2017 - 2018 LEGISLATURE
January 8, 2018 - Introduced by Representatives Macco, Berceau, Quinn, Allen,
Anderson, R. Brooks, Duchow, Edming, Genrich, Jacque, Katsma,
Loudenbeck, Petryk, Rohrkaste, Sargent, Shankland, Steffen, C. Taylor,
Thiesfeldt and Tittl, cosponsored by Senators Feyen, Bewley, Cowles and
Ringhand. Referred to Committee on Workforce Development.
1An Act to amend
20.438 (1) (a); and to create
46.2898 of the statutes; relating
2to: employment of individuals with disabilities enrolled in long-term care
3programs and making an appropriation.
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
This bill requires the Board for People with Developmental Disabilities to
develop a program to provide coaching for the hiring of individuals with disabilities.
“Coaching,” under this bill, is providing specific, targeted supports to a business,
school district, or vocational agency that demonstrates how coworkers can provide
internal support to a coworker with a disability, eliminating the need for a job coach
or other individual from outside of the employer. BPDD is required to take certain
actions specified in the bill for the coaching program. BPDD is required to provide
the coaching to private and nonprofit businesses and to schools, care management
organizations that administer Family Care or the Family Care Partnership
Program, consultant agencies that assist enrollees in the self-directed services
option known as IRIS, and other employment services providers for the state's
long-term care programs.
The bill requires BPDD to request proposals from those businesses, schools,
care management organizations, consultant agencies, and employment services
providers to participate in a coaching program for the hiring of individuals with
disabilities. The bill then requires BPDD to provide coaching and award grants to
those entities that meet criteria specified in the bill.
For further information see the state 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:
20.438 (1) (a) of the statutes is amended to read:
(a) General program operations.
The amounts in the schedule to be 3
used for general program operations of the board for people with developmental 4
disabilities, including for providing grants under s. 46.2898
46.2898 of the statutes is created to read:
646.2898 Employment of individuals with disabilities; long-term care
7programs. (1) Definitions.
In this section:
(a) “Board” means the board for people with developmental disabilities.
(b) “Coaching” means providing specific, targeted supports to a business, school 10
district, or vocational agency that demonstrates how coworkers can provide internal 11
support to a coworker with a disability, eliminating the need for a job coach or other 12
individual from outside of the employer.
(c) “Family care” means the program that provided the family care benefit as 14
defined in s. 46.2805 (4).
(d) “Internal support” means primary employment support for an individual 16
with disabilities provided by an employer or employees of the employer and not by 17
a job coach or other individual from outside the employer.
(e) “Qualified employee” means an individual with a disability that is an 19
enrollee of family care, the Family Care Partnership Program, or the self-directed 20
(f) “Self-directed services option” has the meaning given in s. 46.2899 (1).
1(2) Coaching program established.
The board shall develop a program to 2
provide coaching for the hiring of individuals with disabilities and shall do all of the 3
(a) Develop a model of coaching businesses in the hiring and employment of 5
individuals with disabilities that engages businesses directly.
(b) Expand awareness and competence across the private sector in hiring 7
individuals with significant disabilities who are enrollees of family care, the Family 8
Care Partnership Program, or the self-directed services option.
(c) Collaborate with individuals and businesses that hire and provide internal 10
support for individuals with disabilities to develop tools and training programs for 11
use in other businesses.
(d) Coordinate with the department of public instruction to explore the use of 13
business-supported employment of individuals with disabilities in the school-age 14
(e) Include travel costs in costs available for any reimbursement, including 16
grants awarded for meeting criteria under sub. (4) (b).
17(3) Coaching; board duties.
The board shall provide the coaching described 18
under sub. (2) to private and nonprofit businesses and to schools, care management 19
organizations that administer family care or the Family Care Partnership Program, 20
consultant agencies that assist enrollees of the self-directed services option, and 21
other employment services providers for the state's long-term care programs.
22(4) Coaching recipients; grants.
(a) The board shall request proposals from 23
any of the following to participate in a coaching program for the hiring of qualified 24
1. Public schools.
2. Care management organizations that administer family care or the Family 2
Care Partnership Program.
3. Consultant agencies that assist enrollees of the self-directed services option.
4. Employment services providers for the state's long-term care programs.
5. Private businesses.
(b) From the appropriation under s. 20.438 (1) (a), the board shall provide 7
coaching and award grants to entities described under par. (a) that meet all of the 8
1. Annually, the entity submits a report to the board containing all of the 10
a. The number of individuals with disabilities hired by the entity that provides 12
supported employment through a business-based internal support model.
b. The wages and hours worked of employees with disabilities hired by the 14
entity that provides supported employment through a business-based internal 15
c. The number of businesses receiving coaching from the entity that hire and 17
employ individuals with disabilities and that provide internal support for those 18
2. The entity demonstrates an increase in the number of businesses hiring and 20
employing individuals with disabilities and providing internal support for those 21
3. The entity demonstrates a reduction in public spending on employment 23
supports for individuals with disabilities by a minimum of 25 percent compared to 24
previous costs or cost estimates. The entity shall provide information on this
reduction and a description of the impact of the program under this section in the 2
annual report under subd. 1.
4. The entity meets other outcome measures as determined by the board.
(1) Employment of individuals with disabilities.
In the schedule under section 6
20.005 (3) of the statutes for the appropriation to the board for people with 7
developmental disabilities under section 20.438 (1) (a) of the statutes, the dollar 8
amount for fiscal year 2017-18 is increased by $75,000 to implement the coaching 9
program and award grants under section 46.2898 of the statutes. In the schedule 10
under section 20.005 (3) of the statutes for the appropriation to the board for people 11
with developmental disabilities under section 20.438 (1) (a) of the statutes, the dollar 12
amount for fiscal year 2018-19 is increased by $75,000 to implement the coaching 13
program and award grants under section 46.2898 of the statutes.