46.82(1)(a)1. 1. An agency of county or tribal government with the primary purpose of administering programs of services for older individuals of the county or tribe.
46.82(1)(a)2. 2. A unit, within a county department under s. 46.215, 46.22 or 46.23, with the primary purpose of administering programs of services for older individuals of the county.
46.82(1)(a)3. 3. A private corporation that is organized under ch. 181 and that is a nonprofit corporation, as defined in s. 181.0103 (17).
46.82(1)(b) (b) “Area agency on aging" means an agency designated as specified in 42 USC 3025 (a) (2) (A).
46.82(1)(c) (c) “Older individual" means an individual who is 60 years of age or older.
46.82(2) (2)Aging unit; creation. A county board of supervisors of a county, the county boards of supervisors of 2 or more contiguous counties or an elected tribal governing body of a federally recognized American Indian tribe or band in this state may choose to administer, at the county or tribal level, programs for older individuals that are funded under 42 USC 3001 to 3057n, 42 USC 5001 and 42 USC 5011 (b). If this is done, the county board or boards of supervisors or tribal governing body shall establish by resolution a county or tribal aging unit to provide the services required under this section. If a county board of supervisors or a tribal governing body chooses, or the county boards of supervisors of 2 or more contiguous counties choose, not to administer the programs for older individuals, the department shall direct the area agency on aging that serves the relevant area to contract with a private, nonprofit corporation to provide for the county, tribe or counties the services required under this section.
46.82(3) (3)Aging unit; powers and duties. In accordance with state statutes, rules promulgated by the department and relevant provisions of 42 USC 3001 to 3057n and as directed by the county or tribal commission on aging, an aging unit:
46.82(3)(a) (a) Duties. Shall do all of the following:
46.82(3)(a)1. 1. Work to ensure that all older individuals, regardless of income, have access to information, services and opportunities available through the county or tribal aging unit and have the opportunity to contribute to the cost of services and that the services and resources of the county or tribal aging unit are designed to reach those in greatest social and economic need.
46.82(3)(a)2. 2. Plan for, receive and administer federal, state and county, city, town or village funds allocated under the state and area plan on aging to the county or tribal aging unit and any gifts, grants or payments received by the county or tribal aging unit, for the purposes for which allocated or made.
46.82(3)(a)3. 3. Provide a visible and accessible point of contact for individuals to obtain accurate and comprehensive information about public and private resources available in the community which can meet the needs of older individuals.
46.82(3)(a)4. 4. As specified under s. 46.81, provide older individuals with services of benefit specialists or appropriate referrals for assistance.
46.82(3)(a)5. 5. Organize and administer congregate programs, which shall include a nutrition program and may include one or more senior centers or adult day care or respite care programs, that enable older individuals and their families to secure a variety of services, including nutrition, daytime care, educational or volunteer opportunities, job skills preparation and information on health promotion, consumer affairs and civic participation.
46.82(3)(a)6. 6. Work to secure a countywide or tribal transportation system that makes community programs and opportunities accessible to, and meets the basic needs of, older individuals.
46.82(3)(a)7. 7. Work to ensure that programs and services for older individuals are available to homebound, disabled and non-English speaking persons, and to racial, ethnic and religious minorities.
46.82(3)(a)8. 8. Identify and publicize gaps in services needed by older individuals and provide leadership in developing services and programs, including recruitment and training of volunteers, that address those needs.
46.82(3)(a)9. 9. Work cooperatively with other organizations to enable their services to function effectively for older individuals.
46.82(3)(a)10. 10. Actively incorporate and promote the participation of older individuals in the preparation of a county or tribal comprehensive plan for aging resources that identifies needs, goals, activities and county or tribal resources for older individuals.
46.82(3)(a)11. 11. Provide information to the public about the aging experience and about resources for and within the aging population.
46.82(3)(a)12. 12. Assist in representing needs, views and concerns of older individuals in local decision making and assist older individuals in expressing their views to elected officials and providers of services.
46.82(3)(a)14. 14. If the department is so requested by the county board of supervisors, administer the pilot projects for home and community-based long-term support services under s. 46.271.
46.82(3)(a)15. 15. If designated under s. 46.90 (2), administer the elder abuse reporting system under s. 46.90.
46.82(3)(a)16. 16. If designated under s. 46.87 (3) (c) or (d), administer the Alzheimer's disease family and caregiver support program under s. 46.87.
46.82(3)(a)17. 17. If designated by the county or in accordance with a contract with the department, operate the specialized transportation assistance program for a county under s. 85.21.
46.82(3)(a)18. 18. Advocate on behalf of older individuals to assist in enabling them to meet their basic needs.
46.82(3)(a)19. 19. If an aging unit under sub. (1) (a) 1. or 2. and if authorized under s. 46.283 (1) (a) 1., apply to the department to operate a resource center under s. 46.283 and, if the department contracts with the county under s. 46.283 (2), operate the resource center.
46.82(3)(a)20. 20. If an aging unit under sub. (1) (a) 1. or 2. and if authorized under s. 46.284 (1) (a) 1., apply to the department to operate a care management organization under s. 46.284 and, if the department contracts with the county under s. 46.284 (2), operate the care management organization and, if appropriate, place funds in a risk reserve.
46.82(3)(b) (b) Powers. May perform any other general functions necessary to administer services for older individuals.
46.82(4) (4)Commission on aging.
46.82(4)(a) (a) Appointment.
46.82(4)(a)1.1. Except as provided under subd. 2., the county board of supervisors in a county that has established a single-county aging unit, the county boards of supervisors in counties that have established a multicounty aging unit or the elected tribal governing body of a federally recognized American Indian tribe or band that has established a tribal aging unit shall, before qualification under this section, appoint a governing and policy-making body to be known as the commission on aging.
46.82(4)(a)2. 2. In any county that has a county executive or county administrator and that has established a single-county aging unit, the county executive or county administrator shall appoint, subject to confirmation by the county board of supervisors, the commission on aging. A member of a commission on aging appointed under this subdivision may be removed at pleasure by the county executive or county administrator.
46.82(4)(b) (b) Composition. A commission on aging, appointed under par. (a) shall be one of the following:
46.82(4)(b)1. 1. For an aging unit that is described in sub. (1) (a) 1. or 2., organized as a committee of the county board of supervisors, composed of supervisors and, beginning January 1, 1993, advised by an advisory committee, appointed by the county board. Older individuals shall constitute at least 50 percent of the membership of the advisory committee and individuals who are elected to any office may not constitute 50 percent or more of the membership of the advisory committee.
46.82(4)(b)2. 2. For an aging unit that is described in sub. (1) (a) 1. or 2., composed of individuals of recognized ability and demonstrated interest in services for older individuals. Older individuals shall constitute at least 50 percent of the membership of this commission and individuals who are elected to any office may not constitute 50 percent or more of the membership of this commission.
46.82(4)(b)3. 3. For an aging unit that is described in sub. (1) (a) 3., the board of directors of the private, nonprofit corporation. Older individuals shall constitute at least 50 percent of the membership of this commission and individuals who are elected to any office may not constitute 50 percent or more of the membership of this commission.
46.82(4)(c) (c) Terms. Members of a county or tribal commission on aging shall serve for terms of 3 years, so arranged that, as nearly as practicable, the terms of one-third of the members shall expire each year, and no member may serve more than 2 consecutive 3-year terms. Vacancies shall be filled in the same manner as the original appointments. A tribal commission on aging member appointed under par. (a) 1. may be removed from office for cause by a two-thirds vote of each tribal governing body participating in the appointment, on due notice in writing and hearing of the charges against the member. A county commission on aging member appointed under par. (a) 1. may be removed from office by a two-thirds vote of each county board of supervisors participating in the appointment, on due notice in writing.
46.82(4)(d) (d) Powers and duties. A county or tribal commission on aging appointed under sub. (4) (a) shall, in addition to any other powers or duties established by state law, plan and develop administrative and program policies, in accordance with state law and within limits established by the department of health services, if any, for programs in the county or for the tribe or band that are funded by the federal or state government for administration by the aging unit. Policy decisions not reserved by statute for the department of health services may be delegated by the secretary to the county or tribal commission on aging. The county or tribal commission on aging shall direct the aging unit with respect to the powers and duties of the aging unit under sub. (3).
46.82(5) (5)Aging unit director; appointment. A full-time aging unit director shall be appointed on the basis of recognized and demonstrated interest in and knowledge of problems of older individuals, with due regard to training, experience, executive and administrative ability and general qualification and fitness for the performance of his or her duties, by one of the following:
46.82(5)(a)1.1. For an aging unit that is described in sub. (1) (a) 1., except as provided in subd. 2., a county or tribal commission on aging shall make the appointment, subject to the approval of and to the personnel policies and procedures established by each county board of supervisors or the tribal governing body that participated in the appointment of the county or tribal commission on aging.
46.82(5)(a)2. 2. In any county that has a county executive or county administrator and that has established a single-county aging unit, the county executive or county administrator shall make the appointment, subject to the approval of and to the personnel policies and procedures established by each county board of supervisors that participated in the appointment of the county commission on aging.
46.82(5)(b) (b) For an aging unit that is described in sub. (1) (a) 2., the director of the county department under s. 46.215, 46.22 or 46.23 of which the aging unit is a part shall make the appointment, subject to the personnel policies and procedures established by the county board of supervisors.
46.82(5)(c) (c) For an aging unit that is described in sub. (1) (a) 3., the commission on aging under sub. (4) (b) 3. shall make the appointment, subject to ch. 181.
46.85 46.85 Programs for older individuals.
46.85(1)(1)The department may establish and operate a Senior Companion Program modeled after the federal Senior Companion Program under 42 USC 5011 (b), in effect on April 30, 1980. If operated, the program shall engage the services of low-income persons aged 60 or over to provide supportive person-to-person assistance in health, education, recreation, welfare and related fields to persons aged 60 or over with special needs who reside in their own homes, and it may engage other persons aged 60 or older, regardless of income, as volunteers in similar activities. The department may also establish and operate a Retired Senior Volunteer Program modeled after the federal Retired Senior Volunteer Program under 42 USC 5001, in effect on April 30, 1980, to provide voluntary services in a community. If operated, the program shall engage persons aged 55 or older as volunteers.
46.85(2) (2)If the department establishes a program under this section, it shall promulgate rules for the operation of the program. Such rules shall include:
46.85(2)(a) (a) A definition of “low income" which shall at least equal the guidelines of the federal ACTION program.
46.85(2)(b) (b) A requirement that program units provide accident and liability insurance coverage during working hours for all program participants, including volunteers.
46.85(2)(c) (c) A requirement that program units receiving federal funds establish advisory councils empowered according to, but not limited by, applicable federal guidelines. Council members may be reimbursed for transportation and other expenses incurred in service to the program.
46.85(3m) (3m)
46.85(3m)(a)(a) From the appropriation under s. 20.435 (1) (dh), the department shall provide a state supplement to federally funded Senior Companion Program and Retired Senior Volunteer Program units that were in operation on December 1, 1988, and administered by qualified public and non-profit private agencies.
46.85(3m)(b) (b) From the appropriation under s. 20.435 (1) (dh), the department shall allocate funds, based on the percentage of the state's population of low-income persons over age 60 who reside in each county or are members of an American Indian tribe, and distribute the funds to counties and federally recognized tribal governing bodies to supplement any of the following:
46.85(3m)(b)1. 1. Federally and nonfederally funded senior companion and retired senior volunteer programs.
46.85(3m)(b)2. 2. Federal projects providing supportive services under 42 USC 3030d, congregate nutrition services under 42 USC 3030e, home-delivered meals under 42 USC 3030f and 3030g, in-home services for frail older individuals under 42 USC 3030h, 3030i, 3030j and 3030k and preventive health services under 42 USC 3030m, 3030n and 3030o.
46.85(4) (4)Low income older persons employed in a senior companion program shall be paid a stipend which compensates them for no more than 20 hours per week at an hourly rate not to exceed the federal minimum wage, and in addition shall receive reimbursement for the cost of one meal per working day.
46.85(5) (5)All persons engaged in a program under this section, whether for compensation or as volunteers, are eligible for:
46.85(5)(a) (a) Transportation assistance, not to exceed mileage payments for 20 miles per day.
46.85(5)(b) (b) Accident and liability insurance coverage during working hours.
46.856 46.856 Alzheimer's disease; training and information grants.
46.856(1)(1)In this section:
46.856(1)(a) (a) “Private nonprofit organization" has the meaning given in s. 108.02 (19).
46.856(1)(b) (b) “Public agency" means a county, city, village, town or school district or an agency of this state or of a county, city, village, town or school district.
46.856(2) (2)From the appropriation under s. 20.435 (1) (bg), the department shall award a grant to at least one public agency or private nonprofit organization to do all of the following:
46.856(2)(a) (a) Provide training and technical assistance to the staff of county departments under ss. 46.215, 46.22 and 46.23, to the staff of administering agencies designated under s. 46.87 (3) (c) or (d) and to other providers of services to persons with Alzheimer's disease, as defined in s. 46.87 (1) (a).
46.856(2)(b) (b) Determine the need for and create appropriate services to persons with Alzheimer's disease in coordination with local agencies and service providers.
46.856(2)(c) (c) Collect and disseminate information on Alzheimer's disease, coordinate public awareness activities related to the disease and advise the department on public policy issues concerning the disease.
46.856 History History: 1995 a. 464; 1999 a. 9; 2015 a. 273; 2017 a. 59.
46.86 46.86 Treatment programs.
46.86(1)(1)From the appropriation under s. 20.435 (5) (md) the department may award not more than $125,500 in each fiscal year as grants to counties and private nonprofit entities for treatment for pregnant women and mothers with alcohol and other drug abuse treatment needs; mothers who have alcohol and other drug abuse treatment needs and dependent children up to the age of 5 years; and the dependent children up to the age of 5 years of those mothers. The grants shall be awarded in accordance with the department's request-for-proposal procedures. The grants shall be used to establish community-based programs, residential family-centered treatment programs or home-based treatment programs. The program under a grant must include alcohol and other drug abuse treatment services, parent education, support services for the children of the women who are enrolled in the program, vocational assistance and housing assistance. Any program funded under this subsection must also provide follow-up aftercare services to each woman and her children for at least 2 years after the date on which a woman has left the program.
46.86(2m) (2m)
46.86(2m)(a)(a) In this subsection, “long-term treatment" means treatment that is, in the majority of instances, not less than 5 months nor more than 12 months in duration.
46.86(2m)(b) (b) From the appropriation under s. 20.435 (5) (md), the department shall distribute not more than $79,500 in each fiscal year for residential long-term treatment for alcohol and other drug abuse, including treatment with respect to family relationships, antisocial behavior and employability, in a treatment facility, as defined in s. 51.01 (19), in a 1st class city.
46.86(3m) (3m)From the appropriation under s. 20.435 (5) (md), the department may not distribute more than $900,000 in each fiscal year to fund a multidisciplinary prevention and treatment team in Milwaukee County for cocaine-abusing women and their children. The multidisciplinary prevention and treatment team must coordinate its activities with other prevention and treatment programs in Milwaukee County for cocaine-abusing women and their children. Residents from other counties may be served by the multidisciplinary prevention and treatment team. The department may carry forward funds distributed under this subsection, but not encumbered by December 31, for distribution for the purpose under this subsection in the following calendar year.
46.86(5) (5)From the appropriation under s. 20.435 (5) (md), the department may not distribute more than $235,000 in each fiscal year as a grant to ARC Community Services, Inc., for women and children in Dane County, to provide funding for staff of the center and transportation and meal expenses for chemically dependent women who receive services from the center.
46.86(6) (6)
46.86(6)(a)(a) From the appropriation account under s. 20.435 (5) (md), the department may award up to $1,330,800 in each fiscal year, and from the appropriation account under s. 20.435 (5) (gb), the department may award not more than $319,500 in each fiscal year, as grants to counties and private entities to provide community-based alcohol and other drug abuse treatment programs that do all of the following:
46.86(6)(a)1. 1. Meet special needs of women with problems resulting from alcohol or other drug abuse.
46.86(6)(a)2. 2. Emphasize parent education, vocational and housing assistance and coordination with other community programs and with treatment under intensive care.
46.86(6)(b) (b) The department shall do all of the following with respect to the grants under par. (a):
46.86(6)(b)1. 1. Award the grants in accordance with the department's request-for-proposal procedures.
46.86(6)(b)2. 2. Ensure that the grants are distributed in both urban and rural communities.
46.86(6)(b)3. 3. Evaluate the programs under the grants by use of client-outcome measurements that the department develops.
46.87 46.87 Alzheimer's family and caregiver support program.
46.87(1)(1)In this section:
46.87(1)(a) (a) “Alzheimer's disease" means a degenerative disease of the central nervous system characterized especially by premature senile mental deterioration, and also includes any other irreversible deterioration of intellectual faculties with concomitant emotional disturbance resulting from organic brain disorder.
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2017-18 Wisconsin Statutes updated through 2019 Wis. Act 50 and through all Supreme Court and Controlled Substances Board Orders filed before and in effect on December 6, 2019. Published and certified under s. 35.18. Changes effective after December 6, 2019, are designated by NOTES. (Published 12-6-19)