INFO MEMO 96-02

July 12. 1996

 STATE OF WISCONSIN
Department of Health and Family Services 
Division of Children and Family Services

To: Area Administrators/Assistant Area Administrators
Bureau Directors
County Department of Community Programs Directors
County Departments of Developmental Disabilities Services
Directors County Departments of Human Services Directors
County Departments of Social Services Directors
Program Office Directors/Section Chiefs
Tribal Chairpersons/Human Services Facilitators
From: Susan N. Dreyfus
Administrator
Re: Enactment of Several New Laws (Acts 352, -1,365,369,370,374,375)

 

The Governor recently signed into law several pieces of legislation which affect county departments, children and their families. A brief summary is provided below:

1995 Wisconsin Act 352 - This bill is essentially a "trailer" bill to 1995 Wisconsin Act 77, the law which created Ch. 938, Stats., the Juvenile Justice Code. It also affects ss. 48.396 and 48.78 regarding confidentiality of records.

1995 Wisconsin Act 361 - Relating to the content and public inspection of reports on public assistance recipients and the disclosure of the addresses of public assistance recipients.

1995 Wisconsin Act 365 - Relating to the mutilation of the genitalia of a female minor.

1995 Wisconsin Act 369 - This adds several circumstances under which an abuse and neglect report can be disclosed.

1995 Wisconsin Act 374 - This legislation makes the victims of stalking eligible for crime victim compensation awards.

1995 Wisconsin Act 375 - This legislation authorizes the court to order that a non-custodial parent provide medical information regarding a child and provides circumstances under which the court can further release that information.

1995 Wisconsin Act 386 - This legislation allows a social worker or intake worker to refer an infant for testing for controlled substances, in certain circumstances, without the consent of the parent or guardian.

A copy of each of these acts is provided for your convenience.

REGIONAL OFFICE CONTACT:  Area Administrator
CENTRAL OFFICE CONTACT: Mark S. Mitchell
Out-of-Home Care Manager
Bureau of Programs and Policies
(608) 267-7287

 

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