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Wisconsin Department of Health Services

Finding and Choosing Health and Residential Care Providers

Provider Search

County-By-County Residential Care Options

Complaints about Health/ Residential Care Providers

Provider Types Regulated by the Department

WI Adult Programs Caregiver Misconduct Registry

Wisconsin Facilities Serving People with Developmental Disabilities (FDDs)

What is a Facility Serving People with Developmental Disabilities (FDD)?

A Facility Serving People with Developmental Disabilities (FDD) is a residential facility for three or more unrelated persons with developmental disabilities. FDDs are also known as Intermediate Care Facility for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities (ICF/IID).

What Services Are Provided by an FDD?

FDDs provide treatment to individuals with developmental disabilities so to help them maintain and improve their current skills and to develop new skills (e.g., work, social, activities of daily living, education, etc.).

Regulation Information

FDDs are regulated under Chapter DHS 134, Wisconsin Administrative Code (exit DHS). Learn more about the Department's role in regulating FDDs.

Looking for an FDD in Wisconsin?

Aging and Disability Resource Centers (ADRC): ADRCs provide information on broad range of programs and services, help people understand the various long term care options available to them, help people apply for programs and benefits, and serve as the access point for publicly-funded long term care. These services can be provided at the ADRC, via telephone, or through a home visit, whichever is more convenient to the individual seeking help.

County-By-County Directories of Wisconsin Residential Care Providers: Locate a health or residential care provider in a specific county.

Provider Search:  Locate a health or residential care provider and obtain compliance history information.

Statewide FDD Directories

FDDs Directory (PDF, 15 KB)

Assisted Living facilities (group homes) - check individual providers for services to the appropriate population

Wisconsin Centers for People with Developmental Disabilities

Compliance Information

  • Consumer Information Reports for Wisconsin Nursing Homes and Facilities Serving People with Developmental Disabilities. These reports give information about inspection results, nursing staff turnover and nurse staffing for individual nursing homes.

  • Choosing Wisconsin Residential Care Options: Learn more about the compliance history of individual facilities for the four assisted living provider types regulated by the Department. Learn more about the information included on the facility profiles.

  • Provider Search: Locate a health or residential care provider and obtain compliance history information.

Resources for Choosing an FDD

The Department of Health Services does not refer residents for placement in FDDs and does not provide guidance for selecting nursing homes, besides providing compliance history information.  However, there are state and national resources that provide guidance for selecting nursing homes. 

Complaints Regarding Wisconsin Health and Residential Care Providers

The Department of Health Services Division of Quality Assurance is responsible for assuring the health, safety, and welfare of the citizens of Wisconsin.  If any individual believes that a caregiver, agency, or Department regulated facility has violated State or Federal laws pertaining to regulated entities, that individual has the right to file a complaint.

Client Rights

  • Wisconsin Client Rights: Anyone who is receiving services for mental illness, a developmental disability, or substance abuse in the state of Wisconsin has specific rights under Wisconsin Statute 51 (State Alcohol, Drug Abuse, Developmental Disability and Mental Health Act) subsections 51.61 and 51.30. (exit DHS) (PDF, 1.3 MB)

  • Advance Directives: An advance directive describes, in writing, your choices about the treatments you want or do not want or about how health care decisions should be made for you if you become incapacitated and cannot express your wishes.

Last Updated: September 12, 2014