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2017 - 2018 LEGISLATURE
January 8, 2018 - Introduced by Representatives Macco, Berceau, Quinn, Allen,
Anderson, R. Brooks, Duchow, Edming, Genrich, Jacque, Katsma,
Loudenbeck, Petryk, Rohrkaste, Sargent, Shankland, Steffen, C. Taylor,
Thiesfeldt and Tittl, cosponsored by Senators Feyen, Bewley, Cowles and
Ringhand. Referred to Committee on Workforce Development.
AB819,1,3 1An Act to amend 20.438 (1) (a); and to create 46.2898 of the statutes; relating
2to:
employment of individuals with disabilities enrolled in long-term care
3programs and making an appropriation.
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
This bill requires the Board for People with Developmental Disabilities to
develop a program to provide coaching for the hiring of individuals with disabilities.
“Coaching,” under this bill, is providing specific, targeted supports to a business,
school district, or vocational agency that demonstrates how coworkers can provide
internal support to a coworker with a disability, eliminating the need for a job coach
or other individual from outside of the employer. BPDD is required to take certain
actions specified in the bill for the coaching program. BPDD is required to provide
the coaching to private and nonprofit businesses and to schools, care management
organizations that administer Family Care or the Family Care Partnership
Program, consultant agencies that assist enrollees in the self-directed services
option known as IRIS, and other employment services providers for the state's
long-term care programs.
The bill requires BPDD to request proposals from those businesses, schools,
care management organizations, consultant agencies, and employment services
providers to participate in a coaching program for the hiring of individuals with
disabilities. The bill then requires BPDD to provide coaching and award grants to
those entities that meet criteria specified in the bill.

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:
AB819,1 1Section 1 . 20.438 (1) (a) of the statutes is amended to read:
AB819,2,42 20.438 (1) (a) General program operations. The amounts in the schedule to be
3used for general program operations of the board for people with developmental
4disabilities, including for providing grants under s. 46.2898.
AB819,2 5Section 2. 46.2898 of the statutes is created to read:
AB819,2,7 646.2898 Employment of individuals with disabilities; long-term care
7programs.
(1) Definitions. In this section:
AB819,2,88 (a) “Board” means the board for people with developmental disabilities.
AB819,2,129 (b) “Coaching” means providing specific, targeted supports to a business, school
10district, or vocational agency that demonstrates how coworkers can provide internal
11support to a coworker with a disability, eliminating the need for a job coach or other
12individual from outside of the employer.
AB819,2,1413 (c) “Family care” means the program that provided the family care benefit as
14defined in s. 46.2805 (4).
AB819,2,1715 (d) “Internal support” means primary employment support for an individual
16with disabilities provided by an employer or employees of the employer and not by
17a job coach or other individual from outside the employer.
AB819,2,2018 (e) “Qualified employee” means an individual with a disability that is an
19enrollee of family care, the Family Care Partnership Program, or the self-directed
20services option.
AB819,2,2121 (f) “Self-directed services option” has the meaning given in s. 46.2899 (1).
AB819,3,3
1(2) Coaching program established. The board shall develop a program to
2provide coaching for the hiring of individuals with disabilities and shall do all of the
3following:
AB819,3,54 (a) Develop a model of coaching businesses in the hiring and employment of
5individuals with disabilities that engages businesses directly.
AB819,3,86 (b) Expand awareness and competence across the private sector in hiring
7individuals with significant disabilities who are enrollees of family care, the Family
8Care Partnership Program, or the self-directed services option.
AB819,3,119 (c) Collaborate with individuals and businesses that hire and provide internal
10support for individuals with disabilities to develop tools and training programs for
11use in other businesses.
AB819,3,1412 (d) Coordinate with the department of public instruction to explore the use of
13business-supported employment of individuals with disabilities in the school-age
14population.
AB819,3,1615 (e) Include travel costs in costs available for any reimbursement, including
16grants awarded for meeting criteria under sub. (4) (b).
AB819,3,21 17(3) Coaching; board duties. The board shall provide the coaching described
18under sub. (2) to private and nonprofit businesses and to schools, care management
19organizations that administer family care or the Family Care Partnership Program,
20consultant agencies that assist enrollees of the self-directed services option, and
21other employment services providers for the state's long-term care programs.
AB819,3,24 22(4) Coaching recipients; grants. (a) The board shall request proposals from
23any of the following to participate in a coaching program for the hiring of qualified
24employees:
AB819,3,2525 1. Public schools.
AB819,4,2
12. Care management organizations that administer family care or the Family
2Care Partnership Program.
AB819,4,33 3. Consultant agencies that assist enrollees of the self-directed services option.
AB819,4,44 4. Employment services providers for the state's long-term care programs.
AB819,4,55 5. Private businesses.
AB819,4,86 (b) From the appropriation under s. 20.438 (1) (a), the board shall provide
7coaching and award grants to entities described under par. (a) that meet all of the
8following criteria:
AB819,4,109 1. Annually, the entity submits a report to the board containing all of the
10following:
AB819,4,1211 a. The number of individuals with disabilities hired by the entity that provides
12supported employment through a business-based internal support model.
AB819,4,1513 b. The wages and hours worked of employees with disabilities hired by the
14entity that provides supported employment through a business-based internal
15support model.
AB819,4,1816 c. The number of businesses receiving coaching from the entity that hire and
17employ individuals with disabilities and that provide internal support for those
18individuals.
AB819,4,2119 2. The entity demonstrates an increase in the number of businesses hiring and
20employing individuals with disabilities and providing internal support for those
21individuals.
AB819,5,222 3. The entity demonstrates a reduction in public spending on employment
23supports for individuals with disabilities by a minimum of 25 percent compared to
24previous costs or cost estimates. The entity shall provide information on this

1reduction and a description of the impact of the program under this section in the
2annual report under subd. 1.
AB819,5,33 4. The entity meets other outcome measures as determined by the board.
AB819,3 4Section 3. Fiscal changes.
AB819,5,135 (1) Employment of individuals with disabilities. In the schedule under section
620.005 (3) of the statutes for the appropriation to the board for people with
7developmental disabilities under section 20.438 (1) (a) of the statutes, the dollar
8amount for fiscal year 2017-18 is increased by $75,000 to implement the coaching
9program and award grants under section 46.2898 of the statutes. In the schedule
10under section 20.005 (3) of the statutes for the appropriation to the board for people
11with developmental disabilities under section 20.438 (1) (a) of the statutes, the dollar
12amount for fiscal year 2018-19 is increased by $75,000 to implement the coaching
13program and award grants under section 46.2898 of the statutes.
AB819,5,1414 (End)
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