the assisted living setting. Thank you for your tireless efforts to safely care for your residents, staff, and communities during this time. We hope that you continue to access the resources we have been gathering as we navigate this unknown together. We will continue to update the COVID-19 Resources & News portion of our website with relevant information as it becomes available.
We are pleased to announce Governor Evers and the state legislature finalized the 2021-23 state budget which includes a continuation and increased funding ($104m – all funds) into the Direct Care Workforce Funding Initiative. We are grateful that Governor Evers, members of the Joint Committee on Finance, Assembly and Senate Leadership, and the many state legislators who recognize the severity of the caregiver crisis and approved this much needed funding.
In addition, thank you to all of the WALA members who contacted their state legislator(s). Your continued advocacy made this happen. We will continue to work with the Department of Health Services (DHS) on the timing of the upcoming payments through the Direct Care Workforce Funding Initiative.