Award grants in each fiscal year to organizations for domestic abuse services for individuals who are members of underserved populations, including racial minority group members and individuals with mental illness or developmental disabilities.
Award a grant in each fiscal year to the Wisconsin Coalition Against Domestic Violence toward the cost of a staff person to provide assistance in obtaining legal services to domestic abuse victims.
Award a grant of $563,500 in each fiscal year to the Refugee Family Strengthening Project for providing domestic abuse services to the refugee population. Funding may be used to hire bilingual staff persons, especially those who speak Hmong.
(2m) Reporting requirements.
Any organization that receives a grant under this section shall report all of the following information to the department by February 15 annually:
The total expenditures that the organization made on domestic abuse services in the period for which the grant was provided.
The expenditures specified in par. (a)
by general category of domestic abuse services provided.
The number of persons served in the period for which the grant was provided by general type of domestic abuse service.
The number of persons who were in need of domestic abuse services in the period for which the grant was provided but who did not receive the domestic abuse services that they needed.
(3) Council on domestic abuse.
The council on domestic abuse shall:
Review applications for grants under this section and advise the secretary as to whether the applications should be approved or denied. The council shall consider the criteria under sub. (2) (b)
when reviewing the applications.
Advise the secretary and the legislature on matters of domestic abuse policy.
Develop with the judicial conference and provide without cost simplified forms for filing petitions for domestic abuse restraining orders and injunctions under s. 813.12
(4) List of eligible organizations. 49.165(4)(a)(a)
The department shall certify to the government accountability board, on a continuous basis, a list containing the name and address of each organization that is eligible to receive grants under sub. (2)
The department shall make available to law enforcement agencies a current list containing the name and address of each organization that is eligible to receive grants under sub. (2)
History: 1979 c. 111
; 1979 c. 355
; 1981 c. 20
, 2202 (20) (s)
; 1983 a. 27
, 2202 (20)
; 1983 a. 204
; 1985 a. 29
; 1987 a. 332
; 1989 a. 31
; 1991 a. 39
; 1993 a. 16
; 1995 a. 27
, 9116 (5)
; 1997 a. 27
; 1999 a. 9
; 2005 a. 25
; 2007 a. 1
; 2007 a. 20
; Stats. 2007 s. 49.165; 2011 a. 32
; 2013 a. 20
Alcohol and other drug abuse treatment grant program. 49.167(1)(1)
The department may award grants to counties, tribal governing bodies, and private entities to provide community-based alcohol and other drug abuse treatment programs that are targeted at individuals who have a family income of not more than 200% of the poverty line and who are eligible for temporary assistance for needy families under 42 USC 601
et seq. and that do all of the following:
Meet the special needs of low-income persons with problems resulting from alcohol or other drug abuse.
Emphasize parent education, vocational and housing assistance and coordination with other community programs and with treatment under intensive care.
The department shall do all of the following with respect to any grants awarded under par. (a)
Award the grants in accordance with the department's request-for-proposal procedures.
Ensure that the grants are distributed in both urban and rural communities.
Evaluate the programs under the grants by use of client-outcome measurements that the department develops.
The department shall coordinate the grant program under this section with any similar grant program administered by the department of health services.
Literacy grants. 49.169(2)(2)
The department may award grants to qualified applicants for the provision of literacy training to individuals who are eligible for temporary assistance for needy families under 42 USC 601
The department, in consultation with the technical college system board, the department of public instruction, and the governor's office, shall develop written criteria to be used to evaluate any grant proposals and to allocate any grants under this section among successful grant applicants.
The department shall require grant recipients to coordinate with the appropriate Wisconsin works agencies to ensure that those participants in Wisconsin works who are served by those Wisconsin works agencies and who need literacy training receive adequate literacy training.
History: 1999 a. 9
; 2003 a. 33
Public assistance and local assistance allocations. 49.175(1)(1)
Allocation of funds.
Except as provided in subs. (2)
, within the limits of the appropriations under s. 20.437 (2) (a)
, and (s)
and (3) (kp)
, the department shall allocate the following amounts for the following purposes:
Wisconsin Works benefits.
For Wisconsin Works benefits, $83,000,000 in fiscal year 2015-16 and $83,000,000 in fiscal year 2016-17.
Wisconsin Works agency contracts; job access loans.
For contracts with Wisconsin Works agencies under s. 49.143
and for job access loans under s. 49.147 (6)
, $58,336,500 in each fiscal year.
State administration of public assistance programs and overpayment collections.
For state administration of public assistance programs and the collection of public assistance overpayments, $15,080,200 in fiscal year 2015-16 and $15,295,800 in fiscal year 2016-17.
Public assistance program fraud and error reduction.
For activities to reduce fraud under s. 49.197 (1m)
and activities to reduce payment errors under s. 49.197 (3)
, $605,500 in each fiscal year.
For emergency assistance under s. 49.138
and for transfer to the department of administration for low-income energy or weatherization assistance programs, $8,500,000 in fiscal year 2015-16 and $8,400,000 in fiscal year 2016-17.
Grants for providing civil legal services.
For the grants under 2015 Wisconsin Act 55, section 9106 (2q)
, to Wisconsin Trust Account Foundation, Inc., for distribution to programs that provide civil legal services to low-income families, $500,000 in each fiscal year.
Transform Milwaukee and Transitional Jobs programs.
For contract costs under the Transform Milwaukee Jobs program and the Transitional Jobs program under s. 49.163
, $6,000,000 in fiscal year 2015-16 and $7,000,000 in fiscal year 2016-17.
Adult literacy grants.
For grants to qualified applicants under s. 49.169
to provide literacy training to adults who are eligible for temporary assistance for needy families under 42 USC 601
et seq., $41,600 in each fiscal year.
For services under the work experience program for noncustodial parents under s. 49.36
, $1,140,000 in each fiscal year.
Fostering futures: connections count.
For funding community connectors to interact with vulnerable families with young children and to connect families with formal and informal community support, $360,300 in fiscal year 2016-17.
Direct child care services.
For direct child care services under s. 49.155
, $262,064,700 in fiscal year 2015-16 and $280,719,700 in fiscal year 2016-17.
Child care state administration and licensing activities.
For state administration of child care programs under s. 49.155
and for child care licensing activities, $35,244,600 in fiscal year 2015-16 and $33,248,300 in fiscal year 2016-17.
Quality care for quality kids.
For the child care quality improvement activities specified in s. 49.155 (1g)
, $15,492,700 in each fiscal year.
Children of recipients of supplemental security income.
For payments made under s. 49.775
for the support of the dependent children of recipients of supplemental security income, $31,338,200 in each fiscal year.
Kinship care and long-term kinship care assistance.
For kinship care and long-term kinship care payments under s. 48.57 (3m) (am)
and (3n) (am)
, for assessments to determine eligibility for those payments, and for agreements under s. 48.57 (3t)
with the governing bodies of Indian tribes for the administration of the kinship care and long-term kinship care programs within the boundaries of the reservations of those tribes, $21,222,700 in fiscal year 2015-16 and $21,435,000 in fiscal year 2016-17.
Safety and out-of-home placement services.
For services provided to ensure the safety of children who the department or a county determines may remain at home if appropriate services are provided, and for services provided to families with children placed in out-of-home care, $3,647,200 in fiscal year 2015-16 and $5,392,700 in fiscal year 2016-17.
For services to prevent child abuse or neglect in counties having a population of 500,000 or more, $1,389,600 in each fiscal year.
General education development.
For general education development testing and preparation for individuals who are eligible for temporary assistance for needy families under 42 USC 601
et seq., $127,000 in fiscal year 2015-16 and $115,000 in fiscal year 2016-17.
Wisconsin Community Services.
For a grant to Wisconsin Community Services for the community building workshop facilitator training to provide services that are targeted to individuals in the city of Milwaukee who are eligible for funds under the federal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families block grant program under 42 USC 601
et seq., $400,000 in each fiscal year.
Grants to the Boys and Girls Clubs of America.
For grants to the Wisconsin Chapter of the Boys and Girls Clubs of America to fund programs that improve social, academic, and employment skills of youth who are eligible to receive temporary assistance for needy families under 42 USC 601
et seq., focusing on study habits, intensive tutoring in math and English, and exposure to career options and role models, $1,175,000 in each fiscal year. Grants provided under this paragraph may not be used by the grant recipient to replace funding for programs that are being funded, when the grant proceeds are received, with moneys other than those from the appropriations specified in sub. (1) (intro.)
. The total amount of the grants includes funds for the Green Bay Boys and Girls Clubs for the BE GREAT: Graduate program in the amount of matching funds that the program provides, up to $75,000 in each fiscal year, to be used only for activities for which federal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families block grant moneys may be used.
Earned income tax credit supplement.
For the transfer of moneys from the appropriation account under s. 20.437 (2) (md)
to the appropriation account under s. 20.835 (2) (kf)
for the earned income tax credit, $67,600,000 in fiscal year 2015-16 and $69,700,000 in fiscal year 2016-17.
The department may reallocate funds that are allocated under a paragraph under sub. (1)
for any purpose specified in a paragraph under sub. (1)
if the secretary of administration approves the reallocation.
If the amounts of federal block grant moneys that are required to be credited to the appropriation accounts under s. 20.437 (2) (mc)
are less than the amounts appropriated under s. 20.437 (2) (mc)
, the department shall submit a plan to the secretary of administration for reducing the amounts of moneys allocated under sub. (1)
. If the secretary of administration approves the plan, the amounts of moneys required to be allocated under sub. (1)
may be reduced as proposed by the department and the department shall allocate the moneys as specified in the plan.
(3) Limit on certain funds.
Moneys from the appropriation account under s. 20.437 (3) (kp)
for the allocations specified in sub. (1)
shall be limited to $4,730,300 and may be expended only for obligations incurred between October 1, 2015, and September 30, 2016.
History: 1997 a. 27
; 1999 a. 9
; 2001 a. 16
; 2003 a. 33
; 2005 a. 25
; 2007 a. 5
; 2009 a. 2
; 2011 a. 10
; 2013 a. 20
; 2015 a. 55
Aid to families with dependent children. 49.19(1)(a)(a)
In this section, "dependent child" means a child under the age of 18 or, if the child is a full-time student at a secondary school or its vocational or technical equivalent and is reasonably expected to complete the program before reaching 19, is under the age of 19, who:
Has been deprived of parental support or care by reason of the death, continued absence from the home other than absence occasioned solely by reason of the performance of active duty in the uniformed services of the United States, unemployment or incapacity of a parent; and
Is living with a parent; a blood relative, including those of half-blood, and including first cousins, nephews or nieces and persons of preceding generations as denoted by prefixes of grand, great or great-great; a stepfather, stepmother, stepbrother or stepsister; a person who legally adopts the child or is the adoptive parent of the child's parent, a natural or legally adopted child of such person or a relative of an adoptive parent; or a spouse of any person named in this subparagraph even if the marriage is terminated by death or divorce; and is living in a residence maintained by one or more of these relatives as the child's or their own home, or living in a residence maintained by one or more of these relatives as the child's or their own home because the parents of the child have been found unfit to have care and custody of the child; or
Is living in a foster home licensed under s. 48.62
if a license is required under that section, in a foster home located within the boundaries of a federally recognized American Indian reservation in this state and licensed by the tribal governing body of the reservation, in a group home licensed under s. 48.625
, or in a residential care center for children and youth licensed under s. 48.60
, and has been placed in the foster home, group home, or center by a county department under s. 46.215
, or 46.23
, by the department, by the department of corrections, or by a federally recognized American Indian tribal governing body in this state under an agreement with a county department.
Any individual may apply for aid to families with dependent children and shall have opportunity to do so. Application for aid shall be made on forms prescribed by the department. Any person having knowledge that any child is dependent upon the public for proper support or that the interest of the public requires that such child be granted aid may bring the facts to the notice of an agency administering such aid in the county in which the child resides.
"Aid to families with dependent children" means money payments with respect to, or vendor payments as prescribed by the department, or medical care in behalf of or any type of remedial care recognized under subs. (1)
or s. 49.46
or necessary burial expenses as defined in sub. (5)
in behalf of a dependent child or dependent children.
"Aid to families with dependent children" also includes such aid to meet the needs of the relative with whom any dependent child is living and the spouse of the relative if:
The spouse is living with the relative, the relative is the child's parent and the child is a dependent child by reason of the physical or mental incapacity of a parent; or
The spouse is a convicted offender permitted to live at home but precluded from earning a wage because the spouse is required by a court imposed sentence to perform unpaid public work or unpaid community service.
"Aid to families with dependent children" also includes payments made to another individual not a relative enumerated under par. (a)
, pursuant to federal regulations, if:
The individual has been appointed by a court of competent jurisdiction as a legal representative of the dependent child; or
The individual who may be a caseworker has been designated by the county department under s. 46.215
to receive payment of the aid or cash payments to recipients who are engaged in an approved work relief or training project.
The rate of payment for skilled nursing care provided under this section shall be determined by the county under guidelines established by the department pursuant to s. 49.45 (6m)
. Payment for limited care shall not exceed 90% of the applicable Title XIX skilled care rate. Payment for personal care shall not exceed 80% of the applicable Title XIX skilled care rate.
A home visit may be made at the option of the county to investigate the circumstances of the child before granting aid. The department may, however, require a county to make a home visit for this purpose if the department finds that a need exists. A report upon a home visit shall be made in writing and become a part of the record in the case. Every applicant shall be promptly notified in writing of the disposition of his or her application. Aid shall be furnished with reasonable promptness to any eligible individual.
A county department under s. 46.215
may not accept a rent receipt to verify the residence of an applicant for or recipient of aid under this section unless the receipt shows the name, address and home and business telephone numbers of the landlord or the landlord's designee.
Recipients of aid under this section shall, as a condition for continued receipt of the aid, provide accurate monthly reports of any circumstances which may affect their eligibility or the amount of assistance. The department shall promulgate rules selecting categories of recipients who may report less frequently in order to reduce administrative expense and shall specify monthly dates by which reports shall be submitted.
An alien shall provide the department with reports the department requires to determine eligibility and the amount of aid, including reports about the alien's sponsor.
Eligibility for aid to families with dependent children for any month shall be based on estimated income, resources, family size and other similar relevant circumstances during that month. The amount of aid for any month shall be based on income and other relevant circumstances in the first or, at the option of the department, the 2nd month preceding such a month, except that the amount of aid in the first month or, at the option of the department, the first and 2nd months of a period of consecutive months for which aid is payable is based on estimated income and other relevant circumstances in such first month or first and 2nd months. The department may promulgate rules establishing payment and reporting months as needed to administer this paragraph.
Any person who has conveyed, transferred or disposed of any asset that would be included in determining the value of assets under sub. (4) (bm)
within 2 years prior to the date of making application, or of redetermination of eligibility, for benefits under this section at less than fair market value shall, unless shown to the contrary, be presumed to have made the transfer, conveyance or disposition in contemplation of receiving benefits under this section and shall be ineligible to receive the benefits thereafter until the uncompensated value of the asset is expended by or on behalf of the person for his or her maintenance needs, including needs for medical care. The department shall promulgate rules for the administration of this paragraph. This paragraph shall apply to the extent permitted under federal law.
After the investigation and report and a finding of eligibility, aid as defined in sub. (1)
shall be granted by the county department under s. 46.215
as the best interest of the child requires. No such aid shall be furnished any person for any period during which that person is receiving supplemental security income or for any month if, on the last day of the month, that person is participating in a strike or to any person who fails to apply for or provide such social security account numbers as required by federal law.
If the county department under s. 46.215
finds a person eligible for aid under this section, that county department shall, on a form to be prescribed by the department, direct the payment of such aid by order upon the secretary of administration. Payment of aid shall be made monthly, based on a calendar month or fiscal month as defined by the department; except that the director of the county department may, in his or her discretion for the purpose of protecting the public, direct that the monthly allowance be paid in accordance with sub. (5) (c)
The aid shall be granted only upon the following conditions:
There must be a dependent child who is living with the person charged with its care and custody and dependent upon the public for proper support. Aid may also be granted for minors other than to those specified, but not for a dependent child 18 years of age or older who is living in a home or institution specified under sub. (1) (a) 2. b.