Governor Evers Issues Executive Order, Creates Task Force for Caregivers

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Governor Tony Evers has signed executive order #11 establishing a Governor’s Task Force on Caregiving in Wisconsin.

Gov. Evers,

“Caregivers provide critically important services and are often the unsung heroes, supporting and caring for friends and loved ones so they can stay in their homes and their communities.

It’s important to me that we recognize, value, and celebrate the work of caregivers across our state, and that we make sure caregivers have the support they need while strengthening and improving access to the direct care workforce in Wisconsin.”

The Governor’s Task Force on Caregiving is charged with analyzing strategies to attract and retain a strong direct care workforce, finding strategies to support families providing caregiving supports and services, and improving the quality of caregiving in Wisconsin.

You can read the full executive order here: Governor’s Task Force of Caregiving

The Wisconsin Board for People with Developmental Disabilities spoke out in support of the task force.

Beth Swedeen, BPDD Executive Director,

“People living with developmental disabilities and their families see first-hand that the caregiver shortage in Wisconsin cannot be solved by raising wages alone.

A lack of adequately trained and compensated workers coupled with strain on family caregivers has reached a crisis in every part of our state. 

We are glad to see that the Executive Order and the Task Force Charge recognize the need to develop a range of policies to support both paid and unpaid caregivers, including affordable and adequate healthcare, a registry of home care providers to provide referral and matching services, plans to recruit and retain providers, and state cross-department collaboration.”

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