Wheelchair Refurbishing Program
 
Wheelchair Refurbishing Program

The Badger State Industries Wheelchair Refurbishing Program was implemented in 2001 at Redgranite Correctional Institution. The program currently employs twelve (12) inmates. The purpose of the program is to refurbish donated wheelchairs and bath equipment for IndependenceFirst (IF) http://www.ifmobility.org/ . They are a non-profit organization dedicated to providing durable medical equipment to those in need at a reasonable cost. The recipients of items offered by this program are non profit organizations and individuals that are unable to obtain them due to lack of insurance or funds. The program has even extended to such far away places as third world countries.

Another plus for this program is that these wheelchairs could have ended up in our landfills. We have saved literally tons upon tons of scrap from going there. The chairs we receive, that are beyond repair, are recycled for the commodities. This helps absorb some of the cost for the service we provide.

The positive aspects of this program are quite profound. Since the program was implemented there have been thousands of wheelchairs and other durable medical equipment refurbished by BSI RGCI. That means that thousands of people have had the opportunity to reap the benefits due to BSI’s involvement. Inmates housed at RGCI, whose job it is to refurbish the wheelchairs and bath equipment, benefit also. They know they are helping people in need while, at the same time, bettering themselves by developing a work ethic and an employable skill that can be utilized upon their release into the community. This is proven to reduce recidivism.

Since November 3rd, 2011 - nine inmates employed in wheelchair repair in BSI at RGCI have obtained two separate certifications through Invacare. Invacare is one of the most prestigious and well known manufacturers of mobility equipment in the world. This certification is a huge acknowledgement of the skills the inmates have learned in the past several years. Power wheelchair equipment is very complex. These inmates are able to completely dismantle, clean and reassemble any and all wheelchairs, scooters and other durable medical equipment (both manual and power). They are also trained to trouble shoot and perform diagnostic testing and programming of power equipment.

BSI is expanding and developing services to government agencies and non-profit organizations in an effort to help others who have needs. Mostly those who cannot work with IndependenceFirst due to logistics or other issues. We can provide a refurbishing and recycling service for agencies that qualify and provide that service at a fee that covers just the parts and materials/labor to repair the equipment. We have to stay in the non-profit or state/government agency areas; we can not provide services for private or for profit organizations. Our cost is the reasonable rate of $80 for a manual wheelchair and $160 for an electric wheelchair.

This is only a general overview of the Wheelchair Refurbishing Program. It is hard to tell you, on one page, the impact that this program has on the community and Wisconsin’s inmates employed at Redgranite Correctional Institutions, Badger State Industries. To learn more about this program and what it can do for your organization please contact any of the following:

Christine Trinrud-Industries Specialist, RGCI
920-566-2600 x2300 or christine.trinrud@wi.gov

Julie Schulz, Program Director, IndependenceFirst
1-262-439-8248 or jschulz@ifmobility.org

PROCESS TO OBTAIN REFURBISHMENT FOR DURABLE MEDICAL EQUIPMENT AT REDGRANITE CORRECTIONAL INSTITUTION, BADGER STATE INDUSTRIES BY STATE OR NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS

Contact BSI Customer Service FAX 608-240-3321 or EMAIL with a copy of your PO# or p-card authorization and shipping/billing address. Let them know what type of equipment you need refurbished, the quantity and total cost.

o Manual Wheelchairs - $80 each
o Electric Wheelchairs - $160 each
o Scooters - $120 each
o Rollator - $40 each (4 wheel walker w/ seat)

BSI Customer Service will generate a Sales Order.

You will receive an Order Acknowledgement via mail or email from BSI Customer Service. When you receive this – photo copy/print it and tape a copy to each piece of equipment for pick up. Note – our drivers CAN NOT pick up your equipment if the Acknowledgement is not taped to it.

Contact C. Trinrud Christine.trinrud@wi.gov or 920-566-2600 x2300 and advise that equipment has Acknowledgement taped to it and are by the loading dock ready for pick-up.

C. Trinrud will contact the distribution center, Badger State Logistics (BSL), and inform them of the need for equipment pick-up.

Equipment will be picked up and brought to RGCI via BSL.

RGCI BSI will refurbish equipment. If your equipment is in need of parts that we do not have on hand to complete the refurbishing process, C. Trinrud will contact you via email with part(s) order information. You then order and pay for the parts and have them shipped to RGCI BSI. If you do not order the parts needed, the equipment will be sent back to you as is and you will be charged only for the refurbishing as originally agreed upon.

**PLEASE NOTE THAT EACH PIECE OF EQUIPMENT IS REFURBISHED TOP TO BOTTOM. WE DO NOT TAKE EQUIPMENT TO REFURBISH SPECIFIC PARTS SUCH AS JUST THE WHEEL, SEAT, BEARING, ETC. THE PRICE PER PIECE OF EQUIPMENT ENCOMPASSES THE COMPLETE REFURBISH OF EACH PIECE.**

IF THE MAIN FRAME OF ANY PIECE OF EQUIPMENT IS CRACKED OR BROKEN IT IS NOT REPAIRABLE.

You will be contacted if your equipment is not repairable (broken frame, etc.). It will then be your decision to have us scrap/recycle the piece for you or send it back to you, as is. You will not be charged for that piece, either way. C. Trinrud will contact BSI Customer Service and have the order reduced by 1 for each piece that cannot be refurbished.

When your equipment is completed it will be sent back to you via BSL. There will be paperwork (shipper) that needs to be signed by you. The current lead time, once they leave your facility, is 6-8 weeks depending on if parts need to be ordered.

NOTE- WE CAN NOT REFURBISH INMATE OWNED DURABLE MEDICAL EQUIPMENT OF ANY KIND FOR LIABILITY REASONS.

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