Wisconsin State Laws, Policies and Funding
RH terminology used by the Division of Care and Treatment Services (DCTS), Bureau of Prevention, Treatment and Recovery -Recovery Residences are home-like, residential environments that promote healthy recovery from a substance use disorder and support persons recovering from a substance use disorder through the use of peer recovery support.
Accreditation, Certification, and State Licensing Requirement: No state requirement.
RH Law(s): Assembly Bill 646 (2020) The act requires the Department of Health Services (DHS) to establish and maintain a registry of approved recovery residences. The act also requires DHS to approve a recovery residence for registration if the recovery residence adheres to certain standards described in the act.
Legislation: SB1071/AB1109 (2021) This bill requires the Department of Health Services to encourage the development, expansion, and quality control of networks of recovery residences and to allocate moneys to create a grant program for establishing recovery residences or a network of recovery residences or to award grants for purposes specified in the bill. Current law defines a “recovery residence” as a home-like, residential environment that promotes healthy recovery from a substance use disorder and supports a person’s recovery from a substance use disorder through the use of peer recovery support.
SABG Program: The “Planned Priority Areas” documents for your state’s Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant (SABG) program and Community Mental Health Services Block Grant (MHBG) program do not specifically mention recovery housing as a priority, nor do they list recovery support services as an allowable activity. To learn more about specific recovery housing activities that are eligible for funding through these grant programs, please reach out to your state’s Single State Agency (SSA) that’s responsible for administering these funds by visiting https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/dcts/index.htm
SOR Program: Your state’s Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) has previously funded recovery activities using State Opioid Response (SOR) funds. To learn more about specific recovery housing activities that are eligible for funding through this grant program, please reach out to your state’s Single State Agency (SSA) that’s responsible for administering these funds by visiting https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/dcts/index.htm
Medicaid Funding: Nothing in the state Medicaid plan suggests direct support for RH, however, certain covered activities could evolve to be provided in RH settings include case management, peer support, life skills, and counseling.
Housing Assistance Funding: https://www.wheda.com/
Frank G. & Frieda K. Brotz Family Foundation
The Frank G. & Frieda K. Brotz Family Foundation is based in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, and was established in 1953.
Regions: The Foundation primarily serves Wisconsin, with a focus on partially rural Sheboygan County. Other rural counties served include Manitowoc and Columbia.
Issues Supported: Mental health care, hospital care, human services, youth development, education, and community development are key areas of interest.
Grant Process and Application: Find out information about the grant-making process by contacting the foundation at 920-458-2121.
Grant-Making Per Year: In FY 2020, the Foundation provided grants in the amount of $1.7 million.
Recovery and Supportive Housing Grantee Example: Samaritan’s Hand is a grantee located in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, in partially rural Sheboygan
County. Samaritan’s Hand offers a 9-bedroom sober living facility for men struggling with substance abuse.
Wisconsin Opioid Settlement Funds
Total Settlement Funds in Wisconsin
- $420 million
- 70% of settlement dollars will be distributed to local governments
- 30% will be distributed to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services
- Funds from three distributors will be paid over 18 years
- Funds from Johnson & Johnson will be paid over 9 years
- Payments to begin second quarter of 2022
- Not established
Spending So Far
- Attorney General Josh Kaul, 608-266-1221
- Paul Krupski, Director of Opioid Initiatives at DHS, firstname.lastname@example.org, 608-266-7457
- Wisconsin Local Government Memorandum of Understanding
- DHA Opioid Settlement Funds Proposal
- Opioid Settlement Funds
- The Opioid Epidemic: You Spoke, We Listened
How About Your County?
To get a quick overview of the resources available in your county, including gaps that may need to be addressed, visit the Recovery Ecosystem Index Map developed through a partnership between the Fletcher Group Rural Center of Excellence, the NORC Walsh Center at the University of Chicago, and East Tennessee State University.
Need More Info?
A year in the making by a staff of ten, the Fletcher Group’s 82-page Recovery Housing Landscape Report provides an in-depth overview of the most recent laws, policies, and funding affecting recovery housing. You’ll find sections devoted to state laws, SAMHSA funding, Medicaid, corrections, and housing assistance plus numerous links to valuable resources and official documents. To see the complete downloadable report, click the image to the left.
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