2017 - 2018 LEGISLATURE
December 27, 2017 - Introduced by Representatives Snyder, Doyle, Katsma,
Billings, Kitchens, Crowley, Rodriguez, Meyers, Pronschinske, Subeck,
Novak, Ballweg, Anderson, Barca, Berceau, E. Brooks, Genrich, Jacque,
Jagler, Krug, Kulp, Mursau, Petersen, Petryk, Quinn, Ripp, Rohrkaste,
Sargent, Schraa, Shankland, Sinicki, Spiros, Spreitzer, Steineke,
Summerfield, C. Taylor, Tittl, Tranel, VanderMeer and Vruwink,
cosponsored by Senators Petrowski, Johnson, Bewley, Larson, Olsen, L.
Taylor and Vinehout. Referred to Committee on Children and Families.
1An Act to create
49.175 (1) (uk) of the statutes; relating to: funding for child
2abuse and neglect prevention grants.
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
Under current law, the Department of Children and Families is directed to
allocate in each fiscal year specific amounts of money, including federal moneys
received under the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) block grant
program, for various public assistance programs. This bill directs $500,000 of TANF
funding in each fiscal year to be used for grants to counties, nonprofit organizations,
or tribes to fund child abuse and neglect prevention services. The bill requires DCF
to award the grants with the purpose of encouraging innovative practices aimed at
reducing the contact that families may have with the child welfare system and
preventing the removal of children from their homes. The bill requires a grant
recipient to provide matching funds equal to 9.89 percent of the grant amount
awarded. The bill requires DCF to evaluate the grant program and, starting June
30, 2021, and in each odd-numbered year thereafter, report on the evaluation to the
appropriate standing committees of the legislature.
For further information see the state and local 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:
49.175 (1) (uk) of the statutes is created to read:
(uk) Grants for prevention services.
For grants to counties, nonprofit 3
organizations, or tribes to fund child abuse and neglect prevention services, $500,000 4
in each fiscal year. The department shall award the grants with the purpose of 5
encouraging innovative practices aimed at reducing the contact that families have 6
with the child welfare system and preventing the removal of children from their 7
homes. A grant recipient shall provide matching funds equal to 9.89 percent of the 8
grant amount awarded. The department shall conduct an evaluation of the 9
effectiveness of the grant program in achieving its stated goals and, by June 30, 2021, 10
and each odd-numbered year thereafter, shall submit a report on that evaluation to 11
the appropriate standing committees under s. 13.172 (3).