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The bill as affected by Assembly Amendment 1 requires a school board to assist
the parent or guardian of a pupil who resides in the school district and who was
enrolled in but who has withdrawn from the recovery charter school to comply with
compulsory education requirements. Prior to amendment, the bill had required the
school board to enroll the pupil in a school in the school district. Under the bill as
affected by Assembly Amendment 1, if the pupil enrolls in a school in the school
district, the school board must ensure that the school applies all credits earned at the
recovery charter school towards high school graduation requirements.
Assembly Amendment 1 eliminates from the bill a provision that required the
Department of Public Instruction to pay a per pupil amount to a school district on
behalf of a pupil who was enrolled in the recovery charter school but who withdrew
from the charter school and enrolled instead in a school in the school district.
The bill permits the state superintendent to award a start-up grant towards
the establishment of the recovery charter school of up to $50,000 in fiscal year
2017-18 if the director of OEO procures matching funds equal to the amount of the
grant. Under the bill, the Department of Public Instruction must pay to the operator
of the recovery charter school the same per pupil amount as is paid to the operator
of other charter schools.
The bill prohibits a health care policy, plan, or contract from excluding coverage
for mental health or behavioral health treatment or services provided by the recovery
charter school if the policy, plan, or contract covers the mental health or behavior
health treatment or services when provided by another health care provider. The bill
as affected by Assembly Amendment 4 requires the operator of the recovery charter
school to notify the pupil's policy, plan, or contract, upon the pupil's enrollment in the

charter school, of the services that the policy, plan, or contract may be required to
cover. The bill also requires the operator of a recovery charter school, if requested
by a pupil's policy, plan, or contract, to enter into a memorandum of understanding
with the policy, plan, or contract on matters other than the required coverage for
services.
The people of the state of Wisconsin, represented in senate and assembly, do
enact as follows:
AB6-engrossed,1 1Section 1. 20.255 (2) (fp) of the statutes is amended to read:
AB6-engrossed,3,32 20.255 (2) (fp) Charter schools; office of educational opportunity. A sum
3sufficient to make the payments to charter schools under s. 118.40 (2x) (e) 1.
AB6-engrossed,2 4Section 2. 20.255 (2) (fq) of the statutes is created to read:
AB6-engrossed,3,85 20.255 (2) (fq) Charter schools; office of educational opportunity recovery
6charter schools.
A sum sufficient to make the payments to charter schools under s.
7118.40 (2x) (e) 1m. and for the grant under 2017 Wisconsin Act .... (this act), section
821 (2 ).
AB6-engrossed,3 9Section 3. 20.255 (2) (fq) of the statutes, as affected by 2017 Wisconsin Act ....
10(this act), is amended to read:
AB6-engrossed,3,1411 20.255 (2) (fq) Charter schools; office of educational opportunity recovery
12charter schools
. A sum sufficient to make the payments to charter schools under s.
13118.40 (2x)(e) 1m. and for the grant under 2017 Wisconsin Act .... (this act), section
14(21) (2 ).
AB6-engrossed,4 15Section 4. 66.0137 (4) of the statutes is amended to read:
AB6-engrossed,4,316 66.0137 (4) Self-insured health plans. If a city, including a 1st class city, or
17a village provides health care benefits under its home rule power, or if a town
18provides health care benefits, to its officers and employees on a self-insured basis,
19the self-insured plan shall comply with ss. 49.493 (3) (d), 631.89, 631.90, 631.93 (2),

1632.746 (10) (a) 2. and (b) 2., 632.747 (3), 632.798, 632.85, 632.853, 632.855, 632.867,
2632.87 (4), (5), and to (6), 632.885, 632.89, 632.895 (9) to (17), 632.896, and 767.513
3(4).
AB6-engrossed,5 4Section 5. 118.40 (2x) (cm) of the statutes is created to read:
AB6-engrossed,4,95 118.40 (2x) (cm) Notwithstanding par. (c), the director may enter into a
6contract to establish, as a pilot project, only one recovery charter school, to be located
7in this state and that operates only high school grades, if the term of the contract is
8limited to 4 consecutive school years and the contract requires the charter school
9operator to do all of the following:
AB6-engrossed,4,1110 1. Provide an academic curriculum that satisfies the high school graduation
11requirements under s. 118.33.
AB6-engrossed,4,1312 2. Provide therapeutic programming and support for pupils in recovery from
13substance use disorder or dependency.
AB6-engrossed,4,1514 3. Require prospective pupils to apply to attend the charter school and
15condition eligibility for enrollment on all of the following:
AB6-engrossed,4,1716 a. That the applicant has begun treatment in a substance use disorder or
17dependency program.
AB6-engrossed,4,1918 b. That the applicant will have maintained sobriety for at least 30 days prior
19to attending the charter school.
AB6-engrossed,4,2220 c. That the applicant submit to a drug screening assessment and, if indicated,
21a drug test. An applicant who tests positive for the presence of a drug in his or her
22system may not be enrolled in the charter school.
AB6-engrossed,4,2323 4. Limit enrollment to no more than 15 pupils.
AB6-engrossed,5,3
15. Require, as a condition of continuing enrollment, that an applicant receive
2counseling from substance use disorder or dependency counselors employed by the
3charter school while enrolled in the charter school.
AB6-engrossed,5,44 6. Establish the following policies for pupils attending the charter school:
AB6-engrossed,5,85 a. Suspension and expulsion policies for pupils. The operator shall provide for
6incremental and rehabilitative discipline in the policies under this subd. 6. a. The
7operator shall model expulsion procedures on the procedures for expulsion under s.
8120.13 (1) (c) 3.
AB6-engrossed,5,109 b. That a pupil attending the charter school may elect to unenroll from the
10charter school upon the completion of any treatment program required of the pupil.
AB6-engrossed,5,1411 7. Require, as a condition of continuing enrollment, that an applicant submit
12claims for coverage of therapeutic programming and support and counseling
13provided by the charter school to any health care plan, as defined in s. 628.36 (2) (a)
141., under which the applicant is covered for mental health services.
AB6-engrossed,6 15Section 6. 118.40 (2x) (e) 1. of the statutes is amended to read:
AB6-engrossed,5,2116 118.40 (2x) (e) 1. Beginning in the 2016-17 school year, from the appropriation
17under s. 20.255 (2) (fp), for each pupil attending a charter school established under
18this subsection, other than the charter school established under par. (cm), the
19department shall pay to the operator of a charter school established under this
20subsection an amount equal to the per pupil amount paid to an operator of a charter
21school under sub. (2r) (e) in that school year.
AB6-engrossed,7 22Section 7. 118.40 (2x) (e) 1m. of the statutes is created to read:
AB6-engrossed,6,223 118.40 (2x) (e) 1m. Beginning in the 2017-18 school year, from the
24appropriation under s. 20.255 (2) (fq), for each pupil attending the charter school
25established under par. (cm), the department shall pay to the operator of the charter

1school an amount equal to the per pupil amount paid to an operator of a charter
2school under sub. (2r) (e) in that school year.
AB6-engrossed,8 3Section 8. 118.40 (2x) (e) 2. of the statutes is amended to read:
AB6-engrossed,6,74 118.40 (2x) (e) 2. The department shall pay 25 percent of the total amount
5required to be paid under this paragraph in September, 25 percent in December, 25
6percent in February, and 25 percent in June. The department shall send the check
7to the operator of the charter school.
AB6-engrossed,10 8Section 10. 118.40 (3) (f) of the statutes is renumbered 118.40 (3) (f) 1. and
9amended to read:
AB6-engrossed,6,1410 118.40 (3) (f) 1. A contract with a school board, an entity under sub. (2r) (b) a.
11to h.
, or the director under sub. (2x) may provide for the establishment of more than
12one charter school, and, except as provided in subd. 2., a charter school governing
13board may enter into more than one contract with a school board, an entity under
14sub. (2r) (b), or the director under sub. (2x).
AB6-engrossed,11 15Section 11. 118.40 (3) (f) 2. of the statutes is created to read:
AB6-engrossed,6,1816 118.40 (3) (f) 2. The governing board of the charter school established under
17a contract with the director under sub. (2x) (cm) may not enter into more than one
18contract with the director.
AB6-engrossed,12 19Section 12. 118.40 (3) (g) 2. of the statutes is renumbered 118.40 (3) (g) 2. a.
20and amended to read:
AB6-engrossed,6,2221 118.40 (3) (g) 2. a. A charter school shall give preference in enrollment to pupils
22who were enrolled in the charter school in the previous school year and.
AB6-engrossed,6,25 23b. A charter school other than the charter school established under a contract
24with the director under sub. (2x) (cm) shall give preference
to siblings of pupils who
25are enrolled in the charter school.
AB6-engrossed,13
1Section 13. 118.40 (3m) (c) of the statutes is amended to read:
AB6-engrossed,7,52 118.40 (3m) (c) Give preference in awarding contracts for the operation of
3charter schools other than the charter school established under a contract with the
4director under sub. (2x) (cm)
to those charter schools that serve children at risk, as
5defined in s. 118.153 (1) (a).
AB6-engrossed,14 6Section 14. 118.40 (3o) of the statutes is created to read:
AB6-engrossed,7,127 118.40 (3o) Report of the director to the department of health services.
8The director shall, following the 3rd school year of the operation of the charter school
9established under par. (cm), report, in writing, to the department of health services
10on the operation and effectiveness of the charter school. The director shall include
11in the report an evaluation of the effectiveness of the charter school on long-term
12student recovery outcomes.
AB6-engrossed,15 13Section 15. 120.12 (26) of the statutes is created to read:
AB6-engrossed,7,1614 120.12 (26) Enrollment of pupils. For a pupil who is a resident of the school
15district and who was enrolled in but has withdrawn from the recovery charter school
16established under s. 118.40 (2x) (cm), do all of the following:
AB6-engrossed,7,1817 (a) Provide assistance to a person who has control over the pupil to meet the
18requirements under s. 118.15.
AB6-engrossed,7,2119 (b) If the pupil enrolls in a school in the school district, ensure that the school
20applies all credits earned at the recovery charter school towards the high school
21graduation requirements under s. 118.33.
AB6-engrossed,16 22Section 16. 120.13 (2) (g) of the statutes is amended to read:
AB6-engrossed,8,223 120.13 (2) (g) Every self-insured plan under par. (b) shall comply with ss.
2449.493 (3) (d), 631.89, 631.90, 631.93 (2), 632.746 (10) (a) 2. and (b) 2., 632.747 (3),

1632.798, 632.85, 632.853, 632.855, 632.867, 632.87 (4), (5), and to (6), 632.885,
2632.89, 632.895 (9) to (17), 632.896, and 767.513 (4).
AB6-engrossed,17 3Section 17. 185.983 (1) (intro.) of the statutes is amended to read:
AB6-engrossed,8,114 185.983 (1) (intro.) Every voluntary nonprofit health care plan operated by a
5cooperative association organized under s. 185.981 shall be exempt from chs. 600 to
6646, with the exception of ss. 601.04, 601.13, 601.31, 601.41, 601.42, 601.43, 601.44,
7601.45, 611.26, 611.67, 619.04, 623.11, 623.12, 628.34 (10), 631.17, 631.89, 631.93,
8631.95, 632.72 (2), 632.745 to 632.749, 632.775, 632.79, 632.795, 632.798, 632.85,
9632.853, 632.855, 632.867, 632.87 (2), (2m), (3), (4), (5), and to (6), 632.885, 632.89,
10632.895 (5) and (8) to (17), 632.896, and 632.897 (10) and chs. 609, 620, 630, 635, 645,
11and 646, but the sponsoring association shall:
AB6-engrossed,18 12Section 18. 609.717 of the statutes is created to read:
AB6-engrossed,8,15 13609.717 Mental health services provided by a recovery charter school.
14Limited service health organizations, preferred provider plans, and defined network
15plans are subject to s. 632.87 (4m).
AB6-engrossed,19 16Section 19. 632.87 (1) of the statutes is amended to read:
AB6-engrossed,8,2117 632.87 (1) No insurer may refuse to provide or pay for benefits for health care
18services provided by a licensed health care professional on the ground that the
19services were not rendered by a physician as defined in s. 990.01 (28), unless the
20contract clearly excludes services by such practitioners, but no contract or plan may
21exclude services in violation of sub. (2), (2m), (3), (4), (4m), (5), or (6).
AB6-engrossed,20 22Section 20. 632.87 (4m) of the statutes is created to read:
AB6-engrossed,9,1223 632.87 (4m) No policy, plan, or contract may exclude coverage for mental health
24or behavioral health treatment or services provided by the charter school established
25under a contract under s. 118.40 (2x) (cm), if the policy, plan, or contract covers the

1mental health or behavioral health treatment or services when provided by another
2health care provider, as defined in s. 146.81 (1) (a) to (p). The operator of the charter
3school established under a contract under s. 118.40 (2x) (cm) shall, upon the
4enrollment of a pupil in the charter school, notify the policy, plan, or contract that
5covers the pupil's mental health or behavioral health treatment or services of the
6services that the policy, plan, or contract may be required to cover under this
7subsection. If requested by a policy, plan, or contract, an operator of the charter
8school established under a contract under s. 118.40 (2x) (cm) shall enter into a
9memorandum of understanding with a policy, plan, or contract on matters other than
10the coverage required under this subsection, including reimbursement, payment
11terms, and compliance with state and federal patient health information privacy
12laws.
AB6-engrossed,21 13Section 21 . Nonstatutory provisions.
AB6-engrossed,9,2014 (1) Seeking federal moneys; department of health services. During the
152017-19 fiscal biennium, the department of health services may seek and apply for
16any federal moneys for the purpose of awarding a grant to the office of educational
17opportunity in the University of Wisconsin System under section 36.64 of the
18statutes for the operation of the charter school established under a contract under
19section 118.40 (2x) (cm) of the statutes, and if federal moneys are received, may
20award those moneys as a grant to the office of educational opportunity.
AB6-engrossed,9,2521 (2) Office of educational opportunity; start-up funding. From the
22appropriation under section 20.255 (2) (fq) of the statutes, the state superintendent
23may award a start-up grant of up to $50,000 to the director of the office of educational
24opportunity in the University of Wisconsin System under section 36.64 of the
25statutes for the purpose of establishing a recovery charter school under section

1118.40 (2x) (cm) of the statutes. The state superintendent may not award a grant
2under this subsection unless the director of the office of educational opportunity
3procures matching funds equal to the amount of the grant for the same purpose.
AB6-engrossed,22 4Section 22. Effective dates. This act takes effect on the day after publication,
5except as follows:
AB6-engrossed,10,86 (1) The creation of section 20.255 (2) (fq) of the statutes and Section 21 (2 ) of
7this act take effect on July 1, 2017, or on the 2nd day after publication of the 2017
8biennial budget act, whichever is later.
AB6-engrossed,10,109 (2) The amendment of section 20.255 (2) (fq) of the statutes takes effect on July
101, 2018.
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