DHS Releases New and Updated Resources for Schools to Keep Students Safe
To help keep students and teachers safe during the 2021-2022 school year, the Department of Health Services (DHS) today launched aK-12 School Testing Program communications toolkit. This toolkit will support school districts and school administrators ’ efforts to connect with school staff, families, and communities about the COVID-19 testing opportunities available to them through the schools participating in this program. DHS has also...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - August 6, 2021 Category: Hospital Management Authors: redinadcfw Source Type: news

Wisconsin Submits Plans to Support Mental Health and Substance Use Services
Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) announced that Wisconsin will receive nearly $50 million in additional funding from the federal government to address mental health and substance use needs. The funding —part of the American Rescue Plan Act signed into law in March—will add $24.6 million to mental health services and $22 million to substance use services over the next four years through supplements to Wisconsin’s existing share of the Community Mental Health Services Block Grant and...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - August 2, 2021 Category: Hospital Management Authors: redinadcfw Source Type: news

Growing Case Activity and Circulation of Delta Variant Prompt Updated CDC and DHS Guidance
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) supportsthe Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) ’s recommendations that were issued on July 27, 2021. The new recommendations, which are based on the most up-to-date information about the Delta variant of COVID-19, will be reflected in all DHS guidance. The Delta variant is highly infectious and is spreading more quickly than any other...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - July 28, 2021 Category: Hospital Management Authors: yunkecfrrr Source Type: news

Governor Evers, DHS Urge COVID-19 Vaccination Ahead of 2021-2022 School Year
Governor Tony Evers and the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) encourage anyone attending school in the upcoming 2021-2022 school year to get theirCOVID-19 vaccine as soon as possible. This includes children ages 12 and up as well as anyone planning to attend in-person classes at a college or university. “Getting vaccinated now means we can help make sure our students are back in the classroom and won’t have to miss out on in-person classes...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - July 22, 2021 Category: Hospital Management Authors: millejcodn Source Type: news

Site Visits Highlight Lead Safety Efforts
The Department of Health Services (DHS) will co-host visits to home lead abatement projects to raise awareness of childhood lead poisoning and what can be done to prevent it. One of the major sources of lead poisoning in children is lead-based paint, found mostly in homes built prior to 1978. The Lead-Safe Homes Program works with local partners to abate lead hazards in eligible properties. Every county in the state has homes built before 1978 with potential lead hazards. “There is no safe...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - July 19, 2021 Category: Hospital Management Authors: millejcodn Source Type: news

Multistate Outbreak of Salmonella Typhimurium Includes Wisconsin
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS), Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the U.S. Food& Drug Administration (FDA), and local health departments are involved in an ongoing investigation of an outbreak of Salmonella Typhimurium. Current public health data indicates that pre-packaged salad greens produced by BrightFarms, Inc. of Rochelle, Illinois are the source of a Salmonella Typhimurium...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - July 16, 2021 Category: Hospital Management Authors: millejcodn Source Type: news

Wisconsin Launches “Our Doctors” Multimedia Campaign
Governor Tony Evers and the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) today announced the launch of Our Doctors, a statewide multimedia campaign that brings together health care professionals across the state of Wisconsin, from different health systems and specialties, to share their confidence in theCOVID-19 vaccines. This campaign encourages Wisconsinites who may be hesitant about vaccines to start a conversation with their own family doctor about...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - July 15, 2021 Category: Hospital Management Authors: millejcodn Source Type: news

Wisconsin Submits Plan to Enhance and Improve Medicaid Home and Community-Based Services
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) hassubmitted a plan to the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to use American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds to improve and enhance Wisconsin ’s home and community-based services under Medicaid. DHS estimates it will receive approximately $350 million under this part of ARPA. Key components of the plan that support Wisconsin’s caregiving workforce include increasing rates for home and...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - July 14, 2021 Category: Hospital Management Authors: goodsesjfs Source Type: news

Over $1 Million Awarded for Behavioral Health Equity and Inclusion Projects
In a step toward addressing an identified need for Wisconsin ’s behavioral health system, the Department of Health Services (DHS) has awarded over $1 million to nine organizations for projects designed to improve the cultural competence of service providers. “We are committed to supporting strategies that will ensure Wisconsin’s behavioral health system is welcoming and responsive to every resident of our state,” said DHS Secretary-designee Karen Timberlake. “It is essential that we understand...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - July 14, 2021 Category: Hospital Management Authors: redinadcfw Source Type: news

New Maps Provide Additional Geographic Breakdowns of COVID-19 Vaccination Data
Today the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) released maps and corresponding downloadable data tables that break downCOVID-19 vaccinations by new geographic boundaries. The new maps allow Wisconsinites to view existing COVID-19 vaccination data by municipalities (cities, towns, and villages), zip code tabulation areas, school district boundaries, and census tracts. “Breaking down existing vaccination data by these additional geographies...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - July 8, 2021 Category: Hospital Management Authors: goodsesjfs Source Type: news

DHS Encourages Continued Public Health Practices
Ahead of the holiday weekend, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) encourages Wisconsinites to keep doing their part to stop the spread of COVID-19. Getting vaccinated and continuing to follow public health practices are critical to ending the COVID-19 pandemic. “The 4th of July looked a lot different last year. This year, we have reduced infection rates, one of the lowest unemployment rates in the country, our businesses are bouncing back, and we’re a national leader in getting...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - July 2, 2021 Category: Hospital Management Authors: yunkecfrrr Source Type: news

Peer-run Respite Grants Awarded, New Locations Added
Wisconsin ’speer-run respite program for people experiencing increased stress or symptoms related to mental health and substance use challenges is adding locations in La Crosse and Milwaukee under new grants awarded by the Department of Health Services (DHS). “Peer-run respites are staffed by Wisconsinites with lived experience who can use their unique set of mental health and substance use recovery experiences and skills training to support others...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - June 29, 2021 Category: Hospital Management Authors: millejcodn Source Type: news

Wisconsin to Issue Second Round of Benefits to Children Who Missed Free or Reduced Price School Meals Because of COVID-19 Pandemic
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) announced today that the families of more than 250,000 students who participate in the National School Lunch Program will be receiving more than $80 million in food benefits through theSchool Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) program. During the 2020-2021 school year, many schools offered virtual or remote learning, which meant children no longer received meals at school, putting an added stress on limited...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - June 25, 2021 Category: Hospital Management Authors: goodsesjfs Source Type: news

Eleven Peer Recovery Centers Receive Grants to Expand Services
Wisconsin ’s state-funded network of drop-in centers offering support to people experiencing mental health and substance use challenges is expanding to 11 locations under newpeer recovery center grants awarded by the Department of Health Services (DHS). “Peer recovery centers offer a community of support and fellowship with other people who have similar life experiences,” said DHS Secretary-designee Karen Timberlake. “By offering...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - June 24, 2021 Category: Hospital Management Authors: millejcodn Source Type: news

Governor Evers, DHS Announce Enhanced COVID-19 Testing Support for Schools
Governor Tony Evers and the Department of Health Services (DHS) today announced convenient and free of charge COVID-19 testing support for Wisconsin schools in the 2021-2022 school year. The new program connects schools with testing partners to handle the school ’s on-site COVID-19 testing for teachers, staff, students, and their families. The program is intended to make it easier for K-12 public, private, and independent charter schools to offer testing and help people make more informed...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - June 22, 2021 Category: Hospital Management Authors: millejcodn Source Type: news