The department may provide payments to facilitate the provision of services under sub. (1)
History: 2019 a. 9
; 2021 a. 58
Veterans homes; management. 45.50(1)(1)
Veterans Home at King.
The department shall operate the Wisconsin Veterans Home at King and employ a commandant for the home.
Veterans Home at Union Grove.
Subject to authorization under ss. 13.48 (10)
and 20.924 (1)
, the department may construct or renovate and operate residential, treatment, and nursing care facilities, including a community-based residential facility, to be known as the Wisconsin Veterans Home at Union Grove. The department shall employ a commandant for the Wisconsin Veterans Home at Union Grove.
Veterans Home at Chippewa Falls.
Subject to authorization under ss. 13.48 (10)
and 20.924 (1)
, the department may develop, construct or renovate, and operate residential, treatment, and nursing care facilities and programs for veterans in northwestern Wisconsin, on the property of the Northern Wisconsin Center for the Developmentally Disabled in Chippewa Falls to be known as the Wisconsin Veterans Home at Chippewa Falls. The programs and facilities may include an assisted living facility, a skilled nursing facility, a medical clinic, an adult day health care center, an activities center, and a veterans assistance program. The department may employ a commandant for the Wisconsin Veterans Home at Chippewa Falls.
The department shall provide complete personal maintenance and medical care, including programs and facilities that promote comfort, recreation, well-being, or rehabilitation, to all members of veterans homes.
The department may employ any personnel that are necessary for the proper management and operation of veterans homes. In compliance with the compensation plan established pursuant to s. 230.12 (3)
, a commandant may recommend to the director of personnel charges for meals, living quarters, laundry, and other services furnished to employees and members of the employees' family maintained at veterans homes.
For the Wisconsin Veterans Home at Chippewa Falls, in lieu of the department employing personnel as authorized under par. (b)
and providing the maintenance and medical care as specified in par. (a)
, the department may enter into an agreement with a private entity to operate the home and perform such management and care using personnel employed by the private entity.
All moneys received as reimbursement for services to veterans homes employees or as payment for meals served to guests at veterans homes shall be accumulated in an account named “employee maintenance credits" and shall be paid into the general fund within one week after receipt and credited to the appropriation account under s. 20.485 (1) (gk)
. This paragraph does not apply to any agreement entered into pursuant to par. (c)
The department may develop a program to provide stipends to individuals to attend school and receive the necessary credentials to become employed at veterans homes. If the department develops a stipend program under this paragraph, the department shall promulgate rules related to the program, including the application process, eligibility criteria, stipend amount, repayment provisions, and other provisions that the department determines are necessary to administer the program.
See also ch. VA 18
, Wis. adm. code.
The department may acquire, by gift, purchase, or condemnation, lands necessary for the purposes of the veterans homes. Title to the lands shall be taken in the name of this state and shall be held by and for the uses and purposes of the veterans homes. No payment may be made out of the state treasury or otherwise for the land until the title has been examined and approved by the attorney general. Every such deed of conveyance shall be immediately recorded in the office of the proper register of deeds and filed with the secretary of state.
The department may use moneys appropriated under s. 20.485 (1) (h)
to purchase, erect, construct, or remodel buildings, to provide additions and improvements, to provide equipment, materials, supplies, and services necessary for the purposes of veterans homes, and for expenses that are necessary and incidental to acquisition of property under s. 45.51 (10)
The department may accept gifts, bequests, grants, or donations of money or of property from private sources to be administered by the department for the purposes of veterans homes. All moneys received shall be paid into the general fund and appropriated as provided in s. 20.485 (1) (h)
. The department may not apply to the gifts and bequests fund interest on certificate of savings deposits for those members who do not receive maximum monthly retained income. The department shall establish for those persons upon their request individual accounts with savings and interest applied as the member requests.
The department may enter into agreements for furnishing and charging for water and sewer service from facilities constructed at and for veterans homes to public and private properties lying in the immediate vicinity of veterans homes.
Agreements under this subsection shall be drafted to hold harmless the department, to require all expense to be paid by the applicant, and to be terminable by the department when other water and sewer services become available to the applicant.
A commandant and employees designated by the commandant may summarily arrest all persons within or upon the grounds of veterans homes who are guilty of any offense against the laws of this state or the rules governing veterans homes. For this purpose, a commandant and deputies have the power of constables.
Fire fighting services.
A fire department at a veterans home in response to emergency fire calls may make runs and render fire fighting service beyond the confines of a veterans home.
The department may establish a hospital at a veterans home. All hospitals established under this subsection may not have a total approved bed capacity, as defined in s. 150.01 (4m)
, greater than 16 beds. The approved bed capacity of a skilled nursing facility operated at a veterans home is reduced by one bed for each approved bed at the hospital established under this subsection at that home.
Medical assistance assessment exemption.
A Wisconsin veterans home is exempt from paying any assessment imposed on the licensed beds in the home under s. 50.14 (2) (am)
Natural disaster or state of emergency.
The department may expend moneys from the appropriation under s. 20.485 (1) (ks)
to pay any necessary costs to prepare for or respond to the emergency at a veterans home. The department may expend moneys under this subsection only after all funds allocated by the federal government to veterans homes in this state for purposes of responding to the emergency have been exhausted.
See also ch. VA 6
, Wis. adm. code.
Eligibility for membership. 45.51(1)(1)
Within the limitations of veterans homes, the department may admit to membership in veterans homes persons who meet the qualifications set forth in this section.
The following persons are eligible for benefits under this subchapter if they meet the applicable requirements of this subchapter:
A person who has served on active duty under honorable conditions in the U.S. armed forces or in forces incorporated as part of the U.S. armed forces for 90 days or more and at least one day during a war period or under section 1 of executive order 10957, dated August 10, 1961.
A spouse or surviving spouse of a person under subd. 1.
or a parent of a person who died while serving in the U.S. armed forces.
A person under par. (a) 1.
may be admitted to a veterans home if the person meets all of the following conditions:
Is permanently incapacitated due to physical disability or age from any substantially gainful occupation.
Has not been convicted of a felony or of a crime involving moral turpitude or, if so, has produced sufficient evidence of subsequent good conduct and reformation of character as to be satisfactory to the department.
Provides a complete financial statement containing information that the department determines is necessary to evaluate the financial circumstances of the person. The department may require a member of a veterans home to provide the department with information necessary for the department to determine the financial circumstances of the person. If a person fails to provide the additional information, the department may discharge the person from the veterans home.
Has care needs that the veterans home is able to provide within the resources allocated for the care of members of the veterans home.
In this paragraph, “
physical care" includes skilled rehabilitation services following a hospital stay that meets the qualifications under 42 CFR 409.30
Except in cases where there is an immediate need for physical care or economic assistance, the department shall act on applications based upon the date of receipt of the application by the veterans home. The department may defer establishment of the priority date of the application to the date that the veterans home is able to verify its ability to provide appropriate care to the applicant or to assure that the appropriate care setting is available within the home.
Spouses, surviving spouses, and parents derive their eligibility from the eligibility of the person under sub. (2) (a) 1.
Surviving spouses and parents of eligible persons under sub. (2) (a) 1.
shall not be eligible for admission to the Wisconsin Veterans Home at Union Grove, the Wisconsin Veterans Home at King, or the Wisconsin Veterans Home at Chippewa Falls unless a home's overall occupancy level is below an optimal level as determined by the board.
The categories for the order of priority for admission to a veterans home shall be as follows:
Within each category specified in subd. 1.
, the following order of priority shall apply:
A person who is a resident of the state on the date of application for membership in a veterans home and who has been residing continuously in the state for a period of more than 6 months immediately preceding the date of application for membership has first priority for admission.
A person who is a resident of the state on the date of application for membership in a veterans home and who has been residing continuously in the state for a period of 6 months or less immediately preceding the date of application for membership has 2nd priority for admission.
A person who is not a resident of the state on the date of application for membership in a veterans home has 3rd priority for admission.
The department may deviate from this sequence upon order of the board to prevent the separation of a husband and wife.
Additional eligibility requirements of a spouse of a veteran.
A spouse of an eligible person under sub. (2) (a) 1.
is eligible only if the spouse meets the requirements of sub. (2) (b) 3.
and if all of the following apply:
The person under sub. (2) (a) 1.
is a member, or if not a member is institutionalized elsewhere because of physical or mental disability, and the spouse had lived with the person for not less than 6 months immediately before making application for membership.
Separation from the spouse necessitated by reason of employment, hospitalization, or because of a physical or mental disability of either spouse shall not be taken to constitute an interruption of the 6-month period.
A spouse of an eligible person under sub. (2) (a) 1.
by virtue of a marriage that was void when entered into but validated under s. 765.21
before applying for admission shall, for the purpose of this subsection and sub. (6)
, be considered married to the eligible person under sub. (2) (a) 1.
from the date the marriage was entered into.
Additional eligibility requirements of a surviving spouse.
The surviving spouse of a person under sub. (2) (a) 1.
is eligible if the surviving spouse meets the requirements of sub. (2) (b) 3.
and if the surviving spouse satisfies all of the following conditions:
The surviving spouse satisfies any of the following conditions:
Was married to and living with the deceased person under sub. (2) (a) 1.
not less than 6 months immediately prior to the death of the person.
Was married to the person under sub. (2) (a) 1.
at the time the person entered the service and who became a widow or widower by the death of the person while in the service or as a result of physical disability of the person incurred during the service.
The period during which the surviving spouse was married to and lived with the deceased person under sub. (2) (a) 1.
plus the period of widowhood or widowerhood is 6 months or more.
Was married to and living with the person under sub. (2) (a) 1.
less than 6 months and a child was born of the marriage.
Is 45 years of age or over on the date of application.
Is unable adequately to care for himself or herself and lacks adequate means of support.
Additional eligibility requirements of parents.
The parent of a person under sub. (2) (a) 1.
or the parent of a person who died while in the service is eligible if the parent meets the requirements of sub. (2) (b) 3.
and satisfies all of the following conditions:
Is physically disabled, unable adequately to care for himself or herself, and lacks adequate means of support.
In order to be eligible for benefits under this subchapter, a person specified under sub. (2) (a) 1.
, or 3.
does not have to be a resident of this state on the date of application for membership.
Member income retention and payment. 45.51(7)(a)
The board shall establish a pay plan for compensation of members for services rendered to a veterans home under its work therapy program.
Members shall pay the amount due the state for care and maintenance of the member within 30 days after the receipt of the veterans home's billing statement by the member or by the member's personal representative. The department may subject any bill not paid within 30 days after receipt of the billing statement to an interest assessment of 1 percent per month or fraction of a month. If payment is not made within 60 days after the receipt of the billing statement, the department may discharge the member from the veterans home.
Payment of amounts due the state for care and maintenance of a member shall be made to the fullest extent possible from sources of income other than pension or compensation paid by the U.S. department of veterans affairs.
A member is not required to use income received from services rendered to the veterans home under its work therapy program or from the sale of products or services through the hobby shop as payment for the care or maintenance of the member at the veterans home.
The department shall supervise the operation of a veterans home exchange, including the operation of the hobby shop for the sale of products made by all members.
Personal funds of member.
A member may, in writing, authorize a veterans home to receive, hold, and account for his or her personal funds. Section 49.498 (8)
applies to the funds of a member held by the veterans home under this subsection. The department may transfer the personal funds of a member received under this subsection to the Wisconsin veterans facilities members fund under s. 25.37
. Upon request of the member, the department shall pay the member the amount the member requests from his or her personal account.
Conveyance of property; descent. 45.51(10)(a)
Except as otherwise provided in this subsection, the application and admission of any applicant admitted under this section shall constitute a valid and binding contract between a member and the department. If a member dies leaving a relative that is entitled to an interest in the property of the member under the rules of intestate succession or a will the existence of which is made known to the commandant of the veterans home within 60 days of the member's death, the member's property shall constitute a part of the member's estate, except the commandant may distribute personal effects of nominal monetary value of a deceased member who is not survived by a member spouse to surviving relatives of the member who request the personal effects within a reasonable time after the member's death.
The department may manage, sell, lease, or transfer property passing to the state pursuant to this section or conveyed to it by members, defend and prosecute all actions concerning it, pay all just claims against it, and do all other things necessary for the protection, preservation, and management of the property. All expenditures necessary for the execution of functions under this paragraph or sub. (14)
shall be made from the appropriation in s. 20.485 (1) (h)
A person who at the time of death is a member of a veterans home is a resident of the county in which the veterans home is located for the probate of the person's will, issuance of letters testamentary or other letters authorizing the administration of the decedent's estate, and the administration of the estate.
Disposition of property passing to state.
If a member dies without a relative who is entitled to an interest in the property of the member under the rules of intestate succession and without leaving a will the existence of which is made known to the commandant of the home within 60 days of the member's death, the member's property shall be converted to cash, without administration. The commandant of a veterans home shall submit that converted sum to the secretary of administration to be paid into the appropriation under s. 20.485 (1) (h)
. The amount paid to the secretary of administration is subject to refund within 6 years to the estate of a member if it is subsequently discovered that the member left a will or a relative that is entitled to an interest in the property of the member under the rules of intestate succession or to any creditor of the member who establishes right to the funds or property or any portion of the funds or property. The department of administration, upon being satisfied that a claim out of the funds or property is legal and valid, shall pay the claim out of the funds or property, except that payment of claims for a member's funeral and burial expenses may not exceed a total of $1,500 including any amount allowed by the United States for the member's funeral and burial and the right for burial and interment provided in s. 45.61 (2)
Powers of commandant over personal funds of members.
A commandant may receive, disburse, and account for funds of members.