Wis. Stat. § 46.40

Wisconsin Statutes

Social Services

Chapter 46. Social Services


§ 46.40. Community aids funding


(1) Distribution limits. (a) Within the limits of available federal funds and of the appropriations under s. 20.435 (7)(b) and (o), the department shall distribute funds for community social, mental health, developmental disabilities, and alcohol and other drug abuse services and for services under ss. 46.51, 46.87, 46.985, and 51.421 to county departments under ss. 46.215, 46.22, 46.23, 51.42, and 51.437 and to county aging units, as provided in subs. (2), (2m), and (7) to (9).


(b) Notwithstanding s. 46.49, if the department receives any federal moneys under 42 USC 670 to 679a in reimbursement of moneys allocated under par. (a) for the provision of foster care, the department shall distribute those federal moneys for services and projects to assist children and families and for the purposes specified in s. 46.46.


(c) The Milwaukee County department of social services shall report to the department in a manner specified by the department on all children under the supervision of the Milwaukee County department of social services who are placed in foster homes and whose foster parents receive funding for child care from the amounts distributed under par. (a) so that the department may claim federal foster care and adoption assistance reimbursement under 42 USC 670 to 679a for the amounts expended by the Milwaukee County department of social services for the provision of child care for those children. Notwithstanding s. 46.49, if the department receives any federal moneys under 42 USC 670 to 679a in reimbursement of the amounts expended by the Milwaukee County department of social services for the provision of child care for children in foster care in 1996 and 1997, the department shall distribute those federal moneys to the Milwaukee County department of social services for the provision of child care for children in foster care.


(d) If the department receives any federal moneys under 42 USC 1396 to 1396v in reimbursement of the cost of preventing out-of-home placements of children, the department shall use those moneys as the first source of moneys used to meet the amount of the allocation under sub. (2) that is budgeted from federal funds.


(2) Basic county allocation. Subject to sub. (9), for social services under s. 46.495(1)(d) and services under s. 51.423(2), the department shall distribute not more than $242,078,700 in each fiscal year.


(2m) Federal block grant allocations. (a) Prevention and treatment of substance abuse. For prevention and treatment of substance abuse under 42 USC 300x-21 to 300x-35, the department shall distribute not more than $9,735,700 in each fiscal year.


(b) Community mental health services. For community mental health services under 42 USC 300x to 300x-9, the department shall distribute not more than $2,513,400 in each fiscal year.


(3) Tribal child care. For child care services under 42 USC 9858, the department shall distribute not more than $412,800 in each fiscal year from the appropriation account under s. 20.435(7)(b) to federally recognized American Indian tribes or bands. A tribe or band that receives funding under this subsection shall use that funding to provide child care for an eligible child, as defined in 42 USC 9858n(4).


(7) Family support allocation. For family support programs for the families of disabled children under s. 46.985, the department shall distribute not more than $5,089,800 in each fiscal year .


(7m) Use by county of community aids funds to pay private attorneys for certain proceedings under the children's code. Upon application by a county department under s. 46.215, 46.22 or 46.23 to the department for permission to use funds allocated to that county department under sub. (2) to employ private counsel for the purposes specified in this subsection and a determination by the department that use of funds for those purposes does not affect any federal grants or federal funding allocated under this section, the department and the county department shall execute a contract authorizing the county department to expend, as agreed upon in the contract, funds allocated to that county department under sub. (2) to permit the county department to employ private counsel to represent the interests of the state or county in proceedings under ch. 48 relating to child abuse or neglect cases, unborn child abuse cases, proceedings to terminate parental rights and any ch. 48 cases or proceedings involving the Indian child welfare act, 25 USC 1901 to 1963.


(8) Alzheimer's family and caregiver support allocation. Subject to sub. (9), for services to persons with Alzheimer's disease and their caregivers under s. 46.87, the department shall distribute not more than $2,342,800 in each fiscal year.


(9) Transfer or adjustment of community aids allocations. (a) Transfer to family care program and adult protective services allocation. If a care management organization under s. 46.284 is available in a county, the department may dispose of not more than 21.3% of the amount allocated under sub. (2) to that county as follows; and, of the amount allocated under sub. (8), may dispose of the lesser of up to 60% or the amount remaining after subtracting an amount necessary to maintain funding for recipients under sub. (8) who, on September 1, 2001, are ineligible for the family care benefit under s. 46.286, to that county, as follows:


1. By transferring a portion of those amounts, as determined by the department, to the family care program to fund the services of resource centers under s. 46.283(5) and the services of care management organizations under s. 46.284(4).


2. By transferring a portion of those amounts, as determined by the department, to the county's adult protective services allocation under par. (b).


(b) Adult protective services allocation. For adult protective services, the department shall distribute the amounts transferred under par. (a)2. in each fiscal year.


(c) Adjustment for medical assistance buy-in program. If a former recipient of services funded under the allocation under sub. (2) is a participant in the medical assistance buy-in program under s. 49.472, the department may decrease that allocation by the amount that the department estimates it will incur in providing services to that participant under s. 49.472.


(d) Payment adjustments for certain Medical Assistance services. The department may decrease a county's allocation under sub. (2) by the amount of any payment adjustments under s. 49.45(52) made for that county from the appropriation account under s. 20.435(7)(b). The total amount of the decrease for a county under this paragraph during any fiscal year may not exceed that part of the county's allocation under sub. (2) that derives from the appropriation account under s. 20.435(7)(b) for that fiscal year.


(14m) County community aids budgets. Before December 1 of each year, each county department under ss. 46.215, 46.22, 46.23, 51.42 and 51.437 and each tribal governing body shall submit to the department a proposed budget for the expenditure of funds allocated under this section, distributed under s. 46.45(2)(a) or carried forward under s. 46.45(3)(a). The proposed budget shall be submitted on a form developed by the department and approved by the department of administration.

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