2017 - 2018 LEGISLATURE
December 21, 2017 - Introduced by Senators Petrowski, Cowles,
Carpenter, Darling, Olsen, Wanggaard and Marklein, cosponsored by
Representatives Felzkowski, Loudenbeck, Anderson, Hesselbein,
Horlacher, Jacque, Jagler, Kitchens, Kuglitsch, Kulp, Milroy, Novak, Ott,
Quinn, Rohrkaste, Schraa, Tauchen, Tranel, Mursau, VanderMeer and
Goyke. Referred to Committee on Transportation and Veterans Affairs.
1An Act to repeal
20.485 (2) (c); and to create
20.485 (2) (c) of the statutes; 2relating to: pilot program to provide outreach, support, and mental health and
3substance abuse services for veterans and making an appropriation.
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
This bill requires the Department of Veterans Affairs to administer a pilot
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 bill, 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.
For further information see the state 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:
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 2017 Wisconsin Act .... (this act), section 4 (1).
20.485 (2) (c) of the statutes, as affected by 2017 Wisconsin Act .... 6
(this act), is repealed.
Veterans outreach and recovery program.
(a) To be funded from the appropriation under section 20.485 (2) (c) of the 10
statutes, the department of veterans affairs shall administer a pilot program, ending 11
on June 30, 2019, to provide outreach, mental health services, and support to 12
individuals who may have a mental health condition or substance abuse disorder, 13
and who meet one of the following conditions:
1. Are serving in the national guard of any state or a reserve component of the 15
U.S. armed forces.
2. Served on active duty in the U.S. armed forces, forces incorporated as part 17
of the U.S. armed forces, a reserve component of the U.S. armed forces, or the 18
national guard of any state and were discharged under conditions other than 19
(b) The eligibility requirements under section 45.02 of the statutes do not apply 2
to an individual receiving services under paragraph (a
(c) The department of veterans affairs may provide payments to facilitate the 4
provision of services under paragraph (a
(d) Beginning on June 30, 2018, and quarterly thereafter, the department of 6
veterans affairs shall submit a report to the governor and the joint committee on 7
finance that includes all of the following:
1. The number of veterans served and the services provided to veterans under 9
2. The types of insurance a veteran has at the time the veteran receives a 11
service under paragraph (a).
(2) Reporting expenses and recommendations.
In the report under subsection 13
) that is due on December 30, 2018, the department of veterans affairs shall 14
include a summary of the administrative expenses for the program and the 15
department's recommendations for whether to continue or expand the pilot program 16
under subsection (1).
(3) Position authority.
The authorized FTE positions for the department of 18
veterans affairs are increased by 8.0 GPR FTE project positions, to be funded from 19
the appropriation under section 20.485 (2) (c) of the statutes, for the purpose of 20
administering the program to provide outreach, treatment, and support under 21
subsection (1), for the period beginning on the effective date of this subsection and 22
ending on June 30, 2019.
This act takes effect on the day after publication, 24
except as follows:
The repeal of of section 20.485 (2) (c) of the statutes takes effect on July 1, 2