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What WPSA has to offer:

  • Meetings in a centrally located area of the state held once every three months. These conferences include up-to-date issues and informed speakers addressing issues of concern in a relaxed setting.
  • A gathering of professionals, employees, and consumers all striving to understand and improve the quality of home care in the state
  • Membership on the Long Term Care Reform Council
  • Membership on the Department of Health and Family Services Home Care Advisory Committee
  • Responsible for the many changes to the revised MAPC Handbook, including new rulings on documentation, nursing supervision, travel time, and training issues.
  • Legislative representation and updates on related issues
  • Retention of an attorney, Diane Welsh; and a professional Lobbyist, Michael Blumenfeld
  • Representation to advocacy forums through the Survival Coalition


L-R: WPSA lobbyist Michael Blumenfeld, WPSA President Darci Knapp, board member Steve Mercaitis, Representative Chuck Wichgers WPSA, President elect Amy Weiss.

Now is the time to consider membership in the only state organization, Wisconsin Personal Care Association (WPSA), representing the interests of personal care providers, consumers, counties, and personal care sub-contractors. WPSA members are leaders in the field of providing quality care to the consumers they serve. WPSA members are joined together to unite, educate, advocate and promote consumer-focused home and Medical Assistance Personal Care services on a statewide basis.

WPSA led the initiative to increase the MAPC rate $3.25. The WPSA Legislative Committee met almost weekly to discuss issues, formulate plans, and put plans of action into positive results. Membership on the Department of Health and Family Services Home Care Advisory Committee will result in changes to the archaic personal care rules. Because of WPSA's strong position, WPSA is now represented on the State of Wisconsin Long Term Care Reform Council.

WPSA, along with the WPSA attorney, Burt Wagner, and WPSA lobbyist, Michael Blumenfeld, have been instrumental in leading the fight against the unfair audits. Rules and regulations, and new policies not in keeping with the WPSA philosophy, have been negotiated and disputed. WPSA has become a strong leader in the fight for a consumer driven personal care initiative. WPSA is responsible for the many changes to the revised MAPC Handbook, including new rulings on documentation, nursing supervision, travel time, and training issues.

WPSA also offers many other benefits to its members. These include:

  • Meetings in a centrally located area of the state held once every three months.
  • A gathering of professionals, employees, and consumers all striving to understand and improve the quality of home care in the state.
  • Up-to-date and informed speakers addressing issues of concern in a relaxed setting.
  • Access to information on workshops and seminars related to home and personal cares.
  • Legislative updates on related issues.
  • Viewpoints, ideas, forms, policies and procedures used in established agencies throughout the state.
  • Access to professionals within the state bureaus of government controlling issues of home and personal care.
  • Representation to legislative forums through SURVIVAL COALITION.
  • Special benefits for WPSA members only from our partners Johnson Insurance. Find out more here.

WPSA has many upcoming issues targeted for the near future. These include the fight against licensing of Personal Care Agencies and the large fees proposed, a joint task force looking at how Family Care affects personal care issues, and the continuing audit problem. We need you as members, and you need WPSA so you can truly be represented in the future of long-term care.

Top 10 Reasons to Join WPSA

  1. WPSA is a great resource for networking with many other Providers throughout Wisconsin and sharing viewpoints, ideas, forms, policies, procedures and discussing the industry as it changes.
  2. WPSA keeps you abreast of long term care and personal care issues by providing updates via e-mail alerts as well as memos on the WPSA website.
  3. WPSA provides excellent quarterly conferences that are centrally located in Wisconsin in a relaxed and very affordable setting.
  4. WPSA conference sessions are planned to address pertinent and timely issues. All speakers are subject experts.
  5. WPSA Conferences focus on Long Term Care Reform, including Family Care expansion and Self Directed Support as well as legislative, wage and hour, and regulatory changes and other issues that affect personal and home care providers.
  6. WPSA Members receive discounts on all WPSA conferences.
  7. WPSA provides access to professionals within both the Federal Government and Wisconsin departments of government including the Department of Health and Family Services, the Department of Workforce Development, the Governor’s Office, and the Legislature, as well as valuable information from state and privately organized committees such as Home Care Advisory Committee, Association for Long Term Care Solutions, etc.
  8. WPSA provides timely legislative updates on current issues affecting Personal Care Services, Providers and Consumers. WPSA works to improve Long Term Care Service delivery to best meet our community needs.
  9. WPSA provides legal advice and representation on issues through WPSA’s Lobbyist, Legal Counsel and Legislative Committee.
  10. WPSA, established in 1990, is the longest standing professional organization for personal care providers in Wisconsin.

As a WPSA member, YOU will make new friends, LEARN MORE and LOVE working with the LTC Industry.