2015 - 2016 LEGISLATURE
January 22, 2016 - Introduced by Representatives Rohrkaste, Hesselbein,
Bernier, Novak, Tittl, Brostoff, Meyers, Jagler, Kolste, Czaja, Macco,
Skowronski, Katsma, Petryk, Swearingen, Kleefisch, Quinn, Kitchens,
Kahl, A. Ott, Ripp, Zepnick, Spiros, Subeck, Murphy, E. Brooks, Sargent,
Kulp, Ballweg, Nygren, Ohnstad, Johnson, Sanfelippo, Jarchow, Allen,
Knodl, Steineke, Sinicki, Born and Spreitzer, cosponsored by Senators
Olsen, Carpenter, C. Larson and Hansen. Referred to Committee on Mental
1An Act relating to: report on dementia crisis unit pilot program and placement
2of individuals with dementia.
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
This bill requires the Department of Health Services to prepare a report
describing where individuals who have dementia are currently placed in crisis
situations and proposing a pilot program for coalitions of two or more counties to
create dementia crisis units.
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:
(1) (a) In this subsection:
1. "Dementia crisis unit" means a unit or part of a unit of a public or private 6
facility that is qualified, competent, and equipped to provide diagnosis, evaluation, 7
and treatment of dementia and medical, psychiatric, and behavioral care to
individuals who have dementia and that provides a therapeutic environment that is 2
appropriate for and designed to prevent harm to individuals who have dementia.
2. "Department" means the department of health services.
(b) Before November 1, 2016, the department shall prepare a report describing 5
where individuals who have dementia are currently placed in crisis situations and 6
proposing a pilot program for coalitions of 2 or more counties to create dementia crisis 7
units. The department shall submit the report under this paragraph to the 8
appropriate standing committees of the legislature with jurisdiction over health, 9
aging and long-term care, or mental health issues under section 13.172 (3) of the 10