2013 - 2014 LEGISLATURE
October 24, 2013 - Introduced by Senators Olsen, Harris and Risser, cosponsored
by Representatives Ballweg, Bernier, Bewley, Bies, Brooks, Danou, Hebl,
Jagler, LeMahieu, Murphy, A. Ott, Pasch, Sanfelippo, Severson, Steineke
and Wachs. Referred to Committee on Health and Human Services.
SB369,1,3 1An Act to create 51.42 (7) (d) of the statutes; relating to: reporting on county
2performance on providing core mental health services and requiring the
3exercise of rule-making authority.
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
Under current law, among other responsibilities of counties related to mental
health of its residents, a county board of supervisors or county boards of supervisors
of two or more counties must establish a county department of community programs
to administer a community mental health, developmental disabilities, alcoholism
and drug abuse program, make appropriations to operate the program, and
authorize grant applications to fund the program. The county department of
community programs, which is governed by a county community programs board,
has various powers and duties including the duties of entering into contracts to
render or secure services and preparing a local plan which includes an inventory of
existing resources, identifies needed resources and services and contains a plan for
meeting the needs of those who are mentally ill, developmentally disabled, alcoholic,
or drug abusers and those with other psychiatric disabilities. The Department of
Health Services (DHS) also has various duties related to the county departments of
community programs including reviewing requests and certifying county
departments of community programs and community mental health programs;
developing a training curriculum for use in training members of the county
community programs boards and county human services boards; and prescribing
certain standards and requirements.

This bill requires DHS to promulgate rules by January 1, 2016, to create a
mechanism for counties to report which mental health services and programs they
For further information see the state and local fiscal estimate, which will be
printed as an appendix to this bill.
The people of the state of Wisconsin, represented in senate and assembly, do
enact as follows:
SB369,1 1Section 1. 51.42 (7) (d) of the statutes is created to read:
SB369,2,42 51.42 (7) (d) By January 1, 2016, the department shall promulgate rules to
3create a mechanism for counties to report to the department which mental health
4services and programs they provide.
SB369,2,55 (End)