2017 - 2018 LEGISLATURE
SENATE SUBSTITUTE AMENDMENT 1,
TO SENATE BILL 666
February 13, 2018 - Offered by
Joint Committee on Finance.
1An Act to create
20.485 (2) (c) and 45.455 of the statutes; relating to: a program
2to provide outreach, support, and mental health and substance abuse services
3for veterans and making an appropriation.
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
This substitute amendment requires the Department of Veterans Affairs to
administer a program to provide outreach, mental health services, and support to
certain individuals who are serving or who have served in the armed forces and who
have a mental health condition or substance abuse disorder. Under the substitute
amendment, DVA must provide quarterly reports to the governor and the Joint
Committee on Finance that include the number of individuals served by the
program, the services provided to individuals, and the types of insurance held by
individuals who receive services under the program.
The people of the state of Wisconsin, represented in senate and assembly, do
enact as follows:
20.005 (3) (schedule) of the statutes: at the appropriate place, insert 5
the following amounts for the purposes indicated:
- See PDF for table
20.485 (2) (c) of the statutes is created to read:
(c) Veterans outreach and recovery program.
Biennially, the amounts 3
in the schedule to provide outreach, mental health services, and support as specified 4
in s. 45.455.
45.455 of the statutes is created to read:
645.455 Veterans outreach and recovery program. (1)
To be funded from 7
the appropriation under s. 20.485 (2) (c), the department shall administer a program 8
to provide outreach, mental health services, and support to individuals who have a 9
mental health condition or substance abuse disorder, and who meet one of the 10
(a) Are serving in the national guard of any state or a reserve component of the 12
U.S. armed forces.
(b) Served on active duty in the U.S. armed forces, forces incorporated as part 14
of the U.S. armed forces, a reserve component of the U.S. armed forces, or the 15
national guard of any state and were discharged under conditions other than 16
The eligibility requirements under s. 45.02 do not apply to an individual 18
receiving services under sub. (1).
The department may provide payments to facilitate the provision of services 2
under sub. (1).
Beginning on June 30, 2018, and quarterly thereafter, the department shall 4
submit a report to the governor and the joint committee on finance that includes all 5
of the following:
(a) The number of veterans served and the services provided to veterans under 7
(b) The types of insurance a veteran has at the time the veteran receives a 9
service under sub. (1).
(1) Position authority.
The authorized FTE positions for the department of 12
veterans affairs are increased by 8.0 GPR FTE positions, to be funded from the 13
appropriation under section 20.485 (2) (c) of the statutes, for the purpose of 14
administering the program to provide outreach, mental health services, and support 15
under section 45.455 of the statutes.