Wisconsin Community Based
Residential Facilities - Information
on Assisted Living Facilities
for Staff and Management of CBRFs
For persons who seek larger congregate settings, a Community Based
Residential Facility (CBRF) is a place where five or more adults
These facilities are licensed under Chapter
DHS 83 (exit DHS), Wisconsin Administrative Code.
CBRFs range in size from 5 to 257 beds.
CBRFs can admit people of
advanced age, persons with dementia, developmental disabilities, mental
health problems, physical disabilities, traumatic brain injury, AIDS,
Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse, correctional clients, pregnant women needing
counseling and/or the terminally ill.
The minimum age requirement for
residing in a CBRF is 18 years.
The licensing process for a CBRF includes submission of a completed
application, including a portion of the biennial fee of $389, plus a biennial fee of
$50.25 per resident based on the number of residents the facility is licensed to
Once the application is submitted and reviewed, the facility is
visited by a licensing specialist. A notification of licensure or denial
of license will be issued within 70 days of receipt of the completed
application and visit.
All CBRFs must adhere to Chapters
DHS 12 and DHS 13 (exit DHS), Wisconsin Administrative Code – Caregiver
Background Checks and Allegation Reporting.
State licensing specialists inspect CBRFs every two years via
unannounced surveys. However, a facility may be visited between these
inspections if there are any complaints received by the department.
Chapter 50, Wis.
Stats., (exit DHS) provides penalties for CBRFs that are not in compliance with
State laws governing them. These enforcement options include but are not
operation if operating without a license
terminating the employment of a
person who previously had a license revoked
stopping the violation of
Chapter 50 or Chapter DHS 83
submitting a plan of correction
implementing/complying with a plan of
accepting no new residents
forfeitures ($10 - $1,000/day)
the license for 14 days
refusing a license or revoking a license
removing a resident
appointing a monitor
- appointing a receiver
Last Updated: June 05, 2013