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2017 - 2018 LEGISLATURE
August 24, 2017 - Introduced by Representatives Rodriguez, Goyke, Nygren,
Ballweg, Billings, R. Brooks, Crowley, Duchow, Felzkowski, Gannon,
Horlacher, Kolste, Krug, Kulp, Mason, Mursau, Ohnstad, Petryk, Pope,
Riemer, Sargent, Snyder, Spiros, Spreitzer, C. Taylor, Tusler, Vorpagel
and Wachs, cosponsored by Senators Darling, Johnson, Carpenter, Larson,
Olsen, L. Taylor and Wirch. Referred to Committee on Children and
Families.
AB481,1,3 1An Act to create 48.546 and 938.546 of the statutes; relating to: creating family
2treatment court and juvenile treatment court grant programs in the
3Department of Children and Families.
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
This bill creates a family treatment court grant program under the Children's
Code and a juvenile treatment court grant program under the Juvenile Justice Code,
each of which is to be administered by the Department of Children and Families and
operated within the court assigned to exercise jurisdiction under the Children's Code
or Juvenile Justice Code (collectively, “juvenile court”).
Under the family treatment court grant program, DCF makes grants available
to counties or Indian tribes to enable them to establish and operate programs to
develop procedures that screen, assess, and provide dispositional alternatives for
parents whose children have come under the jurisdiction of the juvenile court. A
county or Indian tribe that receives a grant must establish eligibility criteria for
participation in the county's or Indian tribe's program, provide evidence-based
treatment services to program participants, and integrate all services provided to
program participants by various governmental and nongovernmental entities. The
bill also requires counties or Indian tribes that receive those grants to submit data
to DCF that must be analyzed annually by DCF. DCF must also, every five years,
prepare a comprehensive report of the program.
Under the juvenile treatment court grant program, DCF similarly makes
grants available to counties or Indian tribes to enable them to establish and operate

programs to develop procedures that screen, assess, and provide dispositional
alternatives for juveniles who have problems related to mental illness or substance
abuse. In all other respects, the juvenile treatment court grant program is similar
to the family treatment court grant program.
For further information see the state and local fiscal estimate, which will be
printed as an appendix to this bill.
The people of the state of Wisconsin, represented in senate and assembly, do
enact as follows:
AB481,1 1Section 1. 48.546 of the statutes is created to read:
AB481,2,9 248.546 Family treatment court grant program. (1) The department may
3make grants available to counties and Indian tribes to enable them to establish and
4operate evidence-based programs to develop intake and court procedures that
5screen, assess, and provide dispositional alternatives for parents whose children
6have come under the jurisdiction of the court. The programs shall have, as a goal,
7improving child well-being and the welfare of participants' families by meeting the
8comprehensive needs of participants and promoting family reunification wherever
9possible.
AB481,2,13 10(2) The department may make the grants for the programs specified in sub. (1)
11within the availability of funding under s. 20.437 (1) (nL). The department shall
12collaborate with the department of health services and the director of state courts in
13establishing the grant program under this section.
AB481,2,15 14(3) A county or Indian tribe that operates a program funded under this section
15shall do all of the following:
AB481,2,1616 (a) Establish eligibility criteria for a person's participation in the program.
AB481,3,217 (b) Provide services to program participants that are consistent with
18evidence-based practices in treatment services needed by those participants,

1including substance abuse treatment services, mental health treatment services,
2and intensive case management services.
AB481,3,43 (c) Provide a multidisciplinary screen as described in s. 48.547 (3) for program
4participants.
AB481,3,75 (d) Provide a holistic and trauma-informed approach to the treatment of
6program participants and provide those participants with services that may be
7needed, as determined by the county or Indian tribe under the program.
AB481,3,138 (e) Integrate all services provided to program participants by state and local
9government agencies and other organizations. The county or Indian tribe shall
10require regular communication among a participant's treatment providers, other
11service providers, the court and court personnel, and any person designated under
12the program to monitor the participant's compliance with his or her obligations
13under the program and under the court's order.
AB481,3,16 14(4) A county or Indian tribe that receives a grant under this section shall create
15an oversight committee to advise the county or Indian tribe in developing,
16implementing, administering, and evaluating its program.
AB481,3,21 17(5) A county or Indian tribe that receives a grant under this section shall
18submit data requested by the department to the department each quarter. The
19department may request any data regarding a program funded under this section
20that is necessary to evaluate the program and prepare the reports under subs. (6) and
21(7).
AB481,3,24 22(6) The department shall, annually, analyze the data submitted under sub. (5)
23for the previous year and prepare a progress report that evaluates the effectiveness
24of the program. The department shall make the report available to the public.
AB481,4,3
1(7) The department shall, every 5 years, prepare a comprehensive report that
2analyzes the data submitted under sub. (5) for the previous 5 years, and shall submit
3the report to the legislature under s. 13.172 (2).
AB481,4,9 4(8) A county or Indian tribe may, together with one or more counties or Indian
5tribes, jointly apply for and receive a grant under this section. A joint application
6shall include a written agreement specifying the role of each county or Indian tribe
7in developing, administering, and evaluating the program. The oversight committee
8established under sub. (4) shall include a representative from each county and
9Indian tribe operating a joint program.
AB481,4,11 10(9) The department shall assist a county or Indian tribe receiving a grant under
11this section in obtaining funding from other sources for its program.
AB481,2 12Section 2 . 938.546 of the statutes is created to read:
AB481,4,20 13938.546 Juvenile treatment court grant program. (1) The department
14of children and families may make grants available to counties or Indian tribes to
15enable them to establish and operate evidence-based programs to develop intake
16and court procedures that screen, assess, and provide dispositional alternatives for
17juveniles who come under the jurisdiction of the court. The programs shall have, as
18a goal, improving juvenile well-being by meeting the comprehensive needs of
19juveniles, including juveniles' need for care and treatment and for accountability and
20rehabilitation, consistent with the prevention of delinquency.
AB481,4,25 21(2) The department of children and families may make the grants for the
22programs specified in sub. (1) within the availability of funding under s. 20.437 (1)
23(nL). The department of children and families shall collaborate with the department
24of corrections, the department of health services, and the director of state courts in
25establishing the grant program under this section.
AB481,5,2
1(3) A county or Indian tribe that operates a program funded under this section
2shall do all of the following:
AB481,5,33 (a) Establish eligibility criteria for a juvenile's participation in the program.
AB481,5,74 (b) Provide services to program participants that are consistent with
5evidence-based practices in treatment services needed by those participants,
6including substance abuse treatment services, mental health treatment services,
7and intensive case management services.
AB481,5,98 (c) Provide a multidisciplinary screen as described in s. 938.547 (3) for program
9participants.
AB481,5,1210 (d) Provide a holistic and trauma-informed approach to the treatment of
11program participants and provide those participants with services that may be
12needed, as determined by the county or Indian tribe under the program.
AB481,5,1813 (e) Integrate all services provided to program participants by state and local
14government agencies and other organizations. The county or Indian tribe shall
15require regular communication among a participant's treatment providers, other
16service providers, the court and court personnel, and any person designated under
17the program to monitor the participant's compliance with his or her obligations
18under the program and under the court's order.
AB481,5,21 19(4) A county or Indian tribe that receives a grant under this section shall create
20an oversight committee to advise the county or Indian tribe in developing,
21implementing, administering, and evaluating its program.
AB481,6,2 22(5) A county or Indian tribe that receives a grant under this section shall
23submit data requested by the department of children and families to the department
24of children and families each quarter. The department of children and families may

1request any data regarding a program funded under this section that is necessary
2to evaluate the program and prepare the reports under subs. (6) and (7).
AB481,6,6 3(6) The department of children and families shall, annually, analyze the data
4submitted under sub. (5) for the previous year and prepare a progress report that
5evaluates the effectiveness of the grant program. The department of children and
6families shall make the report available to the public.
AB481,6,10 7(7) The department of children and families shall, every 5 years, prepare a
8comprehensive report that analyzes the data submitted under sub. (5) for the
9previous 5 years. The department of children and families shall submit the report
10to the legislature under s. 13.172 (2).
AB481,6,16 11(8) A county or Indian tribe may, together with one or more counties or Indian
12tribes, jointly apply for and receive a grant under this section. A joint application
13shall include a written agreement specifying the role of each county or Indian tribe
14in developing, administering, and evaluating the program. The oversight committee
15established under sub. (4) shall include a representative from each county and
16Indian tribe operating a joint program.
AB481,6,19 17(9) The department of children and families shall assist a county or Indian tribe
18receiving a grant under this section in obtaining funding from other sources for its
19program.
AB481,6,2020 (End)
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