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46.275(3) (3)County participation.
46.275(3)(a)(a) Any county may participate in the program, if it meets the conditions specified in this subsection and the requirements established by the department, including requirements concerning the qualifications and levels of staff for home or community-based service providers.
46.275(3)(b) (b) The board of supervisors of any county that participates in the program shall designate one of the following county departments to administer the program, subject to departmental review and approval:
46.275(3)(b)2. 2. A county department under s. 51.42 to which the powers and duties of a county department under s. 51.437 have been transferred under s. 51.437 (4g) (b).
46.275(3)(b)3. 3. A county department under s. 46.23.
46.275(3)(b)4. 4. A county department under s. 51.437.
46.275(3)(c) (c) Any county participating in the program shall inform the persons eligible for program services under sub. (4) that home and community-based services are available, at their choosing, in place of institutional care. Services provided under this section shall meet the following conditions:
46.275(3)(c)1. 1. The services substitute for care provided at a state center for the developmentally disabled.
46.275(3)(c)2. 2. The services are provided to each recipient under a written plan of care designed for that recipient and, unless s. 49.45 (37) applies, approved by the department.
46.275(3)(d) (d) Any county participating in the program shall provide case management services, including the responsibility for locating, coordinating and monitoring all services and informal supports needed by eligible persons and their families.
46.275(3)(e) (e) Any county participating in the program shall protect the health and welfare of persons receiving program services and shall coordinate the program to the greatest extent practicable with the long-term support community options program under s. 46.27.
46.275(3g) (3g)Duties of the department. The department shall provide fair and equitable arrangements to protect the interests of all state employees affected by the program, including arrangements designed to preserve employee rights and benefits.
46.275(3r) (3r)Relocation by the department.
46.275(3r)(a)(a) The department may, without county participation under sub. (3) or county reimbursement under sub. (5) (a), relocate a person eligible for program services under sub. (4) from a state center for the developmentally disabled into a community setting in any of the following situations:
46.275(3r)(a)1. 1. The person's county of residence when the person entered the state center for the developmentally disabled cannot be determined with reasonable certainty.
46.275(3r)(a)2. 2. The person's county of residence when the person entered the state center for the developmentally disabled is not participating, under sub. (3), in the program.
46.275(3r)(a)3. 3. The person will be relocated into the home of the person's parent or guardian and will be receiving state monitoring of the relocation and services provided by a public or private school or a tribal school, as defined in s. 115.001 (15m).
46.275(3r)(b) (b) If the department relocates a person under this subsection, it shall comply with the requirements imposed on counties under sub. (3) (c) to (e).
46.275(3r)(c) (c) Prior to relocating a person under this subsection, the department shall ensure delivery of any necessary education, habilitation, vocational, medical and therapy services through contracting with community-based service providers. If any service is not available, the department may provide it directly.
46.275(4) (4)Eligibility of recipients.
46.275(4)(a)(a) Any medical assistance recipient living in a state center for the developmentally disabled is eligible to participate in the program. Such a recipient may apply, or any person may apply on behalf of such a recipient, for participation in the program.
46.275(4)(b) (b) The department in conjunction with the county shall review any application for participation in the program as to eligibility and the appropriateness of planned services. The county department administering the program for the county in which the medical assistance recipient resides shall review any application for participation in the program as to eligibility, except applications for relocation under sub. (3r). No person may participate in the program unless all of the following occur:
46.275(4)(b)1. 1. Consent for participation is given either by the person's parent, guardian or legal custodian, if the person is under age 18, or by the person or the person's guardian, if the person is age 18 or over, except that this subdivision does not limit the authority of the circuit court to enter, change, revise or extend a dispositional order under subch. VI of ch. 48 or subch. VI of ch. 938 or to order a protective placement or protective services under s. 55.12.
46.275(4)(b)2. 2. The county, or the department under sub. (3r), agrees to provide services to the person.
46.275(4)(b)3. 3. The department determines that available home or community-based services are appropriate for that person.
46.275(4)(c)1.1. Except as provided in subd. 2., if a resident of a state center for the developmentally disabled is relocated in order to receive home or community-based services under the program, the center may not accept a patient to fill the bed left vacant by the person leaving.
46.275(4)(c)2. 2. If a person who has been relocated from a state center for the developmentally disabled under this program seeks to return to the center within 365 days after relocating because the person or the county department administering the program, or the department under sub. (3r), finds that the services available are inappropriate, the center shall accept the person as a patient to fill the bed that the person vacated. After this 365-day period, the person may only be readmitted into a bed not left vacant because of relocation under this section.
46.275(4)(f) (f) To the extent provided in 42 USC 1396n, if a person who has been relocated from a state center for the developmentally disabled under this program discontinues participating in the program for any reason other than institutional placement, the department may reallocate on a case-by-case basis the funding within the relocating county to another medical assistance recipient who is developmentally disabled and who, but for this program, would require the level of care provided in a state center for the developmentally disabled.
46.275(5) (5)Funding.
46.275(5)(a)(a) Medical Assistance reimbursement for services a county, or the department under sub. (3r), provides under this program is available from the appropriation accounts under s. 20.435 (4) (b), (gm), (o), and (w). If 2 or more counties jointly contract to provide services under this program and the department approves the contract, Medical Assistance reimbursement is also available for services provided jointly by these counties.
46.275(5)(b) (b) No county, or the department under sub. (3r), may use funds received under this section to do any of the following:
46.275(5)(b)1. 1. Purchase land or construct buildings.
46.275(5)(b)2. 2. Reduce federal, state or county matching expenditures for long-term community support services provided to any person as part of this program from funds allocated under s. 46.495 (1) (d), 46.80 (5), 46.85 (3m) (b) 1. and 2. or 51.423, as indicated in the county's budget or by actual expenditures.
46.275(5)(b)3. 3. Provide room and board, except for respite care.
46.275(5)(b)4. 4. Provide services, except respite care that is approved by the department, within a skilled nursing facility, intermediate care facility or intermediate care facility for persons with an intellectual disability, as defined in s. 46.278 (1m) (am), including a state center for the developmentally disabled.
46.275(5)(b)5. 5. Provide residential services in any community-based residential facility, as defined in s. 50.01 (1g), or group home, as defined in s. 48.02 (7) that has more than 8 beds.
46.275(5)(b)6. 6. Provide services to a recipient that are not specified in the recipient's written plan of care.
46.275(5)(b)7. 7. Provide services in any community-based residential facility unless the county or department uses as a service contract the approved model contract developed under s. 46.27 (2) (j) or a contract that includes all of the provisions of the approved model contract.
46.275(5)(c) (c) The total allocation under s. 20.435 (4) (b), (gm), (o), and (w) to counties and to the department under sub. (3r) for services provided under this section may not exceed the amount approved by the federal department of health and human services. A county may use funds received under this section only to provide services to persons who meet the requirements under sub. (4) and may not use unexpended funds received under this section to serve other developmentally disabled persons residing in the county.
46.275(5)(d) (d) The department may, from the appropriation under s. 20.435 (4) (o), provide reimbursement for services provided under this section by counties that are in excess of the current average annual per person rate, as established by the department, and are less than the average amount approved in the waiver received under sub. (2).
46.275(5)(e) (e) From the appropriation under s. 20.435 (2) (gL), the department may provide moneys to a county to pay for one-time costs associated with the relocation under this section of an individual from a state center for the developmentally disabled.
46.275(5m) (5m)Report. By March 1 of each year, the department shall submit a report to the joint committee on finance and to the chief clerk of each house of the legislature, for distribution to the appropriate standing committees under s. 13.172 (3), describing the program's impact during the preceding calendar year on state employees, including the department's efforts to redeploy employees into vacant positions and the number of employees laid off.
46.275(6) (6)Effective period. This section takes effect on the date approved by the secretary of the U.S. department of health and human services as the beginning date of the period of waiver received under sub. (2). This section remains in effect for 3 years following that date and, if the secretary of the U.S. department of health and human services approves a waiver extension, shall continue an additional 3 years.
46.275 Annotation The circuit court that protectively placed an incompetent person in a center for the developmentally disabled, and not the person's parent or guardian, has the ultimate authority under state and federal law to determine whether the person should remain institutionalized or receive home or community based services. OAG 3-97.
46.277 46.277 Community integration program for persons relocated or meeting reimbursable levels of care.
46.277(1)(1) Legislative intent. The intent of the program under this section is to provide home or community-based care to serve in a noninstitutional community setting a person who meets eligibility requirements under 42 USC 1396n (c) and is relocated from an institution other than a state center for the developmentally disabled or meets the level of care requirements for medical assistance reimbursement in a skilled nursing facility or an intermediate care facility, except that the number of persons who receive home or community-based care under this section is not intended to exceed the number of nursing home beds that are delicensed as part of a plan submitted by the facility and approved by the department. The intent of the program is also that counties use all existing services for providing care under this section, including those services currently provided by counties.
46.277(1m) (1m)Definitions. In this section:
46.277(1m)(a) (a) "Medical assistance" means aid provided under subch. IV of ch. 49, except ss. 49.468 and 49.471.
46.277(1m)(ag) (ag) "Delicensed" means deducted from the number of beds stated on a facility's license, as specified under s. 50.03 (4) (e).
46.277(1m)(am) (am) "Plan submitted by the facility" means an individual relocation plan under s. 50.03 (14).
46.277(1m)(at) (at) "Private nonprofit agency" has the meaning specified in s. 46.27 (1) (bm).
46.277(1m)(b) (b) "Program" means the community integration program for which a waiver has been received under sub. (2).
46.277(2) (2)Departmental powers and duties. The department may request a waiver from the secretary of the federal department of health and human services, under 42 USC 1396n (c), authorizing the department to serve medical assistance recipients, who meet the level of care requirements for medical assistance reimbursement in a skilled nursing facility or an intermediate care facility, in their communities by providing home or community-based services as part of medical assistance. The number of persons for whom the waiver is requested may not exceed the number of nursing home beds that are delicensed as part of a plan submitted by the facility and approved by the department. If the department requests a waiver, it shall include all assurances required under 42 USC 1396n (c) (2) in its request. If the department receives this waiver, it may request one or more 3-year extensions of the waiver under 42 USC 1396n (c) and shall perform the following duties:
46.277(2)(a) (a) Evaluate the effect of the program on medical assistance costs and on the program's ability to provide community care alternatives to institutional care in facilities certified as medical assistance providers.
46.277(2)(b) (b) Fund home or community-based services provided by any county that meet the requirements of this section.
46.277(2)(c) (c) To the maximum extent possible, authorize the provision of services under this section to serve persons, except those institutionalized in a state center for the developmentally disabled, in noninstitutional settings and coordinate application of the review criterion under s. 150.39 (5) with the services provided under this section.
46.277(2)(d) (d) Unless s. 49.45 (37) applies, review and approve or disapprove each plan of care developed by the county department under sub. (3).
46.277(2)(e) (e) Review and approve or disapprove waiver requests under sub. (3) (c), review and approve or disapprove requests for exceptions under sub. (5) (d) 3. and provide technical assistance to a county that reaches or exceeds the annual allocation limit specified in sub. (3) (c) in order to explore alternative methods of providing long-term community support services for persons who are in group living arrangements in that county.
46.277(3) (3)County participation.
46.277(3)(a)(a) Sections 46.27 (3) (b) and 46.275 (3) (a) and (c) to (e) apply to county participation in this program, except that services provided in the program shall substitute for care provided a person in a skilled nursing facility or intermediate care facility who meets the level of care requirements for medical assistance reimbursement to that facility rather than for care provided at a state center for the developmentally disabled. The number of persons who receive services provided by the program under this paragraph may not exceed the number of nursing home beds, other than beds specified in sub. (5g) (b), that are delicensed as part of a plan submitted by the facility and approved by the department.
46.277(3)(b)1.1. If the provision of services under this section results in a decrease in the statewide nursing home bed limit under s. 150.31 (3), the facility affected by the decrease shall submit a plan for delicensing all or part of the facility that is approved by the department.
46.277(3)(b)2. 2. Each county department participating in the program shall provide home or community-based care to persons eligible under this section, except that the number of persons who receive home or community-based care under this section may not exceed the number of nursing home beds, other than beds specified in sub. (5g) (b), that are delicensed as part of a plan submitted by the facility and approved by the department.
46.277(3)(c) (c) Beginning on January 1, 1996, from the annual allocation to the county for the provision of long-term community support services under sub. (5), annually establish a maximum total amount that may be encumbered in a calendar year for services for eligible individuals in community-based residential facilities.
46.277(3)(d) (d) The county department or aging unit that administers the program under this section shall, within the time period specified by the department, offer counseling, that is specified by the department, concerning public and private benefit programs to prospective residents of community-based residential facilities who are referred to the county department or aging unit under s. 50.035 (4n).
46.277(3m) (3m)Participation by a private nonprofit agency. A private nonprofit agency with which the department contracts for service under sub. (5) (c) shall have the powers and duties under this section of a county department, as specified in sub. (3) (a).
46.277(4) (4)Eligibility of residents.
46.277(4)(a)(a) Any medical assistance recipient who meets the level of care requirements for medical assistance reimbursement in a skilled nursing facility or intermediate care facility is eligible to participate in the program, except that the number of participants may not exceed the number of nursing home beds, other than beds specified in sub. (5g) (b), that are delicensed as part of a plan submitted by the facility and approved by the department. Such a recipient may apply, or any person may apply on behalf of such a recipient, for participation in the program. Section 46.275 (4) (b) applies to participation in the program.
46.277(4)(b) (b) To the extent authorized under 42 USC 1396n, if a person discontinues participation in the program, a medical assistance recipient may participate in the program in place of the participant who discontinues if that recipient meets the level of care requirements for medical assistance reimbursement in a skilled nursing facility or intermediate care facility, except that the number of participants may not exceed the number of nursing home beds, other than beds specified in sub. (5g) (b), that are delicensed as part of a plan submitted by the facility and approved by the department.
46.277(5) (5)Funding.
46.277(5)(a)(a) The provisions of s. 46.275 (5) (a), (b) 1. to 4. and 6. and (d) apply to funding received by counties under the program.
46.277(5)(b) (b) Total funding to counties under the program may not exceed the amount approved in the waiver received under sub. (2).
46.277(5)(c) (c) The department may contract for services under this section with a private nonprofit agency. Paragraphs (a) and (b) apply to funding received by a private nonprofit agency under this subsection.
46.277(5)(d)1.1. In this paragraph, "physically disabled" means having a condition that affects one's physical functioning by limiting mobility or the ability to see or hear, that is the result of injury, disease or congenital deficiency and that significantly interferes with or limits at least one major life activity and the performance of one's major personal or social roles.
46.277(5)(d)1m. 1m. No county may use funds received under this section to provide services to a person who does not live in his or her own home or apartment unless, subject to the limitations under subds. 2., 3., and 4. and par. (e), one of the following applies:
46.277(5)(d)1m.a. a. The services are provided to the person in a community-based residential facility that entirely consists of independent apartments, each of which has an individual lockable independent entrance and exit and individual separate kitchen, bathroom, sleeping and living areas.
46.277(5)(d)1m.b. b. The person suffers from Alzheimer's disease or related dementia and the services are provided to the person in a community-based residential facility that has a dementia care program.
46.277(5)(d)1m.c. c. The services are provided to the person in a residential care apartment complex, as defined in s. 50.01 (6d).
46.277(5)(d)1m.d. d. The services are provided to the individual in an adult family home, as defined in s. 50.01 (1).
46.277(5)(d)1m.e. e. Subdivision 1n. applies.
46.277(5)(d)1n. 1n. A county may also use funds received under this section, subject to the limitations under subds. 2., 3., and 4. and par. (e), to provide services to a person who does not live in his or her own home or apartment if the services are provided to the person in a community-based residential facility and the county department or aging unit has determined that all of the following conditions have been met:
46.277(5)(d)1n.b. b. The county department or aging unit documents that the option of in-home services has been discussed with the person, thoroughly evaluated and found to be infeasible, as determined by the county department or aging unit in accordance with rules promulgated by the department of health services.
46.277(5)(d)1n.c. c. The county department or aging unit determines that the community-based residential facility is the person's preferred place of residence or is the setting preferred by the person's guardian.
46.277(5)(d)1n.d. d. The county department or aging unit determines that the community-based residential facility provides a quality environment and quality care services.
46.277(5)(d)1n.e. e. The county department or aging unit determines that placement in the community-based residential facility is cost-effective compared to other options, including home care and nursing home care.
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2011-12 Wisconsin Statutes updated though 2013 Wis. Act 380 and all Supreme Court Orders entered before June 30, 2014. Published and certified under s. 35.18. Changes effective after July 1, 2014 are designated by NOTES. (Published 7-1-14)