A brief history of the Jackson County ADRC…

In 1998 the state of Wisconsin created a new and flexible way to deliver publicly funded long term care services called Family Care. This system emphasizes independence and quality of life while recognizing the need for support. Family Care serves elderly people and other adults with physical and/or developmental disabilities.

In each participating county, Aging and Disability Resource Centers (ADRC) provide information and assistance to help people connect with all kinds of services, benefits and community resources for elderly people, people with disabilities, and their families.  ADRCs also screen for eligibility for the Family Care and IRIS benefits. Eligibility for each is based upon the degree to which a person’s physical or cognitive condition limits the individual’s ability to independently manage the everyday activities of living, such as eating, bathing, dressing and moving around. Staff in the ADRC inform clients about Long-Term Care options, and assist individuals who are eligible for services to apply and enroll in the programs.

In addition to long term care options counseling for individuals with issues related to aging and physical or developmental disabilities, the ADRC also provides information and assistance to people having mental health and substance abuse issues. The addition of these groups to the services of the ADRC began in 2004 as part of the Mental Health Redesign Project.

After many months of planning with the West Central Consortium group, the ADRCs in Jackson and La Crosse counties merged in July 2008 to form the Aging and Disability Resource Center of Western Wisconsin. In September 2008 , Vernon County, and in November 2008 Monroe County, joined the ADRC of Western Wisconsin. On July 1, 1017, the ADRC of Western Wisconsin dissolved the partnership. The ADRC of Jackson County became a single county ADRC.  Also, at this time, the Jackson County Aging Unit integrated with the Aging and Disability Resource Center.