(1) Definitions. In this section:
Terms Used In Wisconsin Statutes 46.2785
- Appropriation: The provision of funds, through an annual appropriations act or a permanent law, for federal agencies to make payments out of the Treasury for specified purposes. The formal federal spending process consists of two sequential steps: authorization
- Contract: A legal written agreement that becomes binding when signed.
- Person: includes all partnerships, associations and bodies politic or corporate. See Wisconsin Statutes 403.504
(a) “Nursing facility” has the meaning given in 42 USC 1396r (a).
(b) “Serious mental illness” has the meaning given in 42 CFR 483.102 (b) (1).
(c) “Waiver program” means the Community Opportunities and Recovery Program for which a waiver has been requested under sub. (2) and granted under 42 USC 1396n (c).
(2) Waiver request. The department may request a waiver from the secretary of the U.S. department of health and human services, under 42 USC 1396n (c), authorizing the department to serve in their communities medical assistance recipients who meet eligibility requirements specified in sub. (4) by providing them home or community-based services as part of the Medical Assistance program. If the department requests the waiver, it shall include all the assurances required under 42 USC 1396n (c) (2) in the request. If the department receives the waiver, it may request an extension of the waiver under 42 USC 1396n (c).
(3) Contract for administration. If doing so is consistent with the waiver received by the department as specified in sub. (2), the department may contract with a county or a private agency to administer the waiver program. A private agency with which the department contracts shall have the powers and duties of a county under this section.
(4) Eligibility. Any medical assistance recipient who has a serious mental illness and meets the level of care requirements under s. 49.45 (6m) (i) for reimbursement of nursing home care under the Medical Assistance program is eligible to participate in the waiver program.
(a) Medical assistance reimbursement for services a county or private agency contracts for or provides under the waiver program shall be made from the appropriation accounts under s. 20.435 (4) (b), (gm), and (o).
(b) The department may, from the appropriation account under s. 20.435 (4) (o), reimburse a county for providing, or contracting to provide, services that cost more than the average annual per person rate established by the department, but less than the average amount approved by the federal government for the waiver program.