Feb 22 2013

Press Release: BPDD Congratulates New DHS Sec. Rhoades

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Feb. 22, 2013

Contact: Joshua Ryf, Communications Director, (608) 261-7829, joshua.ryf@wisconsin.gov

BPDD CONGRATULATES NEW DHS SECRETARY KITTY RHOADES

Board Looks Forward to Working with Rhoades to Improve the Lives of People with Disabilities

Madison, WI – The Wisconsin Board for People with Developmental Disabilities (BPDD) congratulates Kitty Rhoades on her appointment as the Secretary for the State of Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS).

“BPDD looks forward to collaborating with Sec. Rhoades, who has a long track record of support for people with disabilities across the lifespan,” said BPDD Executive Director Beth Swedeen. “This is a great opportunity for BPDD to continue our work with DHS leadership to improve the lives of people with developmental disabilities in Wisconsin.”

Swedeen continued, “Sec. Rhoades has an impressive history of increasing self-determination options and access to community-based services for people with developmental disabilities. She took a lead role in the creation of IRIS, which is the country’s largest self-directed long-term care program. She also has been a champion of and recognizes the value of long-term supports for children with significant disabilities and their families.”

BPDD advocates on behalf of individuals with developmental disabilities, fosters welcoming and inclusive communities, and works to improve the disability service system. BPDD’s mission is to help people with developmental disabilities become independent, productive, and included in all facets of community life. 

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