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2017-19 Governor's Biennial Budget Highlights (2.8.17):

2017 WI Act 59 - Check back for updates to 2017-19 Biennial Budget details below (updated 9.27.17)

(Senate Bill 30  /  Assembly Bill 64  / State Budget Resources and Summaries)


Children and Families

  • GOV BUDGET:Increases the county Child & Family Aids allocation by $6.5 million over the biennium. (Counties had requested $10 million to address the increasing cases flowing through child protective services.)
    FINAL BUDGET: Approved $6.5 million increase in Child & Family Aids allocation over the biennium .

  • GOV BUDGET: Provides for an increase of just over $600,000 annually for DMCPS to fund child welfare services and contracts in Milwaukee. 
    FINAL BUDGET: Approved $1.2 million increase in DMCPS over the biennium.
  • GOV BUDGET: Provides an additional $2 million GPR in the second year of the biennium for services for victims of sex trafficking. These dollars are intended to fund the costs of implementing the new protections and services for victims that was enacted under 2015 WI Act 367. DCF had requested more than $12 million to fund these services.
    FINAL BUDGET: Approved $2 million in 2018-19 for services for victims of sex trafficking.
  • GOV BUDGET: Creates a refundable tax credit to assist young adults between the ages of 18 and 20 who have aged out of foster care. The credit equals 125 percent of the amount of the federal EITC for childless adults provided that the federal credit could be claimed if the claimants met the age requirements for the federal credit.
    FINAL BUDGET: Provision deleted. Introduced as separate legislation 2017 AB 239
  • GOV BUDGET: Increases funding for Fostering Futures for the development and implementation of a trauma-informed training curriculum.
    FINAL BUDGET: Approved $200,000 in federal TANF dollars to fund a "Connections Count" grant program. This increases total funding for Fostering Futures to $560,300 in 2018-19.

  • GOV BUDGET: Increases the basic foster care rate by 2.5% in each year of the biennium.
    FINAL BUDGET: Approved 2.5% increase in basic foster care rate in each year of the biennium.

  • JFC PROPOSED: Modifications to statutes governing rate-based services contracts for human services.(WAFCA Initiative)
    FINAL BUDGET: The Governor approved these statutory modifications. 

Health Services

  • GOV BUDGET: Projects a 5% increase in total Medicaid expenditures to total of $20.53 billion over the biennium.
    FINAL BUDGET: Due to re-estimates in caseload, the cost and utilization of medical services and other factors, the final budget assumes an increase of just over $866 million in MA over the biennium, which is almost $135 million less than the Governor's original projections.

  • GOV BUDGET: Provides $1.2 million over the biennium to fund a new children's crisis treatment and stabilization facility.
    FINAL BUDGET: (WAFCA is still reviewing this item) Joint Finance moved the funding for the youth crisis facility under the JFC supplements appropriation control. The Governor vetoed this provision, which effectively returned the funding authorization to DHS.

  • PROPOSED: Provides $14 million FY18 and $25 million FY19 to eliminate the CLTS waiting list for approximately 2,200 children with developmental disabilities, physical disabilities or severe emotional disturbances.
    FINAL BUDGET: Joint Finance made minor increases to the funding in the Governor's proposal for a total of nearly $14.2 million FY18 and $25.4 million FY19 to eliminate the CLTS waiting list.

  • GOV BUDGET: Recommends increasing Medicaid reimbursement for Birth to 3 by allowing the Birth to 3 allocation to be used for the non-federal share of any newly implemented Birth to 3 Medicaid services.
    FINAL BUDGET: Joint Finance approved this modification to the Birth to 3 allocation.

  • GOV BUDGET: Transfers the PATH program from DOA to DHS to better align mental health resources for the homeless population.
    FINAL BUDGET: Joint Finance approved this transfer.

  • GOV BUDGET: Funds travel reimbursement for individuals with lived experience to participate in meetings of the Office of Children's Mental Health.
    FINAL BUDGET: Joint Finance removed the additional funding, and authorized DHS to use it's GPR general admin appropriation for this purpose. The Governor removed the authorization as duplicative stating that DHS already has authority make these expenditures from their general admin appropriation.

  • GOV BUDGET: Expands the Child Psychiatry Consultation Program currently operated by the Medical College of Wisconsin to assist primary care physicians in mental health service delivery.
    FINAL BUDGET: Approves the governor's recommendation providing $1 million GPR over the biennium.

  • GOV BUDGET: Allocates over $87 million (87% federal funds) for a new Medicaid Management Information System and fiscal agent services.
    FINAL BUDGET: Joint Finance made minor modifications to the Governor's proposal, including modifying 8 FTE to time-limited project positions.
  • JFC PROPOSED: Requires DHS to provide reimbursement for clinical consultations under the Medical Assistance program and provides $610,000 in funding in the second year of the biennium.(WAFCA Initiative)
    PARTIAL VETO: The Governor approved the addition of clinical consultation under Medical Assistan 

  • JFC PROPOSED: Provides $3.1 million to maintain 19 dementia care specialists and increase the number to 24. 
    FINAL BUDGET: The Governor approved this additional $3.1 million for dementia care specialists.

  • JFC PROPOSED: Provide one-time funding of $750,000 in 2017-18 and $1,500,000 in 2018-19 to create a pilot program under which DHS would reimburse hospitals and health care systems for intensive care coordination services they provide to MA recipients.
    VETO: The Governor vetoed this JFC proposal.

  • JFC PROPOSED: Provides funding and requires DHS to work with CMS to develop a payment mechanism to increase the direct care and services portion of the capitation rates paid to the FamilyCare managed care organizations.
    PARTIAL VETO: The Governor retained the funding and the directive for DHS to work with CMS, but removed the timeline and the requirement for DHS to go back to JFC to release the funding.

  • JFC PROPOSED: Directs DHS to seek a waiver to allow IRIS funding for individuals individuals with development disabilities who receive post-secondary education on the grounds of health care institutions.
    VETO: The Governor vetoed this proposal stating that this provision was substantially similar to current law and the federal government has already determined this is not allowed under federal regulations for home and community-based services.

Public Instruction

  • GOV BUDGET: Provides $3 million in FY19 to support the availability of social work services in schools.
    FINAL BUDGET: Includes $3 million for school social workers.

  • GOV BUDGET: Includes $2.5 million in FY19 for grants for school-linked mental health services.
    FINAL BUDGET: Increases grants for school-linked mental health to a total of $3.25 million beginning in the second year of the biennium (FY19). The Governor vetoed the requirement for DPI to form an advisory committee but directed DPI to work with stakeholders in developing the grants.
  • GOV BUDGET: Provides $491,000 FY18 and $514,000 in FY19 to train school personnel in mental health first aid and trauma-informed care. 
    FINAL BUDGET: Joint finance reduced funding by $200,000 in each year of the biennium to reflect funding provided in 2017 Act 31.

Corrections

  • GOV BUDGET: $1.3 million in new dollars for PREA compliance initiatives at Lincoln Hills.
    FINAL BUDGET: Includes $1.3 million to increase staff to comply with PREA.
  • GOV BUDGET: Increases the daily rate at Lincoln Hills/Copper Lake to $344/day in FY18 and $352 in FY19.
    FINAL BUDGET: Due to reestimates of the ADP the budget increases the daily rate at Lincoln Hills/Copper Lake to $390/day in FY18 and $397 in FY19.

  • GOV BUDGET: Creates 9 additional staff positions for trained medical personnel to administer medications to youth at Lincoln Hills/Copper Lakes.
    FINAL BUDGET: Approves the Governors proposal to fund 4.0 registered nurses and 5.0 licensed practical nurses to administer medication at the JCI.

  • GOV BUDGET: Allocates nearly $600,000 over the biennium for expanded mental health services at Copper Lakes.
    FINAL BUDGET: Approves the Governor's level of funding for Copper Lakes mental health enhancements.  

  • GOV BUDGET: Expands the Opening Avenues to Reentry Success (OARS) Program and implements a new pilot prison mentorship program.
    FINAL BUDGET: Joint Finance approved $330,400 annually to expand the OARS program.


Courts

  • GOV BUDGET: Provides $2 million in each year of the biennium to fund grants for expansion of Treatment Alternatives and Diversion programs. This infusion of $4 million is one-time funding that will increase the total expenditures on TAD to $9 million FY17-19.
    FINAL BUDGET: Joint Finance reduced the additional grant allocation down to $250,000 PR annually for TAD during the 2017-19 biennium. These funds will be used to support TAD grants to counties that do not currently receive a grant under the TAD program. The funding reduction was due to the allocation of additional TAD funds in 2017 Act 32.


Safety and Professional Services

  • GOV BUDGET: Creates a Licensing Review Council directed to make recommendations regarding occupational licensing to the Governor and the Legislature by December 2018.
    FINAL BUDGET: Joint Finance removed this provision as non-fiscal policy. Introduced as 2017 AB 369.

  • GOV BUDGET: Expands the department's authority to issue forfeitures for professional violations by credential holders that result in a serious risk to public health or public safety.
    FINAL BUDGET: Joint Finance removed this provision as non-fiscal policy. 
  • GOV BUDGET:Eliminates mandatory meeting requirements for boards, commissions and councils attached to DSPS.
    FINAL BUDGET: Joint Finance removed this provision as non-fiscal policy.