2013 - 2014 LEGISLATURE
November 21, 2013 - Introduced by Senators Petrowski, Moulton,
Taylor, Harris, Lassa, Wirch and Lehman, cosponsored by Representatives
Sanfelippo, Tranel, Pasch, Severson, Jagler, Tittl, Murphy, Spiros,
Steineke, Bies, Petryk, Czaja, Ballweg, Brooks, Bernier, A. Ott, Wachs,
Bernard Schaber, Danou, Hulsey and Jorgensen. Referred to Committee on
Health and Human Services.
1An Act to create
20.435 (5) (br) and 46.545 of the statutes; relating to:
2individual placement and support program for employment of individuals
3experiencing mental illness and making an appropriation.
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
This bill requires the Department of Health Services (DHS) to create five
regional centers for individual placement and support (IPS) for employment of
individual experiencing mental illness. DHS must ensure that each of the state's
counties is served by one of the regional centers. DHS is allowed to contract with
existing organizations or consortiums to create a regional center. DHS and the
regional centers must provide or arrange for work incentive benefits counseling for
individuals who are not receiving vocational rehabilitation services from the
Department of Workforce Development. DHS is required to award grants to
employment sites that are implementing IPS services or regional centers for certain
activities. The allocation for the moneys and grant awards for IPS programs for the
2013-2015 biennium is specified in the bill.
Under the bill, DHS must ensure that each regional center has access to the
services of an IPS trainer or mentor and an IPS supervisor. A trainer or mentor has
the responsibility to monitor infrastructure grants, coordinate training with DHS,
train employers on IPS practices, conduct visits twice per month to supervisors of
employees hired under IPS to assist with implementation of effective practices, and
review IPS programs every six months until the programs achieve good fidelity to the
evidence-based model. An IPS supervisor has responsibilities that include
developing training for employment specialists at work sites, creating a vocational
unit that includes employment specialists, and providing supervision of program
outcomes in accordance with the evidence-based model.
For further information see the state fiscal estimate, which will be printed as
an appendix to this bill.
The people of the state of Wisconsin, represented in senate and assembly, do
enact as follows:
20.005 (3) (schedule) of the statutes: at the appropriate place, insert 2
the following amounts for the purposes indicated:
- See PDF for table
20.435 (5) (br) of the statutes is created to read:
(br) Individual placement and support.
Biennially, the amounts in 5
the schedule for operating and providing grants for the individual placement and 6
support program for employment of individuals experiencing mental illness under 7
46.545 of the statutes is created to read:
946.545 Individual placement and support. (1)
(a) The department shall 10
create all of the following regional centers for individual placement and support for 11
employment of individuals experiencing mental illness.
1. A northwestern Wisconsin region.
2. A south-central Wisconsin region.
3. A region consisting of a consortium of counties in northeastern Wisconsin.
4. A region consisting of a consortium of counties in central Wisconsin.
5. A region consisting of Milwaukee, Waukesha, and Racine Counties.
(b) The department shall ensure that each county in the state is served by one 4
of the regional centers created under par. (a).
(c) The department may contract with existing organizations or consortiums 6
to create any regional center.
The department shall ensure that each regional center created under sub. 8
(1) (a) has access to the services of all of the following:
(a) An individual placement and support trainer or mentor, who is responsible 10
for all of the following:
1. Monitoring infrastructure grants.
2. Coordinating training with the department.
3. Training employers on individual placement and support practices.
4. Conducting visits twice per month to supervisors of employees hired under 15
individual placement and support to assist with implementation of effective 16
5. Reviewing individual placement and support programs every 6 months until 18
the programs achieve good fidelity to the evidence-based model.
(b) An individual placement and support supervisor, whose responsibilities 20
include all of the following:
1. Developing training for employment specialists at work sites.
2. Creating a vocational unit of employment specialists that with the 23
supervisor comprise the individual placement and support team.
3. Providing supervision of program outcomes in accordance with the 25
The department shall award grants to employment sites that are 2
implementing individual placement and support services or regional centers for any 3
of the following activities:
(a) Implementing individual placement and support programs.
(b) Offsetting costs until a program is capable of billing the Medical Assistance 6
(c) Becoming a provider of vocational rehabilitation services through the 8
department of workforce development.
The department and regional centers shall provide or arrange for work 10
incentive benefits counseling for individuals who are not receiving vocational 11
rehabilitation services from the department of workforce development.
(1) Individual placement and support funding.
(a) In the 2013-2015 fiscal biennium, from the appropriation under section 15
20.435 (5) (br) of the statutes, as created by this act, the department of health 16
services shall award grants and provide moneys for individual placement and 17
support as described under section 46.545 of the statutes to be distributed in all of 18
the following allocations:
1. Three individual placement and support trainers or mentors at an amount 20
of $75,000 for each trainer or mentor with $50,000 of each $75,000 being the base 21
2. Three individual placement and support supervisors at an amount of 23
$75,000 for each supervisor with $50,000 of each $75,000 being the base salary.
3. Infrastructure pilot grants in the total amount of $400,000 to be distributed 25
as described in paragraph (b).
4. Work incentive benefits counseling for 100 individuals statewide at the 2
amount of $1,200 for each individual who is provided counseling.
(b) The department shall award the grants under paragraph (a
) 3. using a 4
graduated outcome or incentive payment schedule with all of the following amounts 5
being awarded when the grant applicant satisfies certain criteria:
1. $2,500 for each grant applicant when that applicant develops a steering 7
committee, completes agreements with the department of workforce development, 8
becomes a vocational rehabilitation service provider, hires staff and hosts an event 9
indicating readiness to provide services.