27,2921 Section 2921 . 49.30 (1) (intro.) of the statutes, as affected by 1995 Wisconsin Act .... (this act), section 2920 , is amended to read:
49.30 (1) (intro.) If Except as provided in sub. (1m), if any recipient of benefits under s. 49.046, 49.177 or 49.46, or under 42 USC 1381 to 1385 in effect on May 8, 1980, dies and the estate of the deceased recipient is insufficient to pay the funeral, burial and cemetery expenses of the deceased recipient, the county or applicable tribal governing body or organization responsible for burial of the recipient shall pay, to the person designated by the county department under s. 46.215, 46.22 or 46.23 or applicable tribal governing body or organization responsible for the burial of the recipient all of the following:
27,2922 Section 2922 . 49.30 (1) (intro.) of the statutes, as affected by 1995 Wisconsin Act .... (this act), sections 2920 and 2921, is amended to read:
49.30 (1) (intro.)  Except as provided in sub. (1m), if any recipient of benefits under s. 49.177 or 49.46 or 49.77, or under 42 USC 1381 to 1385 in effect on May 8, 1980, dies and the estate of the deceased recipient is insufficient to pay the funeral, burial and cemetery expenses of the deceased recipient, the county or applicable tribal governing body or organization responsible for burial of the recipient shall pay, to the person designated by the county department under s. 46.215, 46.22 or 46.23 or applicable tribal governing body or organization responsible for the burial of the recipient, all of the following:
27,2923 Section 2923. 49.30 (1) (a) of the statutes is amended to read:
49.30 (1) (a) The full amount of actual lesser of $1,000 or the cemetery expenses that are not paid by the estate of the deceased and other persons.
27,2924b Section 2924b. 49.30 (1) (b) of the statutes is amended to read:
49.30 (1) (b) Except as provided under sub. (2), the The lesser of $650 in state fiscal year 1989-90 and $1,000 in each state fiscal year thereafter or the funeral and burial expenses not paid by the estate of the deceased and other persons.
27,2925d Section 2925d. 49.30 (1m) of the statutes is created to read:
49.30 (1m) (a) If the total cemetery expenses for the recipient exceed $3,500, the county or applicable tribal governing body or organization responsible for burial of the recipient is not required to make a payment for the cemetery expenses under sub. (1) (a).
(b) If the total funeral and burial expenses for the recipient exceed $3,500, the county or applicable tribal governing body or organization responsible for burial of the recipient is not required to make a payment for funeral and burial expenses under sub. (1) (b).
27,2926 Section 2926. 49.30 (2) of the statutes is amended to read:
49.30 (2) The state shall reimburse a county or applicable tribal governing body or organization for any amount paid that the county or applicable tribal governing body or organization is required to pay under sub. (1) (a). The state shall reimburse a county or applicable tribal governing body or organization for the amount paid under sub. (1) (b) if the total amount of actual expenses paid for a deceased recipient under sub. (1) (b) does not exceed the amount specified in sub. (1) (b). If the total amount of actual expenses paid for a deceased recipient under sub. (1) (b) exceeds the amount specified in sub. (1) (b), the state may not reimburse a county or applicable tribal governing body or organization for such amount unless cemetery expenses or for funeral and burial expenses for persons described under sub. (1) that the county or applicable tribal governing body or organization is not required to pay under subs. (1) and (1m) only if the department approves the reimbursement due to unusual circumstances.
27,2927 Section 2927. 49.32 (title), (1), (2) and (6) of the statutes are created to read:
49.32 (title) Department; powers and duties. (1) Uniform fee schedule, liability and collections. (a) The department shall establish a uniform system of fees for services provided or purchased under this subchapter by the department, or a county department under s. 46.215, 46.22 or 46.23, except where, as determined by the department, a fee is administratively unfeasible or would significantly prevent accomplishing the purpose of the service. A county department under s. 46.215, 46.22 or 46.23 shall apply the fees which it collects under this program to cover the cost of such services.
(b) Any person receiving services provided or purchased under par. (a) or the spouse of the person and, in the case of a minor, the parents of the person, and, in the case of a foreign child described in s. 48.839 (1) who became dependent on public funds for his or her primary support before an order granting his or her adoption, the resident of this state appointed guardian of the child by a foreign court who brought the child into this state for the purpose of adoption, shall be liable for the services in the amount of the fee established under par. (a).
(c) The department shall make collections from the person who in the opinion of the department is best able to pay, giving due regard to the present needs of the person or of his or her lawful dependents. The department may bring an action in the name of the department to enforce the liability established under par. (b).
(d) The department may compromise or waive all or part of the liability for services received. The sworn statement of the secretary shall be evidence of the services provided and the fees charged for the services.
(e) The department may delegate to county departments under s. 46.215, 46.22 or 46.23 and other providers of care and services the powers and duties vested in the department by pars. (c) and (d) as it considers necessary to efficiently administer this subsection, subject to such conditions as the department considers appropriate.
(g) The department shall return to county departments under s. 46.215, 46.22 or 46.23 50% of collections made by the department for delinquent accounts previously delegated under par. (e) and then referred back to the department for collections.
(2) Payment of benefits. (a) The department may make payments directly to recipients of public assistance or to such persons authorized to receive such payments in accordance with law and rules of the department on behalf of the counties. The department may charge the counties for the cost of operating public assistance systems which make such payments.
(b) The department may make social services payments directly to recipients, vendors or providers in accordance with law and rules of the department on behalf of the counties which have contracts to have such payments made on their behalf.
(c) A county department under s. 46.215, 46.22 or 46.23 shall provide the department with information which the department shall use to determine each person's eligibility and amount of payment. A county department under s. 46.215, 46.22 or 46.23 shall provide the department all necessary information in the manner prescribed by the department.
(d) The department shall disburse from state or federal funds or both the entire amount and charge the county for its share under s. 49.33 (8) and (9).
(6) Welfare reform studies. The department shall request proposals from persons in this state for studies of the effectiveness of various program changes, referred to as welfare reform, to the aid to families with dependent children program, including the requirement that certain recipients of aid to families with dependent children with children under age 6 participate in training programs, the learnfare school attendance requirement under s. 49.26 (1) (g) and the modification of the earned income disregard under s. 49.19 (5) (am). The studies shall evaluate the effectiveness of the various efforts, including their cost-effectiveness, in helping individuals gain independence through the securing of jobs and providing financial incentives and in identifying barriers to independence.
27,2928 Section 2928. 49.32 (8) of the statutes is created to read:
49.32 (8) Periodic earnings check by department. The department shall make a periodic check of the amounts earned by recipients of aid to families with dependent children under s. 49.19 through a check of the amounts credited to the recipient's social security number. The department shall make an investigation into any discrepancy between the amounts credited to a social security number and amounts reported as income on the declaration application and take appropriate action under s. 49.95 when warranted. The department shall use the state wage reporting system under 1985 Wisconsin Act 17, section 65 (1), when the system is implemented, to make periodic earnings checks.
27,2929 Section 2929. 49.32 (9) (title) of the statutes is created to read:
49.32 (9) (title) Monthly reports of recipients of aid to families with dependent children.
27,2930 Section 2930. 49.32 (10) (title) of the statutes is created to read:
49.32 (10) (title) Release of recipient's addresses to law enforcement officers.
27,2932 Section 2932. 49.325 of the statutes is created to read:
49.325 County department budgets and contracts. (1) Budget. (a) Each county department under s. 46.215, 46.22 or 46.23 shall submit its final budget for services directly provided or purchased under this subchapter to the department by December 31 annually.
(b) The department shall submit a model of the contract under sub. (2g) (a) to each county department under s. 46.215, 46.22 or 46.23 by May 1 annually.
(2) Assessment of needs. Before developing and submitting a proposed budget for services directly provided or purchased under this subchapter to the county executive or county administrator or the county board, the county departments listed in sub. (1) shall assess needs and inventory resources and services, using an open public participation process.
(2g) Contract. (a) The department shall annually submit to the county board of supervisors in a county with a single-county department or the county boards of supervisors in counties with a multicounty department a proposed written contract containing the allocation of funds for services directly provided or purchased under this subchapter and such administrative requirements as necessary. The contract as approved may contain conditions of participation consistent with federal and state law. The contract may also include provisions necessary to ensure uniform cost accounting of services. Any changes to the proposed contract shall be mutually agreed upon. The county board of supervisors in a county with a single-county department or the county boards of supervisors in counties with a multicounty department shall approve the contract before January 1 of the year in which it takes effect unless the department grants an extension. The county board of supervisors in a county with a single-county department or the county boards of supervisors in counties with a multicounty department may designate an agent to approve addenda to any contract after the contract has been approved.
(b) The department may not approve contracts for amounts in excess of available revenues. Actual expenditure of county funds shall be reported in compliance with procedures developed by the department.
(c) The joint committee on finance may require the department to submit contracts between county departments under ss. 46.215, 46.22 and 46.23 and providers of services under this subchapter to the committee for review and approval.
(2r) Withholding funds. (a) The department, after reasonable notice, may withhold a portion of the appropriation allocated to a county department under s. 46.215, 46.22 or 46.23 if the department determines that that portion of the allocated appropriation is any of the following:
1. For services under this subchapter which duplicate or are inconsistent with services being provided or purchased by the department or other county departments receiving grants-in-aid or reimbursement from the department.
2. Inconsistent with state or federal statutes, rules or regulations, in which case the department may also arrange for provision of services under this subchapter by an alternate agency. The department may not arrange for provision of services by an alternate agency unless the joint committee on finance or a review body designated by the committee reviews and approves the department's determination.
5. Inconsistent with the provisions of the county department's contract under sub. (2g).
(b) If the department withholds a portion of the allocable appropriation under par. (a), the county department under s. 46.215, 46.22 or 46.23 that is affected by the action of the department may submit to the county board of supervisors in a county with a single-county department or to its designated agent or the county boards of supervisors in counties with a multicounty department or their designated agents a plan to rectify the deficiency found by the department. The county board of supervisors or its designated agent in a county with a single-county department or the county boards of supervisors in counties with a multicounty department or their designated agents may approve or amend the plan and may submit for departmental approval the plan as adopted. If a multicounty department is administering a program, the plan may not be submitted unless each county board of supervisors which participated in the establishment of the multicounty department, or its designated agent, adopts it.
(3) Open public participation process. (a) Citizen advisory committee. Except as provided in par. (b), the county board of supervisors of each county or the county boards of supervisors of 2 or more counties jointly shall establish a citizen advisory committee to the county departments under ss. 46.215, 46.22 and 46.23. The citizen advisory committee shall advise in the formulation of the budget under sub. (1). Membership on the committee shall be determined by the county board of supervisors in a county with a single-county committee or by the county boards of supervisors in counties with a multicounty committee and shall include representatives of those persons receiving services, providers of services and citizens. A majority of the members of the committee shall be citizens and consumers of services. The committee's membership may not consist of more than 25% county supervisors, nor of more than 20% services providers. The chairperson of the committee shall be appointed by the county board of supervisors establishing it. In the case of a multicounty committee, the chairperson shall be nominated by the committee and approved by the county boards of supervisors establishing it. The county board of supervisors in a county with a single-county committee or the county boards of supervisors in counties with a multicounty committee may designate an agent to determine the membership of the committee and to appoint the committee chairperson or approve the nominee.
(b) Alternate process. The county board of supervisors or the boards of 2 or more counties acting jointly may submit a report to the department on the open public participation process used under sub. (2). The county board of supervisors may designate an agent, or the boards of 2 or more counties acting jointly may designate an agent, to submit the report. If the department approves the report, establishment of a citizen advisory committee under par. (a) is not required.
(c) Yearly report. The county board of supervisors or its designated agent, or the boards of 2 or more counties acting jointly or their designated agent, shall submit to the department a list of members of the citizen advisory committee under par. (a) or a report on the open public participation process under par. (b) on or before July 1 annually.
27,2933 Section 2933. 49.33 (1) (intro.) of the statutes is created to read:
49.33 (1) Definitions. (intro.) In this section:
27,2934 Section 2934. 49.33 (3) (title) of the statutes is created to read:
49.33 (3) (title) Rules.
27,2935 Section 2935. 49.33 (9) of the statutes is created to read:
49.33 (9) Reimbursement for income maintenance benefits. The department shall reimburse each county from the appropriations under s. 20.445 (3) (d) and (p) for 100% of the cost of aid to families with dependent children granted under s. 49.19 and for funeral expenses paid for recipients of aid under s. 49.30.
27,2936 Section 2936. 49.33 (10) of the statutes is created to read:
49.33 (10) County certification. (a) The county treasurer and each director of a county department under s. 46.215, 46.22 or 46.23 shall certify monthly under oath to the department in such manner as the department prescribes the claim of the county for state reimbursement under subs. (8) and (9) and if the department approves such claim it shall certify to the department of administration for reimbursement to the county for amounts due under these subsections and payment claimed to be made to the counties monthly. The department may make advance payments prior to the beginning of each month equal to one-twelfth of the contracted amount.
(b) To facilitate prompt reimbursement the certificate of the department may be based on the certified statements of the county officers filed under par. (a). Funds recovered from audit adjustments from a prior fiscal year may be included in subsequent certifications only to pay counties owed funds as a result of any audit adjustment. By September 30 annually, the department shall submit a report to the appropriate standing committees under s. 13.172 (3) on funds recovered and paid out during the previous calendar year as a result of audit adjustments.
27,2937 Section 2937. 49.34 of the statutes is created to read:
49.34 Purchase of care and services. (1) All services under this subchapter purchased by the department or by a county department under s. 46.215, 46.22 or 46.23 shall be authorized and contracted for under the standards established under this section. The department may require the county departments to submit the contracts to the department for review and approval. For purchases of $10,000 or less the requirement for a written contract may be waived by the department. When the department directly contracts for services, it shall follow the procedures in this section in addition to meeting purchasing requirements established in s. 16.75.
(2) All services purchased under this subchapter shall meet standards established by the department and other requirements specified by the purchaser in the contract. Based on these standards the department shall establish standards for cost accounting and management information systems that shall monitor the utilization of the services, and document the specific services in meeting the service plan for the client and the objective of the service.
(3) (a) Purchase of service contracts shall be written in accordance with rules promulgated and procedures established by the department. Contracts for client services shall show the total dollar amount to be purchased and for each service the number of clients to be served, number of client service units, the unit rate per client service and the total dollar amount for each service.
(b) Payments under a contract may be made on the basis of actual allowable costs or on the basis of a unit rate per client service multiplied by the actual client units furnished each month. The contract may be renegotiated when units vary from the contracted number. The purchaser shall determine actual marginal costs for each service unit less than or in addition to the contracted number.
(c) For proprietary agencies, contracts may include a percentage add-on for profit according to rules promulgated by the department.
(d) Reimbursement to an agency may be based on total costs agreed to by the parties regardless of the actual number of service units to be furnished, when the agency is entering into a contract for a new or expanded service that the purchaser recognizes will require a start-up period not to exceed 180 days. This reimbursement applies only if identified client needs necessitate the establishment of a new service or expansion of an existing service.
(e) If the purchaser finds it necessary to terminate a contract prior to the contract expiration date for reasons other than nonperformance by the provider, the actual cost incurred by the provider may be reimbursed in an amount determined by mutual agreement of the parties.
(f) Advance payments of up to one-twelfth of an annual contract may be allowed under the contract. If the advance payment exceeds $10,000, the provider shall supply a surety bond in an amount equal to the amount of the advance payment applied for. No surety bond is required if the provider is a state agency. The cost of the surety bond shall be allowable as an expense.
(4) For purposes of this section and as a condition of reimbursement, each provider under contract shall:
(a) Except as provided in this subsection, maintain a uniform double entry accounting system and a management information system which are compatible with cost accounting and control systems prescribed by the department.
(b) Cooperate with the department and purchaser in establishing costs for reimbursement purposes.
(c) Unless waived by the department, biennially, or annually if required under federal law, provide the purchaser with a certified financial and compliance audit report if the care and services purchased exceed $25,000. The audit shall follow standards that the department prescribes.
(d) Transfer a client from one category of care or service to another only with the approval of the purchaser.
(e) Charge a uniform schedule of fees as specified under s. 49.32 (1) unless waived by the purchaser with the approval of the department. Whenever providers recover funds attributed to the client, such funds shall offset the amount paid under the contract.
(5) Except as provided in sub. (5m), the purchaser shall recover from provider agencies money paid in excess of the conditions of the contract from subsequent payments made to the provider.
(5m) (a) In this subsection:
1. "Provider" means a nonprofit, nonstock corporation organized under ch. 181 that contracts under this section to provide client services on the basis of a unit rate per client service.
2. "Rate-based service" means a service or a group of services, as determined by the department, that is reimbursed through a prospectively set rate and that is distinguishable from other services or groups of services by the purpose for which funds are provided for that service or group of services and by the source of funding for that service or group of services.
(b) 1. Subject to subds. 2. and 3., if revenue under a contract for the provision of a rate-based service exceeds allowable costs incurred in the contract period, the provider may retain from the surplus generated by that rate-based service up to 5% of the contract amount. A provider that retains a surplus under this subdivision shall use that retained surplus to cover a deficit between revenue and allowable costs incurred in any preceding or future contract period for the same rate-based service that generated the surplus or to address the programmatic needs of clients served by the same rate-based service that generated the surplus.
2. Subject to subd. 3., a provider may accumulate funds from more than one contract period under this paragraph, except that, if at the end of a contract period the amount accumulated from all contract periods for a rate-based service exceeds 10% of the amount of all current contracts for that rate-based service, the provider shall, at the request of a purchaser, return to that purchaser the purchaser's proportional share of that excess and use any of that excess that is not returned to a purchaser to reduce the provider's unit rate per client for that rate-based service in the next contract period. If a provider has held for 4 consecutive contract periods an accumulated reserve for a rate-based service that is equal to or exceeds 10% of the amount of all current contracts for that rate-based service, the provider shall apply 50% of that accumulated amount to reducing its unit rate per client for that rate-based service in the next contract period.
3. If on December 31, 1995, the amount accumulated by a provider from all contract periods ending on or before that date for all rate-based services provided by the provider exceeds 10% of the provider's total contract amount for all rate-based services provided by the provider in 1995, the provider shall, at the request of a purchaser, return to that purchaser the purchaser's proportional share of that excess.
(f) All providers that are subject to this subsection shall comply with any financial reporting and auditing requirements that the department may prescribe. Those requirements shall include a requirement that a provider provide to any purchaser and the department any information that the department needs to claim federal reimbursement for the cost of any services purchased from the provider and a requirement that a provider provide audit reports to any purchaser and the department according to standards specified in the provider's contract and any other standards that the department may prescribe.
(6) Contracts may be renegotiated by the purchaser under conditions specified in the contract.
(7) The service provider under this section may appeal decisions of the purchaser in accordance with terms and conditions of the contract and ch. 68 or 227.
27,2938 Section 2938. 49.35 of the statutes is created to read:
49.35 Public assistance; supervisory functions of department. (1) (a) The department shall supervise the administration of programs under this subchapter. The department shall submit to the federal authorities state plans for the administration of programs under this subchapter in such form and containing such information as the federal authorities require, and shall comply with all requirements prescribed to ensure their correctness.
(b) All records of the department and all county records relating to programs under this subchapter and aid under s. 49.18, 1971 stats., s. 49.20, 1971 stats., and s. 49.61, 1971 stats., as affected by chapter 90, laws of 1973, shall be open to inspection at all reasonable hours by authorized representatives of the federal government. Notwithstanding s. 48.396 (2), all county records relating to the administration of the services and public assistance specified in this paragraph shall be open to inspection at all reasonable hours by authorized representatives of the department.
(bm) All records of the department relating to aid provided under s. 49.19 are open to inspection at reasonable hours by members of the legislature who require the information contained in the records in pursuit of a specific state legislative purpose. All records of any county relating to aid provided under s. 49.19 are open to inspection at reasonable hours by members of the board of supervisors of the county or the governing body of a city, village or town located in the county who require the information contained in the records in pursuit of a specific county or municipal legislative purpose. The right to records access provided by this paragraph does not apply if access is prohibited by federal law or regulation or if this state is required to prohibit such access as a condition precedent to participation in a federal program in which this state participates.
(c) The department may at any time audit all county records relating to the administration of the services and public assistance specified in this section and may at any time conduct administrative reviews of county departments under ss. 46.215, 46.22 and 46.23. If the department conducts such an audit or administrative review in a county, the department shall furnish a copy of the audit or administrative review report to the chairperson of the county board of supervisors and the county clerk in a county with a single-county department or to the county boards of supervisors and the county clerks in counties with a multicounty department, and to the director of the county department under s. 46.215, 46.22 or 46.23.
(2) The county administration of all laws relating to programs under this subchapter shall be vested in the officers and agencies designated in the statutes.
27,2939 Section 2939. 49.41 of the statutes is amended to read:
49.41 Assistance grants exempt from levy. All grants of aid to families with dependent children, payments made for social services, cash benefits paid by counties under s. 59.07 (154), and benefits under ss. 49.032, 49.046 and s. 49.177 or federal Title XVI, are exempt from every tax, and from execution, garnishment, attachment and every other process and shall be inalienable.
27,2940 Section 2940. 49.41 of the statutes, as affected by 1995 Wisconsin Act .... (this act), is renumbered 49.96 and amended to read:
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