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ADRCs recognize local legislators
Brooks, Novak, Tranel work to preserve long term care programs in budget
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Three area State Representatives recently received thanks from the Aging & Disability Resource Center (ADRC) of Eagle Country for their work in removing proposed changes to Wisconsin’s long term care programs from the budget.

Reps. Ed Brooks (R-Reedsburg), Todd Novak (R-Dodgeville), and Travis Tranel (R-Cuba City) each received letters thanking them for working to ensure that local ADRCs would remain a resource for elderly and disabled individuals throughout Wisconsin.

The letter, which was signed by the ADRC of Eagle Country’s Governing Board, reads in part, “We are encouraged and appreciate the time you have put into listening to the views of your constituents who have spoken with passion on the value of the locally based, county operated Aging and Disability Resource Centers… We know your support had an impact on the announcement… from Republican leaders on the Joint Finance Committee to remove Gov. (Scott) Walker’s proposed changes to the Aging and Disability Resource Centers from the budget and to direct DHS to develop a new plan.”

“Family Care was a Republican idea, and I refuse to sit by and watch Republicans abandon it,” said Brooks, whose district includes Greenwood township. “Family Care has helped thousands of people in the last 15 years, and I believe it will help even more in the years to come.”

“These centers are important to rural Wisconsin,” said Novak. “Maintaining locally run ADRCs was a priority for me, and I’m glad that my colleagues and I were able to work with other members of the legislature to accomplish that goal.”

Tranel agreed. “Ensuring that our elderly and disabled neighbors are cared for is important to me, and important to our communities in Southwestern Wisconsin. Working to remove the Governor’s changes was something that I had to do.”

ADRCs were introduced to Wisconsin more than 15 years ago as part of the Family Care program, a program that was first piloted in Richland County, and has now spread throughout nearly all of Wisconsin.