Release any record of the community action agency for examination or copying upon request, unless disclosure would constitute an unwarranted invasion of an individual's privacy. Each community action agency shall require its agents to make their records similarly available. Each community action agency shall hold public hearings on request to provide information and to receive comments about its activities.
Appoint a representative or representatives to the citizen advisory committee under s. 46.031 (3) (a)
, in order to participate in developing and implementing programs designed to serve the poor.
Create a community action program. If the community action agency creates a program, it shall plan, coordinate, administer and evaluate the program. A community action program may include provisions that will help poor persons:
Obtain and maintain adequate housing and a suitable living environment.
Obtain emergency assistance. Through its program, the community action agency may provide emergency supplies or services to meet basic needs.
Create methods by which poor persons can work with private groups to solve common problems.
Research the causes of and problems created by poverty in the community.
Determine if programs to reduce poverty are working effectively.
Initiate and sponsor projects to aid poor persons that provide otherwise unavailable services.
Transmit information between public and private organizations and otherwise coordinate the provision of public and private social services programs to eliminate overlap and ensure effective delivery of the programs.
Contract with other persons to perform the community action agency's functions. The community action agency may delegate responsibility for funding or administering its programs or for making policy determinations concerning a particular geographic area of the community it serves only if poor persons represent at least one-third of the members of the governing body of the agent being delegated this responsibility.
Apply for funds from various sources to support a community action program.
The department shall allocate at least 90% of the funds received under 42 USC 9903
to community action agencies and organizations.
The department may not allocate more than 5% of the funds received under 42 USC 9903
for state administrative expenses.
Before January 1 of each year the department shall contract with each agency and organization being funded, specifying the amount of money the organization will receive under this section and the activities to be carried out by the organization.
Employe counseling referral programs.
The department may provide technical assistance to municipalities, counties, school districts and private employers for referral programs for employe counseling. The department may charge fees to cover the costs of these services.
History: 1989 a. 31
Emission standards for hazardous air contaminants.
The department may assist the department of natural resources in the development of emission standards for hazardous air contaminants under s. 285.27 (2) (b)
History: 1993 a. 16
; 1995 a. 227
Certain water and sewerage service in Winnebago county.
The department as a member of the tri-institutional Winnebago mental health institute, Winnebago county asylum and Sunny View sanatorium sewer agreement in Winnebago county is authorized to furnish and charge for water and sewage services to business and dwelling units located in the privately owned area lying west of the Winnebago mental health institute and bounded on the west by the railroad properties and on the north, east and south by the grounds of the Winnebago mental health institute, together with such dwelling or other units as now exist or as may be erected on the railroad and state owned property adjacent to this area.
History: 1973 c. 90
s. 560 (3)
Community aids funding. 46.40(1)(a)(a)
Within the limits of available federal funds and of the appropriations under s. 20.435 (3) (o)
and (7) (b)
, the department shall distribute funds for community social, mental health, developmental disabilities and alcohol and other drug abuse services and for services under ss. 46.51
to county departments under ss. 46.215
and to county aging units, as provided in subs. (2)
Notwithstanding s. 46.49
, if the department receives any federal moneys under 42 USC 670
in reimbursement of moneys allocated under par. (a)
for the provision of foster care, the department shall distribute those federal moneys for services and projects to assist children and families and for the purposes specified in s. 46.46
The Milwaukee County department of social services shall report to the department in a manner specified by the department on all children under the supervision of the Milwaukee County department of social services who are placed in foster homes and whose foster parents receive funding for child care from the amounts distributed under par. (a)
so that the department may claim federal foster care and adoption assistance reimbursement under 42 USC 670
for the amounts expended by the Milwaukee County department of social services for the provision of child care for those children. Notwithstanding s. 46.49
, if the department receives any federal moneys under 42 USC 670
in reimbursement of the amounts expended by the Milwaukee County department of social services for the provision of child care for children in foster care in 1996 and 1997, the department shall distribute those federal moneys to the Milwaukee County department of social services for the provision of child care for children in foster care.
(2) Basic county allocation.
For social services under s. 46.495 (1) (d)
and services under s. 51.423 (2)
, the department shall distribute not more than $285,081,000 for fiscal year 1997-98 and $284,948,500 for fiscal year 1998-99.
(2m) Federal block grant allocations. 46.40(2m)(a)(a)
Prevention and treatment of substance abuse.
For prevention and treatment of substance abuse under 42 USC 300x-21
, the department shall distribute not more than $10,493,900 in fiscal year 1997-98 and not more than $10,224,100 in fiscal year 1998-99.
Community mental health services.
For community mental health services under 42 USC 300x
, the department shall distribute not more than $2,513,400 in each fiscal year.
(3) Tribal child care.
For child care services under 42 USC 9858
, the department shall distribute not more than $412,800 in each fiscal year from the appropriation account under s. 20.435 (7) (b)
to federally recognized American Indian tribes or bands. A tribe or band that receives funding under this subsection shall use that funding to provide child care for an eligible child, as defined in 42 USC 9858n
(7) Family support allocation.
For family support programs for the families of disabled children under s. 46.985
, the department shall distribute not more than $4,339,800 in each fiscal year.
(7m) Use by county of community aids funds to pay private attorneys for certain proceedings under the children's code.
Upon application by a county department under s. 46.215
to the department for permission to use funds allocated to that county department under sub. (2)
to employ private counsel for the purposes specified in this subsection and a determination by the department that use of funds for those purposes does not affect any federal grants or federal funding allocated under this section, the department and the county department shall execute a contract authorizing the county department to expend, as agreed upon in the contract, funds allocated to that county department under sub. (2)
to permit the county department to employ private counsel to represent the interests of the state or county in proceedings under ch. 48
relating to child abuse or neglect cases, unborn child abuse cases, proceedings to terminate parental rights and any ch. 48
cases or proceedings involving the Indian child welfare act, 25 USC 1901
(8) Alzheimer's family and caregiver support allocation.
For services to persons with Alzheimer's disease and their caregivers under s. 46.87
, the department shall distribute not more than $1,877,000 for each fiscal year.
(14m) County community aids budgets.
Before December 1 of each year, each county department under ss. 46.215
and each tribal governing body shall submit to the department a proposed budget for the expenditure of funds allocated under this section, distributed under s. 46.45 (2) (a)
or carried forward under s. 46.45 (3) (a)
. The proposed budget shall be submitted on a form developed by the department and approved by the department of administration.
History: 1987 a. 27
; 1989 a. 31
; 1991 a. 6
; 1993 a. 16
; 1995 a. 27
; 1997 a. 27
Carry-over of community aids funds.
Funds allocated by the department under ss. 46.495 (1) (d)
, 46.87 (3) (c) 4.
and 51.423 (2)
but not spent or encumbered by counties, governing bodies of federally recognized American Indian tribes or private nonprofit organizations by December 31 of each year and funds recovered under ss. 46.495 (2) (b)
and 51.423 (15)
and deposited in the appropriation under s. 20.435 (7) (b)
lapse to the general fund on the succeeding January 1 unless carried forward to the next calendar year under s. 20.435 (7) (b)
or as follows:
If on December 31 of any year there remains unspent or unencumbered in the allocation under s. 46.40 (2)
an amount that exceeds the amount received under 42 USC 670
and allocated under s. 46.40 (2)
in that year, the department shall carry forward the excess moneys and distribute not less than 50% of the excess moneys to counties having a population of less than 500,000 for services and projects to assist children and families, notwithstanding the percentage limit specified in sub. (3) (a)
. A county shall use not less than 50% of the moneys distributed to the county under this subsection for services for children who are at risk of abuse or neglect to prevent the need for child abuse and neglect intervention services.
A county may not use any moneys distributed under par. (a)
to supplant any other moneys expended by the county for services and projects to assist children and families in a base year determined by the department.
The department shall credit to the appropriation account under s. 20.435 (8) (mb)
any moneys carried forward under par. (a)
, but not distributed to counties, and may expend those moneys as provided in s. 46.46
Except as provided in par. (b)
, at the request of a county, tribal governing body or private nonprofit organization, the department shall carry forward up to 3% of the total amount allocated to the county, tribal governing body or nonprofit organization for a calendar year. All funds carried forward for a tribal governing body or nonprofit organization, all federal child welfare funds under 42 USC 620
and all funds allocated under s. 46.40 (2m)
carried forward for a county shall be used for the purpose for which the funds were originally allocated. Except as provided under par. (am)
, other funds carried forward may be used for any purpose under s. 20.435 (7) (b)
A county may not use any funds carried forward under par. (a)
for administrative or staff costs.
The department may not carry forward funds allocated to a private nonprofit organization for a calendar year for use in the next calendar year unless the organization continues to be eligible to receive an allocation under s. 46.87 (4)
in the next calendar year.
The department may carry forward 10% of any funds not carried forward under sub. (3)
for emergencies, for justifiable unit services costs above planned levels and to provide compensation for increased costs due to population shifts.
Expenditure of income augmentation services receipts. 46.46(2)
If the department proposes to use any moneys from the appropriation account under s. 20.435 (8) (mb)
for any purpose other than the purpose specified in sub. (1)
, the department shall submit a plan for the proposed use of those moneys to the secretary of administration. If the secretary of administration approves the plan, he or she shall submit the plan to the joint committee on finance. If the cochairpersons of the committee do not notify the secretary of administration within 14 working days after the date of submittal of the plan that the committee has scheduled a meeting for the purpose of reviewing the plan, the department may implement the plan. If within 14 working days after the date of the submittal by the secretary of administration the cochairpersons of the committee notify him or her that the committee has scheduled a meeting for the purpose of reviewing the plan, the department may implement the plan only with the approval of the committee.
History: 1997 a. 27
Community aids performance standards.
The department, after consultation with the department of administration and with county departments under ss. 46.215
, shall develop performance standards for services funded by community aids funds allocated under s. 46.40
. The department shall implement the performance standards no later than July 1, 1996.
History: 1987 a. 27
; 1995 a. 27
Grants for community programs. 46.48(1)
From the appropriation under s. 20.435 (7) (bc)
, the department shall distribute grants for community programs as provided in this section.
(3) Foster care placement continuation. 46.48(3)(a)(a)
The department shall distribute $497,200 in each fiscal year to counties for the purpose of supplementing payments for the care of an individual who attains age 18 after 1986 and who resided in a foster home, as defined in s. 48.02 (6)
, or a treatment foster home, as defined in s. 48.02 (17q)
, for at least 2 years immediately prior to attaining age 18 and, for at least 2 years, received exceptional foster care or treatment foster care payments in order to avoid institutionalization, as provided under rules promulgated by the department, so that the individual may live in a family home or other noninstitutional situation after attaining age 18. No county may use funds provided under this paragraph to replace funds previously used by the county for this purpose.
A county shall evaluate the proposed living arrangement of an individual under par. (a)
to determine whether that living arrangement is cost-effective compared to other care reasonably available to the county including other community care as well as institutional care. If the proposed living arrangement is not cost-effective, the county may not use funds distributed under par. (a)
for the care of that individual in the proposed living arrangement. A county shall evaluate the cost-effectiveness of the living arrangement of an individual for whom funds are provided under par. (a)
at least once every 5 years.
(4) Treatment alternative program.
For grants under s. 46.65
, the department shall award not more than $261,300 in each fiscal year as grants to applicants that have previously received grants under s. 46.65
(5) Alcohol and other drug abuse residential treatment.
For funding of at least 8 beds at a community-based residential facility in which English and Spanish are spoken, to provide treatment for alcohol and other drug abuse to residents of a 1st class city, the department may distribute not more than $248,200 for each fiscal year as a grant to the New Beginning residential treatment program in the city of Milwaukee.
(6) Career youth development center.
The department shall distribute $110,000 in each fiscal year to the career youth development center in the city of Milwaukee. Of these amounts, $80,000 shall be distributed in each fiscal year for the operation of a minority youth substance abuse treatment program and $30,000 shall be distributed in each fiscal year for drug prevention programs for high school athletes in the Milwaukee public school system.
(7) Services to residents of Christian league for the handicapped.
The department shall distribute $53,800 in each fiscal year to county departments under s. 46.23
of the counties that are fiscally responsible for persons who resided in the Christian league for the handicapped in Walworth county on the date that the facility gave up its status as a medical assistance provider for the purpose of providing services to those persons.
(8) Prisoner reintegration program. 46.48(8)(b)
The department shall award $125,000 in each fiscal year as a grant to an organization or a group of organizations to provide a pilot program in Milwaukee county for prisoner reintegration.
The department shall provide application procedures and selection criteria for awarding the grant under par. (b)
in accordance with that department's request-for-proposal procedures.
The program under par. (b)
shall provide at least all of the following:
The use of liaisons to meet with prospective program participants to provide information about the program and to assist program participants, prior to their release on extended supervision or parole, in planning for and obtaining the housing, employment, education and treatment that they will need upon release.
The use of mentors to assist participants in their reintegration into the community.
(9) Police athletic league recreational activities.
The department shall award $5,000 in each fiscal year as a grant to the Milwaukee police athletic league to purchase sports and recreational equipment for a gymnasium facility located at 2449 N. 36th Street in the city of Milwaukee and for a gymnasium facility located at 2544 N. 30th Street in the city of Milwaukee, and to contribute to the operating expenses of those gymnasium facilities.
(10) Competency examinations.
The department shall provide not more than $484,300 in each fiscal year to a county with a population of 500,000 or more to fund examinations under s. 971.14 (2)
in that county.
(13) Supported employment opportunities.
The department shall distribute at least $60,000 in each fiscal year for programs to provide supported employment opportunities for severely disabled persons.
(14) Epilepsy services grants.
The department shall distribute not more than $150,000 in each fiscal year for grants under s. 46.57
for services to persons with epilepsy.
(26) Community improvement job training.
The department shall award $250,000 in each fiscal year, beginning in fiscal year 1994-95, as a grant to a community organization to conduct a community improvement job training program which shall do all of the following:
Provide job training, counseling and education for persons 16 to 23 years of age who reside in neighborhoods that have gang problems.
Provide projects to rebuild and strengthen neighborhoods that have gang problems.
Assist program participants who want to start their own small businesses by referring those participants to sources of grants, loans, venture capital and other funding and by assisting those participants with the funding application process.