2017 Wisconsin Statutes & Annotations
Chapter 938. Juvenile justice code.
938.362 Payment for certain special treatment or care services.

Universal Citation: WI Stat § 938.362 (2017)

938.362 Payment for certain special treatment or care services.

(1)Definition. In this section, “special treatment or care" has the meaning given in s. 938.02 (17m), except that it does not include alcohol and other drug abuse services.

(2)Applicability. This section applies to the payment of court-ordered special treatment or care under s. 938.34 (6) (a) or (am), whether or not custody has been taken from the parent.

(3)Payment by parent or insurer. If a juvenile's parent neglects, refuses, or is unable to provide court-ordered special treatment or care for the juvenile through his or her health insurance or other 3rd-party payments, notwithstanding s. 938.36 (3), the court may order the parent to pay for the court-ordered special treatment or care. If the parent consents to provide court-ordered special treatment or care for a juvenile through his or her health insurance or other 3rd-party payments but the health insurance provider or other 3rd-party payer refuses to provide the special treatment or care, the court may order the health insurance provider or 3rd-party payer to pay for the special treatment or care in accordance with the terms of the parent's health insurance policy or other 3rd-party payment plan.

(4)Payment by county department.

(a) If the court finds that payment cannot be attained under sub. (3), the court may order the county department under s. 51.42 or 51.437 of the juvenile's county of legal residence to pay the cost of any court-ordered special treatment or care that is provided directly by or under contract with the county department.

(b) Payment for special treatment or care by a county department under par. (a) does not prohibit the county department from contracting with another county department or approved treatment facility for the provision of special treatment or care.

(c) A county department that pays for court-ordered special treatment or care under par. (a) may recover from the parent, based on the parent's ability to pay, a reasonable contribution toward the costs of court-ordered special treatment or care. This paragraph is subject to s. 46.03 (18).

History: 1995 a. 77, 275; 2005 a. 344.

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