Register February 2014 No. 698
Chapter DHS 85
NON-PROFIT CORPORATIONs AND UNINCORPORATED ASSOCIATIONS AS GUARDIANS
Subchapter I — General Provisions
DHS 85.01   Purpose and authority.
DHS 85.02   Applicability.
DHS 85.03   Definitions.
DHS 85.04   Waivers and variances.
Subchapter II — Approvals
DHS 85.05   Application.
DHS 85.06   Criteria for approval.
DHS 85.07   Change of ownership.
DHS 85.08   Corporate guardian closing.
Subchapter III — Personnel
DHS 85.09   Staff.
DHS 85.10   Training.
DHS 85.11   Staffing.
DHS 85.12   Conflict of interest.
Subchapter IV — Ward Services
DHS 85.13   Rights of wards.
DHS 85.14   Duties.
DHS 85.15   Records.
Subchapter V — Withdrawal of Approval
DHS 85.16   Actions affecting approval.
DHS 85.17   Appeal of decisions.
Ch. DHS 85 Note Note: This chapter replaced ch. PW 65. Chapter HSS 85 was renumbered chapter HFS 85 under s. 13.93 (2m) (b) 1., Stats., and corrections made under s. 13.93 (2m) (b) 6. and 7., Stats., Register, February, 2000, No. 530. Chapter HFS 85 was renumbered chapter DHS 85 under s. 13.92 (4) (b) 1., Stats., and corrections made under s. 13.92 (4) (b) 7., Stats., Register November 2008 No. 635. Chapter DHS 85 as it existed on May 31, 2010, was repealed and a new chapter DHS 85 was created, Register May 2010 No. 653, effective June 1, 2010.
subch. I of ch. DHS 85 Subchapter I — General Provisions
DHS 85.01 DHS 85.01 Purpose and authority. This chapter is promulgated under the authority of ss. 54.15 (7) and 227.11 (2) (a), Stats., to establish the criteria by which the department determines whether a private nonprofit corporation organized under ch. 181, 187, or 188, Stats., or an unincorporated association is suitable to perform the duties of a guardian of the person, or of the estate, or both, of a proposed ward.
DHS 85.01 History History: CR 09-061: cr. Register May 2010 No. 653, eff. 6-1-10.
DHS 85.02 DHS 85.02 Applicability. This rule applies to private non-profit corporations or unincorporated associations applying to the department for consideration of suitability to perform the duties of guardian of a person or of an estate, or both, of a proposed ward.
DHS 85.02 History History: CR 09-061: cr. Register May 2010 No. 653, eff. 6-1-10.
DHS 85.03 DHS 85.03 Definitions. As used in this chapter:
DHS 85.03(1) (1) "Applicant" means a private nonprofit corporation or an unincorporated association that applies to the department for a finding of suitability to perform the duties of a corporate guardian.
DHS 85.03(2) (2) "Corporate guardian" or "guardian" means a private nonprofit corporation or an unincorporated association appointed by a court to serve as guardian of the person, or of the estate, or both, of an individual who is found by a court to be in need of a guardian.
DHS 85.03(3) (3) "Department" means the Wisconsin department of health services.
DHS 85.03(4) (4) "Guardian of the estate" has the meaning given under s. 54.01 (11), Stats.
DHS 85.03(5) (5) "Guardian of the person" has the meaning given under s. 54.01 (12), Stats.
DHS 85.03(6) (6) "Guardianship program" means a system that is established by a corporate guardian to manage the income and assets and provide for the essential requirements for health and safety and the personal needs of its wards under ch. 54, Stats.
DHS 85.03(7) (7) "Guardianship program manager" means an employee designated by a corporate guardian, who is responsible for the management and day–to-day operation of the guardianship program.
DHS 85.03(8) (8) "Guardian representative" means an individual assigned by a guardian to perform the functions of the guardian of the person under s. 54.25 (1) and (2), Stats., or of the estate under ss. 54.19 and 54.20, Stats., or both, of a ward.
DHS 85.03(9) (9) "Successor guardian" has the meaning given in s. 54.01 (35), Stats.
DHS 85.03(10) (10) "Unincorporated association" is an organization organized under ch. 184, Stats.
DHS 85.03(11) (11) "Ward" has the meaning given under s. 54.01 (37), Stats.
DHS 85.03 History History: CR 09-061: cr. Register May 2010 No. 653, eff. 6-1-10; reprinted to correct error Register June 2010 No. 654.
DHS 85.04 DHS 85.04 Waivers and variances.
DHS 85.04(1) (1) Definitions. In this section:
DHS 85.04(1)(a) (a) "Variance" means the granting of an alternate requirement in place of a requirement of this chapter.
DHS 85.04(1)(b) (b) "Waiver" means the granting of an exemption from a requirement of this chapter.
DHS 85.04(2) (2)Requirements for waivers and variances. The department may grant a waiver or variance of a requirement of this chapter to the corporate guardian if the department finds that the waiver or variance will not adversely affect the health, safety, or welfare of any ward and meet any of the following conditions:
DHS 85.04(2)(a) (a) Strict enforcement of a requirement would result in unreasonable hardship on the ward.
DHS 85.04(2)(b) (b) An alternative to a requirement, including a new concept, method, procedure or technique, other equipment, other personnel qualifications, or the conducting of a pilot project, is in the interests of better care or management.
DHS 85.04(3) (3)Applying for a waiver or variance. A corporate guardian may apply for a waiver or variance at any time. Each request shall be made in writing to the department and include all of the following:
DHS 85.04(3)(a) (a) The rule provision from which the waiver or variance is requested.
DHS 85.04(3)(b) (b) The time period for which the waiver or variance is requested.
DHS 85.04(3)(c) (c) If the request is for a variance, the specific proposed alternative action.
DHS 85.04(3)(d) (d) The reasons for the request.
DHS 85.04(3)(e) (e) Justification that a requirement under sub. (2) would be satisfied.
DHS 85.04(3)(f) (f) Any other information requested by the department.
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