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46.215(1)(e) (e) To maintain administrative and reporting relationships with all pertinent state departments.
46.215(1)(g) (g) To administer aid to families with dependent children under s. 49.19.
46.215(1)(h) (h) To administer juvenile welfare services under s. 938.57; and, if contracted to do so by the department, to accept custody and guardianship of children upon the order of a competent court, to place children for adoption and to make recommendations relating to the adoption of children under s. 48.85.
46.215(1)(i) (i) To make such investigations as are provided for in s. 48.88 (2) (a) and (c), if contracted to do so by the department and if the court having jurisdiction so directs.
46.215(1)(j) (j) To make payments in such manner as the department of children and families may determine for training of recipients, former recipients, and potential recipients of aid in programs established under s. 49.193, 1997 stats., and s. 49.26 (1).
46.215(1)(k) (k) Certify eligibility for and issue food coupons to needy households in conformity with the federal food stamp act of 1964 as amended, and, in addition, the county department of social services may certify eligibility for and distribute surplus commodities and food stuffs.
46.215(1)(L) (L) Within the limits of available state and federal funds and of county funds appropriated to match state funds, to provide social services for persons eligible for or receiving benefits under the supplementary security income program under federal Title XVI, the supplemental payments program under s. 49.77 or aid to families with dependent children under s. 49.19.
46.215(1)(m) (m) To administer the long-term support community options program under s. 46.27, if the county board of supervisors designates the county department of social services as the administrative agency.
46.215(1)(n) (n) To collect and transmit information to the department of administration so that a federal energy assistance payment may be made to an eligible household; to collect and transmit information to the department of administration so that weatherization services may be made available to an eligible household; to receive applications from individuals seeking low-income energy assistance under s. 16.27 (4) or weatherization services under s. 16.26; to provide information on the income eligibility for weatherization of a recipient of low-income energy assistance to an entity with which the department of administration contracts for provision of weatherization under s. 16.26; and to receive a request, determine a correct payment amount, if any, and provide payment, if any, for emergency assistance under s. 16.27 (8).
46.215(1)(p) (p) To administer the child care program under s. 49.155, if the department of children and families contracts with the county department of social services to do so.
46.215(1)(q) (q) If the county board of supervisors establishes an initiative to provide coordinated services under s. 59.53 (7), to participate in and administer the initiative, including entering into any written interagency agreements or contracts.
46.215(1)(r) (r) If authorized under s. 46.283 (1) (a) 1., to apply to the department of health services to operate a resource center under s. 46.283 and, if the department contracts with the county under s. 46.283 (2), to operate the resource center.
46.215(1)(s) (s) If authorized under s. 46.284 (1) (a) 1., to apply to the department of health services to operate a care management organization under s. 46.284 and, if the department contracts with the county under s. 46.284 (2), to operate the care management organization and, if appropriate, place funds in a risk reserve.
46.215(1)(t) (t) At the discretion of the county board of supervisors, to combine with one or more other counties to establish a county department of social services on a multicounty basis. A multicounty department of social services established under this paragraph shall meet the requirements for a county department of social services under this section.
46.215(1m) (1m)Exchange of information; long-term care. Notwithstanding ss. 46.2895 (9), 48.78 (2) (a), 49.45 (4), 49.83, 51.30, 51.45 (14) (a), 55.22 (3), 146.82, 252.11 (7), 253.07 (3) (c), and 938.78 (2) (a), a subunit of a county department of social services or tribal agency acting under this section may exchange confidential information about a client, without the informed consent of the client, with any other subunit of the same county department of social services or tribal agency, with a resource center, a care management organization, or a long-term care district, with an elder-adult-at-risk agency, an adult-at-risk agency, or any agency to which referral for investigation is made under s. 46.90 (5) (a) 1. or 55.043 (1r) (a) 1g., or with a person providing services to the client under a purchase of services contract with the county department of social services or tribal agency or with a resource center, a care management organization, or a long-term care district, if necessary to enable an employee or service provider to perform his or her duties, or to enable the county department of social services or tribal agency to coordinate the delivery of services to the client. An agency that releases information under this subsection shall document that a request for information was received and what information was provided.
46.215(1p) (1p)Exchange of information; statewide automated child welfare information system. Notwithstanding ss. 46.2895 (9), 48.396 (1) and (2) (a), 48.78 (2) (a), 48.981 (7), 49.45 (4), 49.83, 51.30, 51.45 (14) (a), 55.22 (3), 146.82, 252.11 (7), 252.15, 253.07 (3) (c), 938.396 (1) (a) and (2), and 938.78 (2) (a), a county department under this section may enter the content of any record kept or information received by that county department into the statewide automated child welfare information system established under s. 48.47 (7g).
46.215(2) (2)Purchase of care and services.
46.215(2)(a)1.1. In order to ensure the availability of a full range of care and services, the county department of social services may contract, either directly or through the department of health services, with public or voluntary agencies or others to purchase, in full or in part, care and services, except as provided under subch. III of ch. 49 and s. 301.08 (2), which the county department of social services is authorized by any statute to furnish in any manner. This care and these services may be purchased from the department of health services if the department of health services has staff to furnish the care and services. If the county department of social services has adequate staff, it may sell the care and services directly to another county or state agency.
46.215(2)(a)2. 2. In order to ensure the availability of a full range of care and services, the county department of social services may contract, either directly or through the department of children and families, with public or voluntary agencies or others to purchase, in full or in part, care and services under ch. 48 and subch. III of ch. 49 which the county department of social services is authorized to furnish. This care and these services may be purchased from the department of children and families if the department of children and families has staff to furnish the services. If the county department of social services has adequate staff, it may sell the care and services directly to another county or state agency.
46.215(2)(a)3. 3. In order to ensure the availability of a full range of care and services, the county department of social services may contract, either directly or through the department of corrections, with public or voluntary agencies or others to purchase, in full or in part, juvenile delinquency-related care and services which the county department of social services is authorized by any statute to furnish in any manner. Such services may be purchased from the department of corrections if the department of corrections has staff to furnish the services. If the county department of social services has adequate staff, it may sell the care and services directly to another county or state agency.
46.215(2)(b) (b) A county department of social services may purchase development and training services from the department of health services, from the department of children and families, from the department of corrections or from other county agencies when the services are available. A county department of social services may sell the development and staff training services to another county or state agency if the county department has adequate staff to provide the services.
46.215(2)(c)1.1. A county department of social services shall develop, under the requirements of s. 46.036, plans and contracts for care and services to be purchased, except for care and services under subch. III of ch. 49 or s. 301.08 (2). The department of health services may review the contracts and approve them if they are consistent with s. 46.036 and if state or federal funds are available for such purposes. The joint committee on finance may require the department of health services to submit the contracts to the committee for review and approval. The department of health services may not make any payments to a county for programs included in a contract under review by the committee. The department of health services shall reimburse each county for the contracts from the appropriations under s. 20.435 (7) (b) and (o), as appropriate, under s. 46.495.
46.215(2)(c)2. 2. A county department of social services shall develop, under the requirements of s. 49.34, plans and contracts for care and services to be purchased under ch. 48 and subch. III of ch. 49. The department of children and families may review the contracts and approve them if they are consistent with s. 49.34 and if state or federal funds are available for such purposes. The joint committee on finance may require the department of children and families to submit the contracts to the committee for review and approval. The department of children and families may not make any payments to a county for programs included in a contract under review by the committee.
46.215(2)(c)3. 3. A county department of social services shall develop, under the requirements of s. 301.08 (2), plans and contracts for juvenile delinquency-related care and services to be purchased. The department of corrections may review the contracts and approve them if they are consistent with s. 301.08 (2) and if state or federal funds are available for such purposes. The joint committee on finance may require the department of corrections to submit the contracts to the committee for review and approval. The department of corrections may not make any payments to a county for programs included in a contract under review by the committee. The department of corrections shall reimburse each county for the contracts from the appropriations under s. 20.410 (3) (cd) and (ko) as appropriate.
46.215(3) (3)Program budgets. The county department of social services shall submit a final budget to the department of health services under s. 46.031 (1), to the department of corrections under s. 301.031 (1), and to the department of children and families under s. 49.325 (1), for authorized services.
46.215 Annotation Counties have authority to provide the funding of services under s. 49.51 (3) (c) [now 46.215 (2) (c)] on their own but are not required to do so when reimbursement is unavailable. 63 Atty. Gen. 584.
46.22 46.22 County social services.
46.22(1) (1) County department of social services.
46.22(1)(a)(a) Creation. Except as provided under s. 46.23 (3) (b), the county board of supervisors of any county with a population of less than 500,000, or the county boards of 2 or more counties, shall establish a county department of social services on a single-county or multicounty basis. The county department of social services shall consist of a county social services board, a county social services director and necessary personnel.
46.22(1)(am) (am) Funding for multicounties. State social services funding under s. 20.435 (7) (b) is not available to counties which establish a multicounty department of social services until the counties have drafted a contractual agreement, approved by the secretary, setting forth the plans for direct sponsorship and have drafted a budget under par. (b) 1. d.
46.22(1)(b) (b) Powers and duties.
46.22(1)(b)1.1. The county department of social services shall have the following functions, duties and powers in accordance with the rules promulgated by the department of health services and subject to the supervision of the department of health services:
46.22(1)(b)1.a. a. To maintain administrative and reporting relationships with all pertinent state departments.
46.22(1)(b)1.b. b. To make investigations which relate to welfare services, except as provided under ch. 48 and subch. III of ch. 49, upon request by the department of health services.
46.22(1)(b)1.c. c. Within the limits of available state and federal funds and of county funds appropriated to match state funds, to provide social services for persons eligible for or receiving supplemental security aids under Title XVI of the social security act, eligible for or receiving state supplemental payments under s. 49.77 or eligible for or receiving aid to families with dependent children under s. 49.19.
46.22(1)(b)1.d. d. To submit a final budget in accordance with s. 46.031 (1) for services authorized in this section, except for the administration of and cost of aid granted under ss. 49.19 and 49.45 to 49.471.
46.22(1)(b)1.e. e. To administer the long-term support community options program singly under s. 46.27 (3) (b) 1. or jointly under s. 46.27 (3) (b) 5., as designated by the county board of supervisors in a county with a single-county department of social services or the county boards of supervisors in counties with a multicounty department of social services.
46.22(1)(b)1.g. g. To make certification or referral of eligibles for state or federal assistance programs under subch. V of ch. 49, eligibility for which is based on need.
46.22(1)(b)1.i. i. If the county board of supervisors establishes an initiative to provide coordinated services under s. 59.53 (7), to participate in and administer the initiative, including entering into any written interagency agreements or contracts.
46.22(1)(b)1.j. j. If authorized under s. 46.283 (1) (a) 1., to apply to the department of health services to operate a resource center under s. 46.283 and, if the department contracts with the county under s. 46.283 (2), to operate the resource center.
46.22(1)(b)1.k. k. If authorized under s. 46.284 (1) (a) 1., to apply to the department of health services to operate a care management organization under s. 46.284 and, if the department contracts with the county under s. 46.284 (2), to operate the care management organization and, if appropriate, place funds in a risk reserve.
46.22(1)(b)2. 2. A county department of social services shall have the following functions, duties, and powers in accordance with the rules promulgated by the department of children and families and subject to the supervision of the department of children and families:
46.22(1)(b)2.b. b. To maintain administrative and reporting relationships with all pertinent state departments.
46.22(1)(b)2.c. c. To make investigations as provided under ch. 48 and subch. III of ch. 49 upon request by the department of children and families.
46.22(1)(b)2.d. d. To certify eligibility for and issue food coupons to needy households in conformity with 7 USC 2011 to 2036, subject to s. 49.78.
46.22(1)(b)2.e. e. To make payments in such manner as the department of children and families may determine for training of recipients, former recipients and potential recipients of aid in programs established under s. 49.193, 1997 stats., and s. 49.26 (1).
46.22(1)(b)2.f. f. To submit a final budget in accordance with s. 49.325 (1) for services authorized in this subdivision.
46.22(1)(b)2.fm. fm. To administer the child care program under s. 49.155, if the department of children and families contracts with the county department of social services to do so.
46.22(1)(b)2.g. g. To make certification or referral of eligibles for state or federal works or other assistance programs under ch. 48 and subch. III of ch. 49, eligibility for which is based on need.
46.22(1)(b)3. 3. A county department of social services shall have the following functions, duties, and powers in accordance with the rules promulgated and standards established by the department of health services and subject to the supervision of the department of children and families:
46.22(1)(b)3.a. a. To maintain administrative and reporting relationships with all pertinent state departments.
46.22(1)(b)3.b. b. To make investigations which relate to programs under s. 49.046, 1993 stats., upon request by the department of health services.
46.22(1)(b)3.d. d. To submit a final budget to the department of children and families in accordance with s. 49.325 for services authorized in this subdivision.
46.22(1)(b)4m. 4m. A county department of social services shall have the following functions, duties and powers in accordance with the rules promulgated by the department of administration and subject to the supervision of the department of administration:
46.22(1)(b)4m.a. a. To collect and transmit information to the department of administration so that a federal energy assistance payment may be made to an eligible household.
46.22(1)(b)4m.b. b. To collect and transmit information to the department of administration so that weatherization services may be made available to an eligible household.
46.22(1)(b)4m.c. c. To receive applications from individuals seeking low-income energy assistance under s. 16.27 (4) or weatherization services under s. 16.26.
46.22(1)(b)4m.d. d. To provide information on the income eligibility for weatherization of a recipient of low-income energy assistance to an entity with which the department of administration contracts for provision of weatherization under s. 16.26.
46.22(1)(b)4m.e. e. To receive a request, determine a correct payment amount, if any, and provide payment, if any, for emergency assistance under s. 16.27 (8).
46.22(1)(b)5m. 5m. A county department of social services shall have the following functions, duties and powers in accordance with the rules promulgated by the department of corrections and subject to the supervision of the department of corrections:
46.22(1)(b)5m.a. a. To administer juvenile delinquency-related services under s. 301.26.
46.22(1)(b)5m.b. b. To maintain administrative and reporting relationships with all pertinent state departments.
46.22(1)(b)5m.c. c. To make investigations relating to juvenile delinquency-related services upon request by the department of corrections.
46.22(1)(b)5m.d. d. To submit a final budget in accordance with s. 301.031 (1) for services authorized in this subdivision.
46.22(1)(c) (c) Other powers and duties. The county board of supervisors in a county with a single-county department of social services and the county boards of supervisors in counties with a multicounty department of social services may provide that the county department of social services shall, in addition to exercising the mandatory functions, duties and powers under par. (b), have any or all of the following functions, duties and powers and such other welfare functions as may be delegated to it by the county board of supervisors in a county with a single-county department of social services and the county boards of supervisors in counties with a multicounty department of social services:
46.22(1)(c)1. 1. Make investigations in cooperation with the court, institution superintendent, district attorney and other agencies and officials operating in the welfare field regarding admissions to and release or conditional release from the following institutions:
46.22(1)(c)1.a. a. `County institutions.' Any county infirmary, home, asylum or hospital for mental diseases, tuberculosis or otherwise.
46.22(1)(c)1.b. b. `State institutions.' The Mendota Mental Health Institute, the Winnebago Mental Health Institute, centers for the developmentally disabled, and Type 1 juvenile correctional facilities, as defined in s. 938.02 (19).
46.22(1)(c)1.c. c. `Other institution.' University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics and secured residential care centers for children and youth, as defined in s. 938.02 (15g).
46.22(1)(c)2. 2. Subdivision 1. does not authorize the county department of social services to make investigations regarding admission to or release from state prisons under s. 302.01, county houses of correction, jails, detention homes or reforestation camps.
46.22(1)(c)4. 4. Make investigations which are provided for under s. 48.88 (2) (a) and (c), if the court having jurisdiction so directs.
46.22(1)(c)5. 5. Perform the duties and functions prescribed in ss. 48.08 and 938.08 when requested to do so by the judge assigned to exercise jurisdiction under chs. 48 and 938.
46.22(1)(c)6. 6. To furnish services to families or persons other than the granting of financial or material aid where such services may prevent such families or persons from becoming public charges or restore them to a condition of self-support.
46.22(1)(c)7. 7. To certify eligibility for and distribute surplus commodities and foodstuffs.
46.22(1)(c)8. 8. To administer child welfare services including services to juveniles who are delinquent and to children who have an intellectual disability or are dependent, neglected or nonmarital, and to other children who are in need of such services. In administering child welfare services the county department of social services shall be governed by the following:
46.22(1)(c)8.a. a. The county department of social services may avail itself of the cooperation of any individual or private agency or organization interested in the social welfare of children in the county with a single-county department of social services or in the counties with a multicounty department of social services.
46.22(1)(c)8.b. b. The county department of social services shall administer and expend such amounts as may be necessary out of any moneys which may be appropriated for child welfare purposes by the county board of supervisors in a county with a single-county department of social services or by the county boards of supervisors in counties with a multicounty department of social services or donated by individuals or private organizations.
46.22(1)(c)8.c. c. Upon the request of the judge assigned to exercise jurisdiction under chs. 48 and 938, the county department of social services shall investigate the home environment and other factors in the life of any child brought to the attention of the court for alleged dependency or neglect, or any juvenile brought to the attention of the court for alleged delinquency, and to assume guidance and supervision of any juvenile placed on probation by that court.
46.22(1)(c)8.d. d. Upon the request of the department of corrections and under its direction, the county department of social services shall assume the oversight of any juvenile under parole from or otherwise subject to the supervision of any state institution.
46.22(1)(c)8.e. e. The county department of social services shall have the powers and duties specified in ss. 48.57 and 938.57.
46.22(1)(c)8.f. f. The county department of social services shall implement the statewide automated child welfare information system established under s. 48.47 (7g).
46.22(1)(c)9. 9. The authority given to the county department of social services under subd. 8. to function as an authorized child welfare agency shall not be interpreted as excluding agencies licensed under s. 48.60 from also exercising such functions.
46.22(1)(d) (d) Merit system; records. The county department of social services is subject to s. 49.78 (4) to (7). The county department of social services and all county officers and employees performing any duties in connection with the administration of aid to families with dependent children shall observe all rules promulgated by the department of children and families under s. 49.78 (4) and shall keep records and furnish reports as the department of children and families requires in relation to their performance of such duties.
46.22(1)(dm) (dm) Exchange of information; long-term care. Notwithstanding ss. 46.2895 (9), 48.78 (2) (a), 49.45 (4), 49.83, 51.30, 51.45 (14) (a), 55.22 (3), 146.82, 252.11 (7), 253.07 (3) (c), and 938.78 (2) (a), a subunit of a county department of social services or tribal agency acting under this subsection may exchange confidential information about a client, without the informed consent of the client, with any other subunit of the same county department of social services or tribal agency, with a resource center, a care management organization, or a long-term care district, with an elder-adult-at-risk agency, an adult-at-risk agency, or any agency to which referral for investigation is made under s. 46.90 (5) (a) 1. or 55.043 (1r) (a) 1g., or with a person providing services to the client under a purchase of services contract with the county department of social services or tribal agency or with a resource center, a care management organization, or a long-term care district, if necessary to enable an employee or service provider to perform his or her duties, or to enable the county department of social services or tribal agency to coordinate the delivery of services to the client. An agency that releases information under this paragraph shall document that a request for information was received and what information was provided.
46.22(1)(dp) (dp) Exchange of information; statewide automated child welfare information system. Notwithstanding ss. 46.2895 (9), 48.396 (1) and (2) (a), 48.78 (2) (a), 48.981 (7), 49.45 (4), 49.83, 51.30, 51.45 (14) (a), 55.22 (3), 146.82, 252.11 (7), 252.15, 253.07 (3) (c), 938.396 (1) (a) and (2), and 938.78 (2) (a), a county department under this section may enter the content of any record kept or information received by that county department into the statewide automated child welfare information system established under s. 48.47 (7g).
46.22(1)(e) (e) Purchase of care and services.
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2011-12 Wisconsin Statutes updated though 2013 Wis. Act 200 and all Supreme Court Orders entered before April 11, 2014. Published and certified under s. 35.18. Changes effective after April 11, 2014 are designated by NOTES. (Published 4-11-14)