An elder person may refuse to allow an investigation under this subsection. The investigator shall notify the elder person of this right to refuse before or at the point of commencing an investigation.
After the investigation is completed, the county agency or the investigating agency shall determine if the elder person or any other individual involved in the alleged abuse, material abuse, neglect or self-neglect is in need of services under this chapter or ch. 47
.From the appropriation under s. 20.435 (7) (dh)
, the department shall allocate to selected counties not less than $25,000 in each fiscal year, and within the limits of these funds and of available state and federal funds and of county funds appropriated to match the state and federal funds, the county agency shall provide the necessary direct services to the elder person or other individual or arrange for the provision of the direct services with other agencies or individuals. Those direct services provided shall be rendered under the least restrictive conditions necessary to achieve their objective.
If the county agency designated under sub. (2)
is not the aging unit, the county agency in each county shall consult with and accept advice from the aging unit with respect to the distribution of the funds for direct services that are allocated under par. (a)
An elder person may refuse to accept services unless a guardian authorizes the services. The county agency or other provider agency shall notify the elder person of this right to refuse before providing services.
The county agency or other investigating agency shall prepare a report on each investigation it conducts unless the agency finds, at the conclusion of the investigation, that the report of alleged abuse, material abuse, neglect or self-neglect is without foundation. If an agency other than the county agency conducts the investigation, it shall submit a copy of the investigation report to the county agency.
Reports of suspected abuse, material abuse, neglect or self-neglect and investigation reports under this section are confidential and may not be released by the county agency or other investigating agency, except under the following circumstances they may be released:
To the elder person and any person named in a report who is suspected of abusing or neglecting an elder person. These persons may inspect the report on the investigation, except that information identifying the person who initially reported the suspected abuse, material abuse, neglect or self-neglect may not be released.
To the protective services agency notified under sub. (5) (f)
. Information obtained under this subdivision shall remain confidential.
To an individual, organization or agency designated by the department or as required by law for the purposes of management audits or program monitoring and evaluation. Information obtained under this subdivision shall remain confidential and shall not be used in any way that discloses the names or other identifying information about the individuals involved.
For purposes of research if the research project has been approved by the department or the county agency and the researcher has provided assurances that the information will be used only for the purposes for which it was provided to the researcher, the information will not be released to a person not connected with the study under consideration, and the final product of the research will not reveal information that may serve to identify the individuals involved. Such information shall remain confidential. In approving research projects under this subdivision, the department shall impose any additional safeguards needed to prevent unwarranted disclosure of information.
To any agency or individual that provides direct services under sub. (5m)
. Information obtained under this subdivision shall remain confidential.
To the guardian of the elder person or the guardian of any person named in a report who is suspected of abusing or neglecting an elder person. These persons may inspect the report on the investigation, except that information identifying the person who initially reported the suspected abuse, material abuse, neglect or self-neglect may not be released.
To law enforcement officials in accordance with the policy developed under sub. (3) (a)
Any person, including the state or any political subdivision of the state, violating this subsection shall be liable to any person damaged as a result of the violation for such damages as may be proved, together with exemplary damages of not less than $100 nor more than $500 for each violation and such costs and reasonable actual attorney fees as may be incurred by the person damaged. A custodian of records incurs no liability under this subdivision for the release of records in accordance with this subsection while acting in good faith.
In any action brought under subd. 1.
in which the court determines that the violator acted in a manner that was knowing and wilful, the violator shall be liable for such damages as may be proved together with exemplary damages of not less than $500 nor more than $1,000 for each violation, together with costs and reasonable actual attorney fees as may be incurred. It is not a prerequisite to an action under this paragraph that the plaintiff suffer or be threatened with actual damages.
An individual may bring an action to enjoin any violation of this subsection or to compel compliance with this subsection, and may in the same action seek damages as provided in this paragraph. The individual may recover costs and reasonable actual attorney fees as may be incurred in the action, if he or she prevails.
Any person who requests or obtains confidential information under this subsection under false pretenses may be fined not more than $500 or imprisoned not more than one year in the county jail or both.
Any employe who violates this subsection may be subject to discharge or suspension without pay.
Nothing in this section shall be construed to mean that a person is abused, neglected or in need of direct or protective services solely because he or she consistently relies upon treatment by spiritual means through prayer for healing in accordance with his or her religious tradition.
The department shall develop a plan to assist county agencies in determining appropriate responses to reports of abuse, material abuse, neglect or self-neglect.
The department shall prepare and distribute sample report forms for use by county agencies.
The department shall collect statistical information from each county pertaining to each reported case of abuse, material abuse, neglect or self-neglect. The department may require investigators to submit statements to the department that summarize the information being reported. These summary statements may not name or otherwise identify individual persons. The department shall use this information to review the effectiveness of this section, to plan program changes and to formulate reports.
The department shall develop and disseminate information on elder abuse and the elder abuse reporting system under this section. The department shall also develop informational materials to be used by county agencies regarding elder abuse and the elder abuse reporting system. The department shall solicit contributions of labor, materials and expertise from private sources to assist in developing the informational materials.
Adolescent pregnancy prevention programs and pregnancy services. 46.93(1)
The legislature finds that the 1,100,000 annual unintended or unwanted adolescent pregnancies in the United States, as estimated by the federal national center for health statistics, is a tragic and undesirable consequence of complex societal problems. The legislature recognizes that there is a lack of adequate health care, education, counseling and vocational training for adolescents which may provide positive options to adolescents in the area of pregnancy and parenting. To reduce the incidence, and adverse consequences, of adolescent pregnancy, the legislature finds that adolescent pregnancy prevention programs and pregnancy services are essential to encourage and implement community programs which address the complex societal problems facing adolescents and provide positive options to adolescent pregnancy.
"Adolescent" means a person under the age of 18 years.
"Board" means the adolescent pregnancy prevention and pregnancy services board under s. 15.195 (5)
"Nonprofit corporation" means a nonstock corporation that is organized under ch. 181
and that is a nonprofit corporation, as defined in s. 181.0103 (17)
"Organization" means a nonprofit corporation or a public agency which provides or proposes to provide adolescent pregnancy prevention programs or pregnancy services or both.
"Public agency" means a county, city, village, town or school district or an agency of this state or of a county, city, village, town or school district.
(2) Purpose; allocation.
From the appropriation under s. 20.434 (1) (b)
, the board shall award not more than $439,300 in each of fiscal years 1997-98 and 1998-99 for grants to organizations to provide adolescent pregnancy prevention programs or pregnancy services that include health care, education, counseling and vocational training. Types of services and programs that are eligible for grants include all of the following:
Adolescent health clinics located in schools.
A statewide communications media campaign to discourage adolescent sexual activity and encourage the assumption of responsibility by adolescents, including male adolescent responsibility, for their sexual activity and for parenting.
Residential facilities for pregnant adolescents.
Adult role model programs for adolescents.
Each organization that receives a grant under this section shall provide matching funds equal to 20% of the grant amount awarded. The match may be in the form of money or in-kind services or both, but any moneys used by an organization toward a match may not include moneys received from the state government.
Each grant application shall include proof of the organization's ability to comply with par. (a)
. Any proposed match under par. (a)
that includes in-kind services is subject to the approval of the board.
(3) Staff and salaries.
The salaries of the board staff and all actual and necessary operating expenses of the board shall be paid from the appropriation under s. 20.434 (1) (a)
(3m) Limitations on grant award and use.
The board in awarding grants under sub. (2)
may not disapprove an application from an applying organization solely because the applying organization has a religious affiliation. The following activities are prohibited under any grant award under sub. (2)
The existence of restrictions, based on religion or absence of religion, on persons applying for or receiving services under the grant.
The supplying or promotion of written material that has a religious context.
(4) Prohibited uses of funds.
Funds received by an organization under a grant awarded under this section may not be used for any of the following:
Purchasing or dispensing contraceptives in adolescent health clinics located in schools.
Advertising abortion services in a statewide communications media campaign.
Constitutionality of administration of grant monies by board discussed. 76 Atty. Gen. 233
Domestic abuse grants. 46.95(1)
In this section:
"Domestic abuse" means physical abuse, including a violation of s. 940.225 (1)
, or any threat of physical abuse between adult family or adult household members, by a minor family or minor household member against an adult family or adult household member, by an adult against his or her adult former spouse or by an adult against an adult with whom the person has a child in common.
"Family member" means a spouse, a parent, a child or a person related by consanguinity to another person.
"Household member" means a person currently or formerly residing in a place of abode with another person.
"Organization" means a nonprofit corporation, a public agency or a federally recognized American Indian tribe or band that provides or proposes to provide any of the following domestic abuse services:
Shelter facilities or private home shelter care.
The secretary shall make grants from the appropriations under s. 20.435 (3) (cd)
to organizations for the provision of any of the services specified in sub. (1) (d)
. Grants may be made to organizations which have provided those domestic abuse services in the past or to organizations which propose to provide those services in the future. No grant may be made to fund services for child or unborn child abuse or abuse of elderly persons.
In reviewing applications for grants, the department shall consider:
The need for domestic abuse services in the specific community in which the applicant provides services or proposes to provide services.
Coordination of the organization's services with other resources in the community and the state.
The need for domestic abuse services in the areas of the state served by each health systems agency, as defined in s. 140.83 (1)
, 1985 stats.
Maintenance of effort, by a city, village, town or county.
No grant may be made to an organization which provides or will provide shelter facilities unless the department of commerce determines that the physical plant of the facility will not be dangerous to the health or safety of the residents when the facility is in operation. No grant may be given to an organization which provides or will provide shelter facilities or private home shelter care unless the organization ensures that the following services will be provided either by that organization or by another organization, person or agency:
Arrangements for education of school-age children.
No organization may receive more than 70% of its operating budget from grants under this section.
Not more than 33 1/3% of the 30% of an organization's operating budget not funded by grants under this section may consist of the value of in-kind contributions. The department shall establish guidelines regarding which contributions qualify as in-kind contributions.
In funding new domestic abuse services, the department shall give preference to services in areas of the state where these services are not otherwise available.
Award $545,000 in grants in fiscal year 1997-98 and $995,000 in grants in each fiscal year thereafter to organizations for domestic abuse services that are targeted to children. In awarding the grants, the department shall use a competitive request-for-proposals process and, to the extent possible, shall ensure that the grants are equally distributed on a statewide basis.