Service Fund

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DHS Chapter HFS 77: The department may use funds from the appropriations under s. 20.435 (6) (a) and (hs), Stats., to reimburse communication access service providers for deaf, deafblind or hard of hearing persons in accordance with the requirements of this chapter. (b) 1. Only in the following circumstances, when the department reimburses a communication access services provider under par. (a), the department shall reimburse the provider without subsequently billing the individual who or agency that requested the communication access services

  • The individual or agency requesting communication access services is not required by state or federal law to provide those services;
  • No other source of funding is applicable; or
  • The department determines that undue hardship or potential harm to the individual or agency is caused by requiring the individual or agency to provide reimbursement for communication access services.

Reimbursement for communication access services under this chapter is contingent upon the availability of funds in the appropriations under s. 20.435 (6) (a) and (hs), Stats.

Priority Circumstances Eligible for Reimbursement

In accordance with s. 46.295, Stats., and subject to s. HFS 77.06 (1), the department shall give priority to requests to pay fees charged by communication access services providers in the following circumstances, in the following order:

  1. Emergencies.
  2. Medical, mental health, alcohol and drug abuse, psychiatric or psychological services are needed.
    1. The Service Fund Coordinator will work with providers to determine if they are eligible on a case by case basis.
    2. If ODHH Service Funds are used in mental health situations, we require that the communication access service provider hold a valid QMHI Certification from the Office of Deaf Services in Alabama.
    3. ODHH Service Funds will no longer be approved for any 12-step meetings including: AA, NA, etc.
  3. In obtaining legal services and during civil court proceedings.
    1. The Service Fund Coordinator will work with requestors to determine if the Service Fund monies can be used.
    2. If ODHH Service Funds are used in legal settings it is strongly encouraged that any Communication Access Service Providers providing American Sign Language Interpreting services hold SC:L Certification from the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, Inc. RID.
  4. Matters involving law enforcement personnel.
    1. The Service Fund Coordinator will work with requestors to determine if the Service Fund monies can be used.
    2. If ODHH Service Funds are used in legal settings it is strongly encouraged that any Communication Access Service Providers providing American Sign Language Interpreting services hold SC:L Certification from the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, Inc. RID.
  5. Matters involving any federal, state, county or municipal agency.
    1. The Service Fund Coordinator will work with requestors to determine if the Service Fund monies can be used.
  6. Job-related appointments for deaf, deafblind or hard of hearing persons who are not clients of the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development’s Division of Vocational Rehabilitation.
    1. The Service Fund Coordinator will work with requestors to determine if the Service Fund monies can be used, and if so, how they can be used.
  7. Funerals and memorial services.

    1. Each request for Service Funds for a funeral will receive approvals not to exceed $500. It will be up to the consumer to decide how the funding is to be used – e.g. funeral service, memorial service, burial, visitation, luncheon, etc.

 

Non-priority Circumstances Eligible for Reimbursement

In accordance with s. 46.295, Stats., and subject to s. HFS 77.06 (1), the department may reimburse communication access services providers for services provided in connection with any of the following activities:
 (Decisions to approve funding for reimbursement in non-priority circumstances will depend on the amount of funds available at the time of the request and if other sources of funding are applicable).

  1. Communications involving financial matters.
  2. Communications involving housing and shelter.
  3. Meetings related to the development of new programs, agencies or organizations to promote awareness of issues relating to deaf, deafblind or hard of hearing persons.
    1. Requests from statewide organizations will receive $3,000 - $5,000 depending on the number of chapters within the organization and it is up to the organization to determine how the funds are to be spent.
  4. Meetings, workgroups or conferences sponsored by statewide, nonprofit organizations whose missions relate specifically to deaf, deafblind and hard of hearing persons.
    1. Requests from statewide organizations will receive $3,000 - $5,000 depending on the number of chapters within the organization and it is up to the organization to determine how the funds are to be spent.
  5. Meetings, workgroups or conferences sponsored by non-profit organizations that do not receive federal funds, do not administer a statewide program or whose mission is not specifically related to deaf or hard of hearing persons, but are serving the deaf or hard of hearing.
  6. Matters relating to the welfare of minor children of deaf, deafblind or hard of hearing parents, including meetings relating to day care or child care, attendance at parental support groups or parenting classes and meetings with schools when no other source of funding is applicable.
  7. After school activities for children that are temporarily not covered under federal laws while an alternate source of funding is being pursued.
  8. Activities that people who are not deaf, deafblind or hard of hearing participate in without accommodations or technologies, including participation on boards of non-profit organizations and training sessions not specifically designed for deaf, deafblind or hard of hearing people when the sponsoring agency or organization is not required by federal or state law to provide those services.
  9. Communications that may affect a person’s ability to function safely or independently in the community.

 

Communication Access Services Providers Seeking Reimbursement

A Communication Access Services Provider providing Sign Language Interpreting services seeking reimbursement from the Service Fund must have a valid DSPS Sign Language Interpreter License.

Once the request for Communication Access Services has been approved, it is up to the requestor to provide the Approval Form to the Communication Access Services Provider. (Under no circumstance will the Office for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing approve requests for reimbursement from the Communication Access Services Providers themselves). Once the approved assignment is completed, the Communication Access Services Provider is required to send their invoice(s), along with a copy of the Service Fund Approval Form in order to be reimbursed to:

Office for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
Service Fund Invoice
Attn: Amber Mullett, Service Fund Administrator
1 W. Wilson Street, Room 558
Madison, WI 53707-7851

Last Revised: February 10, 2015