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Advocacy & Achievements

WAFCA Year in Review – 2017

Advocate  •  Inform  •  Connect

The annual WAFCA Institute welcomed Sarah Gibson as our guide for two-days focused on intergenerational strengths and weaving cohesive teams. This family-friendly event featured ample opportunities to disconnect from the everyday and re-connect with our missions, our families and our colleagues.

In the spring, WAFCA leaders gathered to Gear Up for Changing Times at our new Park Hotel venue in Madison. In addition to First Lady Tonette Walker, participants heard the latest from DHS Secretary Seemeyer and mingled with state legislators and other agency leaders at our reception honoring children and families.

WAFCA provided leadership and support for the Coalition for Expanding School-Based Mental Health in Wisconsin with the help of a DPI grant. Taking leading advocacy role, WAFCA successfully secured $3.5 million in new grants for school-based mental health and new Medicaid funding for clinical consultation.



WAFCA achieved a major victory for members with final passage of long-sought changes to enable nonprofit agencies to retain a reasonable margin from rate-based contracts and granting providers control over their surplus dollars to support innovation and reinvestment.

Our Communities of Practice gained further momentum as we featured our Human Resources, Senior Financial Leaders and Impact Data groups hosting roundtable discussions at the fall Membership Meeting. With participation from more than 12 WAFCA member agencies, the Impact Data project completed a first year of data gathering and sharing


WAFCA supported members around the state in speaking at hearings by a special Assembly Task Force on Foster Care. Working with legislative leaders throughout the process, WAFCA successfully focused policymaker attention on increased investments in prevention and strengthening families.

WAFCA members collaborated with state partners to advance policy and practice, participating on the Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force, the Day Tx Rule Revision Committee, and the Children with Complex Care Needs Workgroup, among others. WAFCA continued co-chairing the DCF Rate Regulation Committee and was a go-to resource for DHS on proposed policy changes.


Partnering with state and national advocates, WAFCA contributed to the debate on significant federal policy changes including proposed Medicaid block grants, reauthorization of federal home visiting and children’s health insurance funding, and led a Wisconsin delegation for the National Council’s Hill Day 2017the premier national mental health and substance use treatment advocacy event.


We launched a new website and member management system to streamline our event registration and help connect members through e-lists, “member only” content and other committee features.

Thank you for your partnership in 2017 and we look forward to continuing our work together in 2018!

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