49.155 Cross-reference Cross-reference: See also ch. DCF 201 and s. DCF 101.26, Wis. adm. code.
49.155 Annotation It was reasonable for the department to construe sub. (1m) (a) 2. as limiting eligible employment to only “qualified" employers, meaning legitimate employers with a verified legal status. It is reasonable to expect that eligibility for child-care benefits requires legitimate, documented employment with an employer who complies with legal employment requirements. Mata v. Department of Children and Families, 2014 WI App 69, 354 Wis. 2d 486, 849 N.W.2d 908, 13-2013.
49.157 49.157 Wisconsin works; transportation assistance. A Wisconsin works agency may provide transportation assistance in the manner prescribed by the department. The Wisconsin works agency shall limit any financial assistance granted under this subsection to financial assistance for public transportation if a form of public transportation that meets the needs of the participant is available.
49.157 History History: 1995 a. 289.
49.159 49.159 Wisconsin works; noncustodial and minor and other custodial parents.
49.159(1)(1)Noncustodial parents.
49.159(1)(a) (a) An individual who would be eligible under s. 49.145 except that the individual is the noncustodial parent of a dependent child is eligible for services and benefits under par. (b) if the individual is subject to a child support order, the individual satisfies all of the requirements related to substance abuse screening, testing, and treatment under s. 49.162 that apply to the individual, and any of the following applies to the custodial parent of the dependent child:
49.159(1)(a)1. 1. The custodial parent is receiving case management services under s. 49.147 (2) (am).
49.159(1)(a)2. 2. The custodial parent is participating in a Wisconsin Works employment position.
49.159(1)(a)3. 3. The custodial parent is receiving a grant under s. 49.148 (1m).
49.159(1)(a)4. 4. The custodial parent is receiving a subsidy for child care for the dependent child under s. 49.155.
49.159(1)(b) (b) A Wisconsin Works agency may provide to an individual who is eligible under par. (a) any of the following services or benefits:
49.159(1)(b)1. 1. Job search assistance and case management designed to enable the individual to obtain and retain employment.
49.159(1)(b)2. 2. Placement in one job under s. 49.147 (3).
49.159(1)(b)3. 3. A stipend in an amount determined by the Wisconsin Works agency for not more than 4 months. A stipend under this subdivision terminates if the individual is placed in a job under s. 49.147 (3) or obtains unsubsidized employment, as defined in s. 49.147 (1).
49.159(2) (2) Minor custodial parents; financial and employment counseling. A custodial parent who is under the age of 18 is eligible, regardless of that individual's or that individual's parent's income or assets, to meet with a financial and employment planner. The financial and employment planner may provide the individual with information regarding Wisconsin works eligibility, available child care services, employment and financial planning, family planning services, as defined in s. 253.07 (1) (b), community resources, eligibility for food stamps and other food and nutrition programs.
49.159(3) (3) Other custodial parents. A custodial parent in a Wisconsin Works group in which the other custodial parent is a participant in a Wisconsin Works employment position or is receiving case management services under s. 49.147 (2) (am) is eligible for employment training and job search assistance services provided by the Wisconsin Works agency.
49.159(4) (4) Pregnant women. A pregnant woman whose pregnancy is medically verified, who would be eligible under s. 49.145 except that she is not a custodial parent of a dependent child, and who does not satisfy the requirements under s. 49.148 (1m) (a) 2. is eligible for employment training and job search assistance services provided by the Wisconsin Works agency.
49.161 49.161 Wisconsin works; overpayments.
49.161(1)(1)Trial employment match program jobs overpayments. Notwithstanding s. 49.96, the department shall recover an overpayment of benefits paid under s. 49.148 (1) (a) from an individual who receives benefits paid under s. 49.148 (1) (a). The value of the benefit liable for recovery under this subsection may not exceed the amount that the department paid in wage subsidies with respect to that participant while the participant was ineligible to participate. The department shall promulgate rules establishing policies and procedures for administrating this subsection.
49.161(2) (2) Community service jobs and transitional placements overpayments. Except as provided in sub. (3), the department shall recover an overpayment of benefits paid under s. 49.148 (1) (b) or (c) from an individual who continues to receive benefits under s. 49.148 (1) (b)and (c) by reducing the amount of the individual's benefit payment by no more than 10 percent.
49.161(3) (3) Overpayments caused by intentional program violations. If an overpayment under sub. (1) or (2) is the result of an intentional violation of ss. 49.141 to 49.161 or of rules promulgated by the department under those sections, the department shall recover the overpayment by deducting an amount from the benefits received under s. 49.148 (1) (a), (b) or (c), until the overpayment is recovered. The amount to be deducted each month may not exceed the following:
49.161(3)(a) (a) For intentional program violations resulting in an overpayment that is less than $300, 10 percent of the amount of the monthly benefit payment.
49.161(3)(b) (b) For intentional program violations resulting in an overpayment that is at least $300 but less than $1,000, $75.
49.161(3)(c) (c) For intentional program violations resulting in an overpayment that is at least $1,000 but less than $2,500, $100.
49.161(3)(d) (d) For intentional program violations resulting in an overpayment that is $2,500 or more, $200.
49.161 History History: 1995 a. 289; 1997 a. 27; 1999 a. 9; 2013 a. 20.
49.161 Cross-reference Cross-reference: See also s. DCF 101.23, Wis. adm. code.
49.162 49.162 Substance abuse screening and testing for certain work experience programs.
49.162(1)(1)In this section:
49.162(1)(a) (a) “Administering agency" means the department or an agency with which the department contracts to administer a program.
49.162(1)(b) (b) “Controlled substance" has the meaning given in s. 961.01 (4).
49.162(1)(bg) (bg) “Controlled substance abuse screening” means a questionnaire, a criminal background check, or any other controlled substance abuse screening mechanism identified by the department by rule.
49.162(1)(bm) (bm) “Dependent child” has the meaning given in s. 49.141 (1) (c).
49.162(1)(br) (br) “Group member” means an adult member of an individual's Wisconsin Works group whose income or assets are included in determining the individual's eligibility for a program.
49.162(1)(c) (c) “Program" means any of the following:
49.162(1)(c)1. 1. Services and benefits under s. 49.159 (1) (b).
49.162(1)(c)2. 2. The Transform Milwaukee Jobs program or the Transitional Jobs program under s. 49.163.
49.162(1)(c)3. 3. A work experience and job training program under s. 49.36.
49.162(1)(c)4. 4. A Wisconsin Works employment position.
49.162(1)(c)4m. 4m. The Hire Heroes program under s. 106.38.
49.162 Note NOTE: Subd. 4m. was created as subd. 4. by 2017 Wis. Act 195 and renumbered to subd. 4m. by the legislative reference bureau under s. 13.92 (1) (bm) 2.
49.162(1)(e) (e) “Wisconsin Works" has the meaning given in s. 49.141 (1) (p).
49.162(1)(f) (f) “Wisconsin Works employment position" has the meaning given in s. 49.141 (1) (r).
49.162(1)(g) (g) “Wisconsin Works group” has the meaning given in s. 49.141 (1) (s).
49.162(2) (2)
49.162(2)(a)(a) Except as provided in sub. (2m), in order to participate in a program, an individual who applies to participate in a program or who registers for a program under sub. (1) (c) 3. and, with respect to an individual applying for a program under sub. (1) (c) 4., all of the individual's group members shall complete controlled substance abuse screening. If, on the basis of the screening results, the administering agency determines that there is a reasonable suspicion that an individual who is otherwise eligible for a program or any of the individual's group members is abusing a controlled substance, the administering agency shall require the individual or group member to undergo a test for the use of a controlled substance.
49.162(2)(b) (b) Except as provided in sub. (4m), if the individual or group member refuses to submit to a test under par. (a), the individual is not eligible to participate in a program until the individual or group member complies with the requirement to undergo a test for the use of a controlled substance.
49.162(2m) (2m)
49.162(2m)(a)(a) The screening and testing requirements under sub. (2) do not apply to an individual if the individual is any of the following:
49.162(2m)(a)1. 1. A custodial parent of a child who is 8 weeks old or less.
49.162(2m)(a)2. 2. A woman who is in a pregnancy that is medically verified and that is shown by medical documentation to be at risk.
49.162(2m)(a)3. 3. A participant in a Wisconsin Works employment position who moves to an unsubsidized employment position and receives case management services under s. 49.1475.
49.162(2m)(a)4. 4. A dependent child.
49.162(2m)(b) (b) The screening and testing requirements under sub. (2) do not apply to a group member if the group member is any of the following:
49.162(2m)(b)1. 1. A custodial parent of a child who is 8 weeks old or less.
49.162(2m)(b)2. 2. A woman who is in a pregnancy that is medically verified and that is shown by medical documentation to be at risk.
49.162(2m)(b)3. 3. Specified as exempt from the screening and testing requirements by department rule.
49.162(3) (3)If an individual or group member who undergoes a test under sub. (2) tests negative for the use of a controlled substance, or tests positive for the use of a controlled substance but presents evidence satisfactory to the administering agency that the individual or group member possesses a valid prescription for each controlled substance for which the individual or group member tests positive, the individual or group member will have satisfactorily completed the substance abuse testing requirements under this section.
49.162(4) (4)
49.162(4)(a)(a) If an individual or group member who undergoes a test under sub. (2) tests positive for the use of a controlled substance without presenting evidence of a valid prescription as described in sub. (3), the administering agency shall require the individual or group member to participate in substance abuse treatment to remain eligible to participate in a program. If the individual or group member refuses to participate in substance abuse treatment, the individual is not eligible to participate in a program until the individual or group member complies with the requirement to participate in substance abuse treatment.
49.162(4)(b) (b) During the time that an individual or group member is receiving substance abuse treatment under par. (a), the administering agency shall require the individual or group member to undergo random testing for the use of a controlled substance. Except as provided in sub. (4m), for the individual to remain eligible for a program, the individual or his or her group member must cooperate with the testing and the results of the tests must be negative or, if any results are positive, the individual or group member must present evidence of a valid prescription as described in sub. (3). If the results of any test during treatment are positive for the use of a controlled substance and the individual or group member does not present evidence of a valid prescription for the controlled substance, the individual or group member shall have the opportunity to begin the treatment again one time, as determined by the administering agency. Except as provided in sub. (4m), if the individual or group member begins the substance abuse treatment again, the individual remains eligible for a program as long as the results of all tests for the use of a controlled substance during the subsequent treatment are negative for the use of a controlled substance or, if any results are positive, the individual or group member presents evidence of a valid prescription for the controlled substance.
49.162(4)(c) (c) If an individual or group member receiving treatment under par. (b) completes treatment and, at the conclusion of the treatment, tests negative for the use of a controlled substance or presents evidence of a valid prescription for any controlled substance for which the individual or group member tests positive, the individual or group member will have satisfactorily completed the substance abuse testing requirements under this section.
49.162(4m) (4m)
49.162(4m)(a)(a) If an individual applying for a community service job under s. 49.147 (4) or a transitional placement under s. 49.147 (5) or his or her group member undergoes a test under sub. (2), tests positive for the use of a controlled substance without presenting evidence of a valid prescription as described in sub. (3), and refuses to participate in substance abuse treatment under sub. (4) (a) or if the individual or his or her group member fails to cooperate with the testing or treatment requirements under sub. (4) (b), the individual remains eligible only for the monthly grant portion of the community service job or transitional placement under s. 49.148 (1) (b) or (c) and only to the extent described in par. (b).
49.162(4m)(b)1.1. In determining the monthly grant for which an individual is eligible under par. (a), the department shall reduce the amount that would otherwise have been established under s. 49.148 (1) (b) or (c) by an amount that reflects the fact that the monthly grant is to be used exclusively for the benefit of the dependent children in the individual's Wisconsin Works group and not for the benefit of the individual.
49.162(4m)(b)2. 2. If an individual is eligible for a monthly grant under the circumstances described in par. (a), the department shall pay the monthly grant through a protective payee structure, under which the monthly grant is paid to a protective payee who is not the individual and who holds the money and uses it exclusively for the benefit of the dependent children in the individual's Wisconsin Works group.
49.162(4m)(b)3. 3. An individual's partial eligibility under par. (a) ends on the earlier of the following dates:
49.162(4m)(b)3.a. a. The date on which the individual again becomes eligible for full participation in a Wisconsin Works employment position.
49.162(4m)(b)3.b. b. Twelve months after the date on which the individual or his or her group member meets the circumstances described under par. (a), as determined by the department.
49.162(5) (5)The department shall manage the costs and reinvest the savings under this section, and shall work with the administering agency, if different from the department, to manage the costs and reinvest the savings.
49.162(6) (6)From the appropriation under s. 20.437 (2) (em), the department shall pay substance abuse treatment costs under this section that are not otherwise covered by medical assistance under subch. IV, private insurance, or another type of coverage. If treatment costs payable by the department exceed the moneys available under s. 20.437 (2) (em), the department shall request the joint committee on finance to take action under s. 13.101. The requirement of a finding of emergency under s. 13.101 (3) (a) 1. does not apply to such a request.
49.162(7) (7)The department shall promulgate rules to implement the substance abuse screening, testing, and treatment requirements under this section and the monthly grant eligibility and protective payee structure under sub. (4m).
49.162 History History: 2015 a. 55; 2017 a. 59, 195; s. 13.92 (1) (bm) 2.
49.162 Cross-reference Cross-reference: See also ch. DCF 154, Wis. adm. code.
49.163 49.163 Transform Milwaukee Jobs program and Transitional Jobs program.
49.163(1)(1)Definitions. In this section:
49.163(1)(am) (am) “Program" means the Transform Milwaukee Jobs program, or the Transitional Jobs program, under this section.
49.163(1)(aw) (aw) “Wisconsin Works" has the meaning given in s. 49.141 (1) (p).
49.163(1)(b) (b) “Wisconsin Works employment position" has the meaning given in s. 49.141 (1) (r).
49.163(2) (2) Eligibility for program.
49.163(2)(a)(a) The department shall establish a Transform Milwaukee Jobs program in Milwaukee County and, if funding is available, may establish a Transitional Jobs program outside of Milwaukee County. To the extent of available funds, the department shall conduct the Transitional Jobs program, if established, in one or more geographic areas in the state that are not in Milwaukee County. In selecting the geographic area or areas in which to conduct the Transitional Jobs program, the department shall give priority to those areas with relatively high rates of unemployment and childhood poverty and to other areas with special needs that the department determines should be given priority.
49.163(2)(am) (am) To be eligible to participate in the program, an individual must satisfy all of the following criteria:
49.163(2)(am)1. 1. Be at least 18 years of age.
49.163(2)(am)2. 2. If over 24 years of age, be a biological or adoptive parent of a child under 18 years of age whose parental rights to the child have not been terminated or be a relative and primary caregiver of a child under 18 years of age.
49.163(2)(am)3. 3. Have an annual household income that is below 150 percent of the poverty line.
49.163(2)(am)4. 4. Be unemployed for at least 4 weeks.
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2017-18 Wisconsin Statutes updated through 2019 Wis. Act 5 and through all Supreme Court and Controlled Substances Board Orders filed before and in effect on April 21, 2019. Published and certified under s. 35.18. Changes effective after June 1, 2019, are designated by NOTES. (Published 6-1-19)