2019 - 2020 LEGISLATURE
September 18, 2019 - Introduced by Representatives Tittl, Brostoff, Bowen,
Brandtjen, Dittrich, Jagler, Krug, Thiesfeldt, Tusler and VanderMeer,
cosponsored by Senators LeMahieu, Larson, Bernier and Jacque. Referred
to Committee on Health.
1An Act to create
46.48 (33) of the statutes; relating to: grants to mental health
2clubhouses and making an appropriation.
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
This bill requires the Department of Health Services to award grants to
clubhouses. A “clubhouse,” as defined in the bill, is a nonresidential rehabilitation
program that provides support and services to individuals who have a mental illness
but does not directly provide treatment or medical care for mental illnesses. To
receive a grant a clubhouse must only include members who have been diagnosed
with a mental illness and are under treatment for the mental illness, raise an
amount of money itself to receive a matching grant, provide activities and services
to members on a voluntary basis, be accredited, have its own distinct physical space,
and allow members to have the opportunity to participate in the administration and
other operational functions of the clubhouse. The bill increases the supplemental
appropriation to the Joint Committee on Finance for the purposes of providing
grants to clubhouses and specifies that the committee may make a supplement using
its passive review process.
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:
46.48 (33) of the statutes is created to read:
46.48 (33) Mental health clubhouses.
(a) In this subsection, “clubhouse” 3
means a nonresidential rehabilitation program that provides support and services 4
to individuals who have a mental illness but does not directly provide treatment or 5
medical care for mental illnesses.
(b) The department shall award grants to clubhouses in a total amount of no 7
more than $500,000 per fiscal year and no more than $50,000 per clubhouse per fiscal 8
year. The department may not award a grant to a clubhouse unless the clubhouse 9
meets all of the following criteria:
1. Every member who receives services at the clubhouse has been diagnosed 11
with a mental illness and is under treatment for the mental illness.
2. The clubhouse raises an amount of money to match the grant amount 13
requested. The department may not award a grant to a clubhouse that exceeds the 14
money raised by the clubhouse.
3. Membership in clubhouse activities and services is voluntary.
4. The clubhouse has its own distinct physical space separate from a mental 17
health center or institution.
5. Members of the clubhouse have the opportunity to participate in the 19
administration and other operational functions of the clubhouse.
6. The clubhouse is accredited by Clubhouse International or, as approved by 21
the department, a similar accreditation organization.
(1) Supplement for grants to mental health clubhouses.
The joint committee 24
on finance may make a supplement from the moneys under Section
3 of this act 25
under the process described under s. 20.928 (2m).
(1) Grants to mental health clubhouses.
(a) In the schedule under s. 20.005 3
(3) for the appropriation to the joint committee on finance under s. 20.865 (4) (a), the 4
dollar amount for fiscal year 2019-20 is increased by $500,000 for grants to 5
clubhouses under s. 46.48 (33). Any amount of the increase specified under this 6
paragraph that has not been transferred by July 1, 2020, shall lapse to the general 7
(b) In the schedule under s. 20.005 (3) for the appropriation to the joint 9
committee on finance under s. 20.865 (4) (a), the dollar amount for fiscal year 10
2020-21 is increased by $500,000 for grants to clubhouses under s. 46.48 (33). Any 11
amount of the increase specified under this paragraph that has not been transferred 12
by July 1, 2021, shall lapse to the general fund.