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Notice of Department Designee for CBRF Department-Approved Assisted Living Administrator Training

PDF Version of DQA 11-010  (PDF, 44 KB)

Date: April 5, 2011
DQA Memo 11-010
Supersedes DQA Memo 09-046
To: Community Based Residential Facilities CBRF 05
From: Kevin Coughlin, Director
Bureau of Assisted Living

Otis Woods, Administrator
Division of Quality Assurance

Notice of Department Designee for CBRF Department-Approved Assisted Living Administrator Training

On April 1, 2009, the revised Wisconsin Administrative Code, Chapter DHS 83 for community-based residential facilities (CBRFs) was implemented. With this implementation, there are new qualification requirements for CBRF administrators, listed in DHS 83.15(1).

Under DHS 83.15(1)(c), an individual with a bachelor's degree in a non-health related field from an accredited college may qualify as an administrator if that individual has successfully completed an assisted living administrator's training course approved by the Department.

Additionally, under DHS 83.15(1)(d), an individual with at least two years experience working in a health care related field having direct contact with one or more of the client groups identified under DHS 83.02(16) may also qualify, if that individual has completed the aforementioned administrator's training course.

The Department established an interagency agreement with the University of Oshkosh, Center for Career Development and Employability Training (CCDET). The Department authorized the CCDET to approve curriculums for CBRF assisted living administrator training, coordinate the approval of qualified trainers, maintain public directories for approved programs, and implement a quality assurance program.

The CCDET has successfully developed other statewide training programs. For example, as recipients of a federal pilot grant, CCDET has collaborated with the Division of Quality Assurance to create and deliver the Wisconsin Caregiver Project's abuse and neglect prevention training throughout the state.

CCDET will approve any complete applications received prior to December 31, 2011, for assisted living administrator courses, including up to ten instructors, free of charge. Prior to January 1, 2012, details of the cost for program, instructor and renewal approvals will be forthcoming via the DQA ListServ.

Questions may be directed to:

An application and all requirements can be found at the following website:

Regional office contact information can be found at the following website:


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Last Updated: September 30, 2011