day camps for children;
  foster homes and treatment foster homes for children;
  group homes for children;
  shelter care facilities for children;
  child-placing agencies;
  ambulance service providers;
  3-4 bed adult family homes certified or licensed by the Department;
  residential care apartment complexes (formerly called assisted living facilities);
  community-based residential facilities (CBRFs);
  nursing homes and facilities for the developmentally disabled;
  hospice programs;
  home health agencies, including those that provide personal care services;
  rural medical centers; and
  child-caring institutions;
  county-certified family day care providers; and
  day care providers contracted through local school boards.
Many of the entities are small businesses as “small businesses" is defined in s. 227.114 (1) (a), Stats. This includes about 1/3 of the community mental health and AODA programs; nearly all the 2,665 family day care centers; nearly 1/3 of the 2,269 group day care centers; 12 of the 80 private child-placing agencies; most of the 2,800 foster homes and 10% of the 140 group homes; 25 of 450 ambulance service providers; 7 of 45 residential care apartment complexes; 600 of 1,120 CBRFs; 96 of 472 nursing homes; most of the hospice programs; and 115 of 191 home health agencies.
The revised rules minimize repetition of ss. 48.685 and 50.065, Stats., and are designed to supplement those statutes by providing guidance on:
  Sanctions associated with the acts committed under the Caregiver Law;
  Determining whether an offense is substantially related to client care;
  Reporting responsibilities; and
  The conduct of rehabilitation review.
The requirements found in the rules are either taken from the statutes that the rules implement, ss. 48.685 and 50.065, Stats., as created by 1997 Wis. Act 27 and amended by 1997 Wis. Act 237 and 1999 Wis. Act 9, or those statutes direct the Department to specify the requirements.
No new professional skills are necessary for entities to comply with ch. HFS 12.
Notice of Hearings
Health & Family Services
(Health, Chs. HFS 110-)
Notice is hereby given that, pursuant to ss. 254.71 (6) and 254.74 (1), Stats., the Department of Health and Family Services will hold public hearings to consider the repeal and recreation of Ch. HFS 196, Wis. Adm. Code, relating to restaurants. The hearings are being held in conjunction with the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection which is promulgating a rule for retail food establishments that includes the same Appendix A, Wisconsin Food Code, as is being proposed as an appendix to ch. HFS 196.
Hearing Information
April 25, 2000   Eau Claire Health Department
Tuesday   Room G 30-31
9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.   720 Second Avenue
April 27, 2000   Appleton Public Library
Thursday   Lower Level
9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.   125 N. Oneida St.
April 28, 2000   Northwest Health Center
  Basement Conference Room
Friday   Milwaukee Health Department
9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.   7630 W. Mill Road
May 2, 2000   Videoconference at the
  following 5 sites:
9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.   LaCrosse State Office Building
  Room B-29
  3550 Mormon Coulee Road
  Wisc. Rapids State Office Bldg.
  2610 Industrial Street
  Conference Room #4
  Dept. of Transportation – Superior
  1701 N. 4th St., Conference Room
  Univ. of Wisc. – Extension and DNR
  Northcentral Regional Hdquarters.
  107 Sutliff Avenue, Room #1
  Wis. Dept. of Agriculture, Trade and
  Consumer Protection
  Prairie Oak State Office Bldg.
  2811 Agriculture Drive
May 5, 2000   Wis. Dept. of Agriculture, Trade and
Friday   Consumer Protection (Prairie Oak
9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.   State Office Bldg.)
  Conference Room 106
  (Board Room)
  2811 Agriculture Drive
The hearing sites are fully accessible to people with disabilities.
Analysis Prepared by the Department of Health & Family Services
Pursuant to ss. 254.71 (6) and 254.74 (1), Stats., the Department of Health and Family Services is required to promulgate administrative rules relative to the issuance of permits to restaurants in the State of Wisconsin. The proposed rules interpret ss. 254.61 to 254.62, 254.64 to 254.72, 254.74 and 254.85, Stats. A permit is a type of approval that signifies that the restaurant complies with the requirements intended to protect public health and safety that are set forth in ch. HFS 196.
The Department proposes to revise the Department's rules for restaurants, ch. HFS 196, Wis. Adm. Code, mainly to incorporate the 1999 Federal Food Code. The Food Code is issued by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and contains model requirements for safeguarding public health with respect to purchased food. Adherence to the Code by restaurants promotes the offering of food that is unadulterated and honestly presented to consumers. The Federal Food Code, adapted to Wisconsin, is Appendix A to ch. HFS 196 and takes the place of current ss. HFS 196.05 to 196.19, relating to food supplies; food protection; food storage; food preparation; food display service and transportation; personnel; equipment and utensils; equipment installation and location; cleaning, sanitization and storage of equipment and utensils; sanitary facilities and controls; construction and maintenance of physical facilities; mobile restaurants; temporary restaurants; special organizations serving meals; and food protection practices certification of a restaurant operator or manager.
Links to Admin. Code and Statutes in this Register are to current versions, which may not be the version that was referred to in the original published document.