49.79(8m)(b) (b) The department shall allow an employee of a correctional institution who has been authorized by a prisoner of the institution to act on his or her behalf in matters related to the food stamp program to receive and conduct telephone calls on behalf of the prisoner in matters related to the food stamp program.
49.79(9) (9)Employment and training program.
49.79(9)(a)1.1. The department shall administer an employment and training program for recipients under the food stamp program and may contract with county departments under ss. 46.215, 46.22, and 46.23, multicounty consortia, local workforce development boards established under 29 USC 2832, tribal governing bodies, or other organizations to carry out the administrative functions. A county department, multicounty consortium, local workforce development board, tribal governing body, or other organization may subcontract with a Wisconsin Works agency or another provider to administer the employment and training program under this subsection. Except as provided in subds. 2. and 3., the department may require able individuals who are 18 to 60 years of age who are not participants in a Wisconsin Works employment position to participate in the employment and training program under this subsection.
49.79(9)(a)2. 2. The department may not require an individual who is a recipient under the food stamp program and who is the caretaker of a child under the age of 6 to participate in any employment and training program under this subsection.
49.79(9)(a)3. 3. The department may not require an individual who is a recipient under the food stamp program to participate in any employment and training program under this subsection if that individual is enrolled at least half time in a school, as defined in s. 49.26 (1) (a) 2., a training program, or an institution of higher education.
49.79(9)(a)4. 4. The amount of food stamp benefits paid to a recipient who is a participant in a Wisconsin Works employment position under s. 49.147 (4) or (5) shall be calculated based on the pre-sanction benefit amount received under s. 49.148.
49.79(9)(a)5. 5. A participant in an employment and training program under this subsection administered by the department is an employee of the department for purposes of worker's compensation coverage, except to the extent that the person for whom the participant is performing work provides worker's compensation coverage. A participant in an employment and training program under this subsection administered by a Wisconsin Works agency or another provider is an employee of the Wisconsin Works agency or other provider for purposes of worker's compensation coverage, except to the extent that the person for whom the participant is performing work provides worker's compensation coverage.
49.79(9)(b) (b) Except as provided in par. (c), an individual who fails to comply with the work requirements under par. (a) without good cause is ineligible to participate in the food stamp program as follows:
49.79(9)(b)1. 1. For the first occurrence of noncompliance, one month, or until the person complies with the work requirements under par. (a), whichever is later.
49.79(9)(b)2. 2. For the 2nd occurrence of noncompliance, 3 months, or until the person complies with the work requirements under par. (a), whichever is later.
49.79(9)(b)3. 3. For the 3rd and subsequent occurrences of noncompliance, 6 months, or until the person complies with the work requirements under par. (a), whichever is later.
49.79(9)(c) (c) If the department implements a policy under sub. (10), par. (b) does not apply to an individual who is required to fulfill the work requirement under sub. (10) (a).
49.79(10) (10)Eligibility and work requirements for able-bodied adults.
49.79(10)(a)(a) The department may implement a policy that complies with 7 CFR 273.24. If the department implements a policy under this paragraph, all of the following apply:
49.79(10)(a)1. 1. The department shall require an able-bodied adult who is participating in the food stamp program to fulfill the work requirement defined under 7 CFR 273.24 (a) (1).
49.79(10)(a)2. 2. If an able-bodied adult does not fulfill the work requirement, the department may limit the able-bodied adult's eligibility for food stamps to no more than 3 months during a 3-year period.
49.79(10)(a)3. 3. The department may exempt up to 15 percent of the able-bodied adults who are participating in the food stamp program from the time limit under subd. 2.
49.79(10)(b) (b) If the department determines that a waiver, or an amendment to a waiver, is necessary to implement a policy that complies with 7 CFR 273.24, the department shall request the waiver or the amendment to the waiver from the federal department of agriculture to permit the department to implement a policy that complies with 7 CFR 273.24 as provided under this subsection.
49.79 History History: 2001 a. 16 ss. 1656sy to 1656tjk, 1656tjm to 1656tp, 1656tr, 1656ts to 1656tx, 1838sb to 1838td.; Stats 2001 s. 49.79; 2003 a. 33; 2005 a. 25; 2005 a. 443 s. 265; 2007 a. 20 ss. 1397, 1399 to 1407, 1662 to 1669; 2011 a. 32; 2013 a. 20, 168.
49.793 49.793 Recovery of food stamps.
49.793(1) (1) The department or a county, a multicounty consortium, as defined in s. 49.78 (1) (br), or an elected governing body of a federally recognized American Indian tribe or band acting on behalf of the department, may recover overpayments that arise from an overissuance of food coupons under the food stamp program administered under s. 46.215 (1) (k) or 46.22 (1) (b) 2. d. Recovery shall be made in accordance with 7 USC 2022.
49.793(2) (2)
49.793(2)(a)(a) Except as provided in par. (b), a county, multicounty consortium, as defined in s. 49.78 (1) (br), or governing body of a federally recognized American Indian tribe may retain a portion of the amount of an overpayment the state is authorized to retain under 7 USC 2025 that is recovered under sub. (1) due to the efforts of an employee or officer of the county, multicounty consortium, or tribe. The department shall promulgate a rule establishing the portion of the amount of the overpayment that the county, multicounty consortium, or governing body may retain. This paragraph does not apply to recovery of an overpayment that was made as a result of state, county, multicounty consortium, or tribal governing body error.
49.793(2)(b) (b) Any amount that Milwaukee County would otherwise be entitled to retain under par. (a) for the recovery of an overpayment due to the efforts of a department employee or officer, or a county employee or officer under the management of the department, shall be credited to the appropriation account under s. 20.435 (4) (L).
49.793 History History: 2001 a. 16 ss. 1656ty, 1656tym; Stats. 2001 s. 49.793; 2009 a. 15; 2011 a. 32.
49.796 49.796 Food stamp reinstatement. A person may apply to a multicounty consortium, as defined in s. 49.78 (1) (br), or a federally recognized American Indian tribal governing body or, if the person is a supplier, as defined in s. 946.92 (1) (d), to the federal department of agriculture for reinstatement of benefits following a period of suspension imposed under s. 946.92, if the suspension is not permanent.
49.796 History History: 2013 a. 226 s. 43; Stats. 2013 s. 49.796.
49.797 49.797 Electronic benefit transfer.
49.797(1) (1) Definition. In this section, "food stamp program" means the federal food stamp program under 7 USC 2011 to 2029 or, if the department determines that the food stamp program no longer exists, a nutrition program that the department determines is a successor to the food stamp program.
49.797(2) (2)Delivery of food stamps.
49.797(2)(a)(a) Notwithstanding s. 46.028 and except as provided in par. (b) and sub. (8), the department shall administer a statewide program to deliver food stamp benefits to recipients of food stamp benefits by an electronic benefit transfer system. All suppliers, as defined in s. 946.92 (1) (d), may participate in the delivery of food stamp benefits under the electronic benefit transfer system. The department shall explore methods by which nontraditional retailers, such as farmers' markets, may participate in the delivery of food stamp benefits under the electronic benefit transfer system.
49.797(2)(b) (b) The department need not implement a program to deliver food stamp benefits by an electronic benefit transfer system if any of the following applies:
49.797(2)(b)1. 1. The department determines that the cost of the electronic benefit transfer system would be greater than the cost of another food stamp delivery system.
49.797(2)(b)2. 2. The department determines that the state may be liable under 12 CFR 205 for lost or stolen benefits.
49.797(4) (4)Duties. In administering a program to deliver benefits by an electronic benefit transfer system, the department shall do all of the following:
49.797(4)(a) (a) Consult with members of the following groups:
49.797(4)(a)1. 1. Benefit recipients.
49.797(4)(a)2. 2. Advocates for benefit recipients.
49.797(4)(a)3. 3. Financial institution personnel.
49.797(4)(a)4. 4. Appropriate county, state and tribal governing body employees.
49.797(4)(a)5. 5. Persons who sell goods or services to recipients for which payment may be made by use of an electronic benefit transfer system, including, as appropriate, retailers, landlords and public utilities.
49.797(4)(b) (b) Hold informational meetings at a variety of locations around the state.
49.797(4)(c) (c) To the extent possible, maximize the use of existing automated teller machines and point-of-sale terminals.
49.797(4)(d) (d) Authorize the use of cards that physically resemble financial transaction cards, as defined in s. 943.41 (1) (em).
49.797(5) (5)State agencies. The department may enter into an agreement with any state agency to deliver benefits paid by that agency by an electronic benefit transfer system.
49.797(6) (6)Administration; contracts. The department may enter into a contract with any financial institution, as defined in s. 705.01 (3), or other fiscal intermediary to administer a program to deliver benefits to recipients by an electronic benefit transfer system. The contract shall require the contractor to do all of the following:
49.797(6)(a) (a) Provide training on the use of the electronic benefit transfer system to the persons enumerated in sub. (4) (a).
49.797(6)(b) (b) Provide ongoing assistance, on a 24-hour basis, on the use of the electronic benefit transfer system.
49.797(7) (7)Rules. The department shall promulgate rules for the administration of the electronic benefit transfer system under this section. The rules shall include all of the following:
49.797(7)(a) (a) The liability, and limits on the liability, of a recipient for lost benefits after the loss or theft of a card issued to the recipient under sub. (4) (d).
49.797(7)(b) (b) The suspension from a program of recipients, retailers or other participants for fraudulent activity, as defined by the department.
49.797(7)(c) (c) A provision for confidentiality.
49.797(7)(d) (d) Measures to be taken by the department or the person with whom the department contracts under sub. (6) to ensure the security of card issuance and electronic transfer of benefits.
49.797(8) (8)County participation; exception. The department may not require a multicounty consortium, as defined in s. 49.78 (1) (br), or tribal governing body to participate in an electronic benefit transfer system under this section if the costs to the multicounty consortium or tribal governing body would be greater than the costs that the multicounty consortium or tribal governing body would incur in delivering the benefits through a system that is not an electronic benefit transfer system.
49.797 History History: 2001 a. 16 ss. 1656u to 1656ue, 1656uj to 1656ut; Stats. 2001 s. 49.797; 2009 a. 28; 2011 a. 32; 2013 a. 226.
49.797 Cross-reference Cross-reference: See also ch. DHS 252, Wis. adm. code.
subch. VI of ch. 49 SUBCHAPTER VI
GENERAL PROVISIONS
49.81 49.81 Public assistance recipients' bill of rights. The department of health services, the department of children and families, and all public assistance and relief-granting agencies shall respect rights for recipients of public assistance. The rights shall include all rights guaranteed by the U.S. constitution and the constitution of this state, and in addition shall include:
49.81(1) (1) The right to be treated with respect by state agents.
49.81(2) (2) The right to confidentiality of agency records and files on the recipient. Nothing in this subsection shall prohibit the use of such records for auditing or accounting purposes or, to the extent permitted under federal law, for the purposes of locating persons, or the assets of persons, who have failed to file tax returns, who have underreported their taxable income or who are delinquent taxpayers, identifying fraudulent tax returns or providing information for tax-related prosecutions.
49.81(3) (3) The right to access to agency records and files relating to the recipient, except that the agency may withhold information obtained under a promise of confidentiality.
49.81(4) (4) The right to a speedy determination of the recipient's status or eligibility for public assistance, to notice of any proposed change in such status or eligibility, and, in the case of assistance granted under s. 49.19, 49.46, 49.468, 49.47, or 49.471, to a speedy appeals process for resolving contested determinations.
49.82 49.82 Administration of public assistance programs.
49.82(1)(1) Departments to advise counties. The department of health services and the department of children and families shall advise all county officers charged with the administration of requirements relating to public assistance programs under this chapter and shall render all possible assistance in securing compliance therewith, including the preparation of necessary forms and reports. The department of health services and the department of children and families shall also publish any information that those departments consider advisable to acquaint persons entitled to public assistance, and the public generally, with the laws governing public assistance under this chapter.
49.82(2) (2)Eligibility verification.
49.82(2)(a)(a) Except as provided in par. (b), for each person included in an application for public assistance under this chapter, proof shall be provided of his or her social security number or that an application for a social security number has been made.
49.82(2)(b) (b) Paragraph (a) does not apply to any of the following:
49.82(2)(b)1. 1. A child who is eligible for medical assistance under s. 49.46, 49.47, or 49.471 because of 42 USC 1396a (e) (4).
49.82(2)(b)2. 2. An unborn child who is eligible for coverage under s. 49.471 or the Badger Care health care program under s. 49.665 (4) (ap).
49.82(2)(b)3. 3. A person who is applying for medical assistance under subch. IV, coverage under the Badger Care health care program under s. 49.665, or coverage under the program for prescription drug assistance for elderly persons under s. 49.688 and who refuses to obtain a social security number because of well-established religious objections, as defined in 42 CFR 435.910 (h) (2).
49.825 49.825 Department administration in Milwaukee County.
49.825(1)(1) Definitions. In this section:
49.825(1)(a) (a) "County" means Milwaukee County.
49.825(1)(b) (b) "Department" means the department of health services.
49.825(1)(c) (c) "Income maintenance program" has the meaning given in s. 49.78 (1) (b).
49.825(1)(d) (d) "Secretary" means the secretary of health services.
49.825(1)(e) (e) "Unit" means the Milwaukee County enrollment services unit.
49.825(2) (2)Establishment of unit.
49.825(2)(a)(a) The department shall establish a Milwaukee County enrollment services unit under s. 15.02 (3) (c) 3. to determine eligibility under and administer the following public assistance programs in the county:
49.825(2)(a)1. 1. Income maintenance programs.
49.825(2)(a)2. 2. The programs under ss. 49.77 and 49.775.
49.825(2)(a)3. 3. To the extent contracted under par. (b), the child care subsidy program under s. 49.155.
49.825(2)(b) (b) The department of children and families may enter into a contract with the department of health services that provides for the performance of eligibility and authorization functions under the program under s. 49.155 in the county by the unit.
49.825(2)(c) (c) The department may enter into a contract with the county that provides for the performance by the county of any of the administrative functions under this subsection.
49.825(2)(d) (d) The department shall reimburse the county for all approved, allowable costs that are incurred by the county under a contract with the department for the operation of the public assistance programs under par. (a) in the county.
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2011-12 Wisconsin Statutes updated through 2013 Wis. Act 380 and all Supreme Court Orders entered before Oct. 4, 2014. Published and certified under s. 35.18. Changes effective after Oct. 4, 2014 are designated by NOTES. (Published 10-4-14)