June 3, 1999

Department of Health and Family Services
Division of Children and Family Services 

To: Area Administrators/Assistant Area Administrators
DCFS Bureau Directors
County Departments of Community Programs Directors
County Departments of Developmental Disabilities 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
Re: Public Hearings on the Proposed Administrative Rules for Kinship Care
(Chapter HFS 58)

This is to notify you that public hearings have been scheduled on the proposed Kinship Care administrative rules (Ch. HFS 58). This rule is mandated by statute. Section 48.57(3m)(ar) states that "The department shall promulgate rules to provide assessment criteria for determining whether a kinship care relative who is providing care and maintenance for a child is eligible to receive payments under par. (am). The rules shall also provide that any criteria established under the rules shall first apply to applications for payments under par. (am) received, and to reviews under par. (d) conducted, on the effective date of those rules."

We will be holding three (3) public hearings at the times and locations identified below:

Monday, June 14 Tuesday, June 15 Monday, June 21
11:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Best Western Midway
Birch Room
2901 Martin Ave.
Wausau, WI 54401
10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
BMCW, Site 3
611 N. Teutonia Ave.
Milwaukee, WI 53209
11:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Comfort Inn East
Madison B Room
4822 E. Washington Ave.
Madison, WI 53704

Written comments received by 4:30 PM on June 22, 1999 will have the same effect as if those comments were provided at the public hearings. Written comments should be sent to Mark S. Mitchell, DHFS/DCFS/BPP, P.O. Box 8916, Madison, WI 53708-8916. Written comments should be as specific as possible in identifying the part of proposed Ch. HFS 58 to which a comment applies.

A copy of the proposed administrative rules is attached for your convenience. 

CENTRAL OFFICE CONTACT: Mark S. Mitchell, Manager
Child Welfare Services Section
Bureau of Programs and Policies
1 West Wilson Street
P.O. Box 8916
Madison, WI 53708-8916
(608) 266-2860
e-mail: mitchms@dhfs.state.wi.us
c: County/Tribal Kinship Care Contact Persons
Nancie Young, OSF/TAU

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