To support economic prosperity and quality of life, the Department of
Health Services exercises multiple roles in the protection and promotion
of the health and safety of the people of Wisconsin.
The Department of Health Services has a vital mission that touches
the lives of all Wisconsinites. Our collective path to success in
meeting our mission lies in always acting true to our shared conviction
We are all in this together.
The following principles guide our actions as we collectively strive
to fulfill our mission:
We serve the citizens of Wisconsin by being effective stewards of
the resources with which they have entrusted us.
We recognize health care costs are not sustainable at current
We need new models for care delivery, regulation development,
prevention strategies, risk sharing and purchasing.
We believe that competition, choice, and transparency are
critical elements to these emerging models if we are to increase the
value of health care to our citizens.
We must, in this transition, enhance the role of our citizens as
primary stakeholders in managing their health and associated costs.
We will align resources to achieve positive outcomes and hold
ourselves accountable for achieving results.
We will provide support systems to help vulnerable people lead
fulfilling, self-directed, healthy lives that promote independence,
while recognizing the value of and utilizing supports from families
and the community.
We will work to eliminate cost shifting to the private sector and
among different systems (acute, mental health, long-term care).
Public programs shall complement rather than compete against the
We will promote quality health care delivery, protect the
interests of citizens receiving services, and develop policies to
reflect evidence-based standards of practice that promote optimal
We will promote development of information, assistance and care
provision systems that help citizens obtain quality support and care
in a least restrictive setting and at an appropriate cost,
consistent with need and available resources.
We will promote collaboration in pursuit of innovation, increased
value and improved outcomes for the benefit of all our citizens.