(9) Confidentiality of records.
No record, as defined in s. 19.32 (2)
, of a long-term care district that contains personally identifiable information, as defined in s. 19.62 (5)
, concerning an individual who receives services from the long-term care district may be disclosed by the long-term care district without the individual's informed consent, except as required to comply with s. 16.009 (2) (p)
or 49.45 (4)
(10) Exchange of information.
Notwithstanding sub. (9)
and ss. 48.78 (2) (a)
, 49.45 (4)
, 51.45 (14) (a)
, 55.22 (3)
, 252.11 (7)
, 253.07 (3) (c)
and 938.78 (2) (a)
, a long-term care district acting under this section may exchange confidential information about a client, as defined in s. 46.287 (1)
, without the informed consent of the client, under s. 46.21 (2m) (c)
, 46.215 (1m)
, 46.22 (1) (dm)
, 46.23 (3) (e)
, 46.283 (7)
, 46.284 (7)
, 51.42 (3) (e)
or 51.437 (4r) (b)
in the jurisdiction of the long-term care district, if necessary to enable the long-term care district to perform its duties or to coordinate the delivery of services to the client.
(11) Obligations, debts, and responsibilities not those of county.
The obligations and debts of a long-term care district are not the obligations or debts of any county that created the district. If a long-term care district is obligated by statute or contract to provide or pay for services or benefits, no county is responsible for providing or paying for those services or benefits.
(12) Assistance to long-term care district.
From moneys in a county treasury that are not appropriated to some other purpose, the county board of supervisors may appropriate moneys to a long-term care district that the county participated in creating as a gift or may lend moneys to the long-term care district.
Subject to the performance of the contractual obligations of a long-term care district and if first approved by the secretary of the department, the long-term care district may be dissolved by the joint action of the long-term care district board and each county or tribe or band that created the long-term care district and has not withdrawn or been removed from the district under sub. (14)
. If a long-term care district that is created by one county or tribe or band is dissolved, the property of the district shall be transferred to the county or tribe or band that created it. If a long-term care district is created by more than one county or tribe or band, all of the counties or tribes or bands that created the district and that have not withdrawn or been removed from the district under sub. (14)
shall agree on the apportioning of the long-term care district's property before the district may be dissolved. If the long-term care district operates a care management organization under s. 46.284
, disposition of any remaining funds in the risk reserve under s. 46.284 (5) (e)
shall be made under the terms of the district's contract with the department.
(14) Withdrawal or removal of a county or tribe or band.
Subject to approval from the department, a long-term care district may establish conditions for a county or tribe or band that participated with one or more counties or tribes or bands in creating the district to withdraw from the district or for the district to remove the county or tribe or band from the district.
Self-directed services option; advocacy services.
The department shall allow a participant in the self-directed services option that is operated under a waiver from the secretary of the federal department of health and human services under 42 USC 1396n
(c) to access the advocacy services contracted for by the department under s. 46.281 (1n) (e)
History: 2009 a. 28
Council on physical disabilities. 46.29(1)
From the appropriation account under s. 20.435 (7) (a)
, the department shall distribute at least $16,100 in each fiscal year for operation of the council on physical disabilities. The council on physical disabilities shall do all of the following:
Develop, approve and continue modification of a state plan, for services to physically disabled persons, that encompasses services from the entities specified under sub. (3)
Request reports or other information from the entities specified under sub. (3)
concerning programs, funding, clients or services as they relate to physically disabled persons.
Advise the secretary of the department and make recommendations, including recommendations for legislation, to the entities specified under sub. (3)
concerning funding, programs, policies and operations of those entities and other matters with respect to physically disabled persons.
Encourage public understanding of the needs of and issues concerning physically disabled persons.
Consider all questions and matters concerning physically disabled persons arising within the council or brought to the council for review.
Approve educational material relating to the parking privileges of physically disabled persons for placement on vehicles as provided in s. 346.94 (4)
. The council may delegate to a member of the council or an officer or employee of a state agency the authority granted under this paragraph.
By April 15, 1996, and biennially thereafter, submit a report to the legislature under s. 13.172 (2)
concerning the time limitations imposed by any ordinances enacted under s. 346.50 (3m)
on spaces reserved for use by a motor vehicle used by a physically disabled person, including any recommended changes to s. 346.50 (3m)
and copies of any reports submitted from cities as required by s. 346.50 (3m) (b) 5.
The council on physical disabilities may do all of the following:
Report to the public concerning needs of physically disabled persons and issues that affect those persons.
Promote programs related to the prevention of physical disability.
Form committees for consideration of policies or programs for physically disabled persons.
All of the following shall maintain liaison with and periodically report to the council on physical disabilities concerning progress in achieving objectives in the state plan developed under sub. (1) (a)
The state superintendent of public instruction.
The secretary of workforce development.
The director of the office of state employment relations.
The secretary of safety and professional services.
The president of the University of Wisconsin System.
The president of the technical college system board.
The executive director of the board on aging and long-term care.
Specialized programs for the blind and visually impaired.
The department shall provide rehabilitation teaching services for persons who are blind or visually impaired including elderly persons and young persons and their parents or guardians, regardless of their eligibility for vocational rehabilitation services. These services may include assessments of each client's service needs, development of an individual service plan, instruction in braille, training in orientation and movement in the person's home or neighborhood, counseling and guidance to increase the blind or visually impaired person's independence, instruction in the use of low-vision aids, personal and home management training and instruction in leisure activities. In conjunction with the provision of these services the department shall:
Work with blind and visually impaired persons, in a setting appropriate to each individual, to form rehabilitation plans for independent living to enable them to increase their self-reliance.
Assist blind and visually impaired persons in physical orientation and personal adjustment.
History: 1995 a. 27
; Stats. 1995 s. 46.293.
Interpreters for the hearing-impaired. 46.295(1)
The department may, on the request of any hearing-impaired person, city, village, town, or county or private agency, provide funds from the appropriation accounts under s. 20.435 (7) (d)
to reimburse interpreters for hearing-impaired persons for the provision of interpreter services.
The department shall grant priority to requests to pay fees charged by interpreters for the following, in the following order:
Medical, mental health, alcohol and drug abuse, psychiatric and psychological services.
Legal services and civil court proceedings.
Matters concerning law enforcement personnel.
Matters concerning any federal, state, county or municipal agency.
The department may use as an interpreter for hearing-impaired persons only the following:
An interpreter for hearing-impaired persons who is certified by the national registry of interpreters for the deaf.
If an interpreter under par. (a)
is unavailable, an interpreter for hearing-impaired persons whose qualifications have been determined appropriate by the department.
The department may bill any public or private agency at the rates established by the department for interpreter services for hearing-impaired persons commensurate with the certification or qualification level of the interpreter providing services if the department determines that the agency is required under state or federal law to provide interpreter services to a hearing-impaired person or if the agency agrees to pay for the services.
The department shall promulgate rules to implement this section.
History: 1995 a. 27
; Stats. 1995 s. 46.295; 2003 a. 33
; 2009 a. 28
See also ch. DHS 77
, Wis. adm. code.
Telecommunication aid for the hearing impaired. 46.297(1)(1)
From the appropriation under s. 20.435 (7) (d)
, the department shall, subject to the availability of funds, provide assistance to hearing-impaired persons to secure telecommunication devices capable of serving their needs. Except in extraordinary circumstances, the department shall purchase or provide funds for the purchase of telecommunication devices.
A person is eligible to receive assistance under sub. (1)
if all of the following conditions are met:
The person is certified as deaf or severely hearing impaired by a physician, an audiologist licensed under subch. II of ch. 459
or the department.
The adjusted gross income of the person's family is equal to or less than 200% of the poverty line established under 42 USC 9902
(3) Hearing rights.
Any person aggrieved by a decision of the department under this section has a right to a contested case hearing under ch. 227
(4) Departmental duties.
The department shall:
Promulgate rules necessary for the administration of this section.
Establish application procedures and determine eligibility.
History: 1983 a. 427
; Stats. 1983 s. 46.90; 1983 a. 538
; Stats. 1983 s. 46.92; 1987 a. 27
; 1987 a. 257
; 1989 a. 173
; Stats. 1989 s. 47.20; 1989 a. 316
; 1995 a. 27
; Stats. 1995 s. 46.297.
See also ch. DHS 77
, and 143
, Wis. adm. code.
Vehicle sticker for the hearing impaired.
Upon the request of a person who is certified as hearing impaired by the department, by a physician, by a hearing instrument specialist licensed under subch. I of ch. 459
or by an audiologist licensed under subch. II of ch. 459
, the department shall issue to the person a decal or sticker for display on a motor vehicle owned or frequently operated by the person to apprise law enforcement officers of the fact that the vehicle is owned or operated by a hearing-impaired person. No charge shall be made for issuance of the decal or sticker. The department shall specify the design of the decal or sticker. The department shall designate the location on the vehicle at which the decal or sticker shall be affixed by its own adhesive.
History: 1987 a. 257
; 1989 a. 31
; 1989 a. 173
; Stats. 1989 s. 47.25; 1989 a. 316
; 1995 a. 27
; Stats. s. 46.298.
Employee counseling referral programs.
The department may provide technical assistance to municipalities, counties, school districts and private employers for referral programs for employee counseling. The department may charge fees to cover the costs of these services.
History: 1989 a. 31
Emission standards for hazardous air contaminants.
The department may assist the department of natural resources in the development of emission standards for hazardous air contaminants under s. 285.27 (2) (b)
History: 1993 a. 16
; 1995 a. 227
Certain water and sewerage service in Winnebago County.
The department, as a member of the tri-institutional Winnebago Mental Health Institute, Winnebago County Asylum, and Sunny View Sanatorium sewer agreement in Winnebago County, is authorized to furnish and charge for water and sewerage services to business and dwelling units located in the privately owned area lying west of the Winnebago Mental Health Institute and bounded on the west by the railroad properties and on the north, east, and south by the grounds of the Winnebago Mental Health Institute, together with any dwelling or other units located on the railroad-owned and state-owned property adjacent to this area.
History: 1973 c. 90
s. 560 (3)
; 2001 a. 103
Community aids funding. 46.40(1)(a)(a)
Within the limits of available federal funds and of the appropriations under s. 20.435 (7) (b)
, the department shall distribute funds for community social, mental health, developmental disabilities, and alcohol and other drug abuse services and for services under ss. 46.87
, and 51.421
to county departments under ss. 46.215
, and 51.437
and to county aging units, as provided in subs. (2)
, and (7)
If the department of health services receives any federal moneys under 42 USC 1396
in reimbursement of the cost of preventing out-of-home placements of children, the department of health services shall transfer those moneys to the department of children and families, and the department of children and families shall use those moneys as the first source of moneys used to meet the amount of the allocation under s. 48.563 (2)
that is budgeted from federal funds.
(2) Basic county allocation.
Subject to sub. (9)
, for social services under s. 46.495 (1) (d)
and services under s. 51.423 (2)
, the department shall distribute not more than $176,068,400 in each fiscal year.
(2m) Federal block grant allocations. 46.40(2m)(a)(a)
Prevention and treatment of substance abuse.
For prevention and treatment of substance abuse under 42 USC 300x-21
, the department shall distribute not more than $13,975,500 in fiscal year 2009-10 and $9,735,700 in each fiscal year thereafter.
Community mental health services.
For community mental health services under 42 USC 300x
, the department shall distribute $2,513,400 in each fiscal year.
(7) Family support allocation.
For family support programs for the families of disabled children under s. 46.985
, the department shall distribute not more than $5,089,800 in each fiscal year.
(8) Alzheimer's family and caregiver support allocation.
Subject to sub. (9)
, for services to persons with Alzheimer's disease and their caregivers under s. 46.87
, the department shall distribute not more than $2,342,800 in each fiscal year.
(9) Transfer or adjustment of community aids allocations. 46.40(9)(ag)(ag)
Adjustment for family care.
If a care management organization under s. 46.284
is available in a county and the county has under s. 46.281 (4)
agreed to a reduction in its distribution under sub. (2)
, the department shall use the amount established under s. 46.281 (4)
to fund the services of care management organizations under s. 46.284 (4)
(ar) Transfer to family care program and adult protective services allocation.
If a care management organization under s. 46.284
is available in a county, the department may, of the amount allocated under sub. (8)
, dispose of the lesser of up to 60% or the amount remaining after subtracting an amount necessary to maintain funding for recipients under sub. (8)
who, on September 1, 2001, are ineligible for the family care benefit under s. 46.286
, to that county, as follows:
By transferring a portion of that amount, as determined by the department, to the family care program to fund the services of resource centers under s. 46.283 (5)
and the services of care management organizations under s. 46.284 (4)
By transferring a portion of that amount, as determined by the department, to the county's adult protective services allocation under par. (b)
Adult protective services allocation.
For adult protective services, the department shall distribute the amounts transferred under par. (ar) 2.
in each fiscal year.