About the Department of Health Services (DHS)

The Department of Health Services (DHS) is one of the largest and most diverse state Departments in Wisconsin, with an annual budget of roughly $11.5 billion and more than 6,100 employees. DHS is committed to protecting and promoting the health and safety of the people of Wisconsin, making sure everyone can live their best life.

DHS oversees Medicaid, the single largest program in the state budget, and other health and social service programs. DHS ensures that the care provided to Wisconsin residents is high-quality and provided in accordance with state and federal law; ensures that Wisconsin taxpayer dollars are being used effectively and efficiently by preventing and detecting waste, fraud and abuse; and works to continue Wisconsin's long tradition of strong health outcomes and innovation.

DHS works with local counties, health care providers, and community partners, among others, to provide alcohol and other drug abuse prevention, mental health, public health, implementation of long-term care, disability determination, regulation of state nursing homes and numerous other programs that aid and protect the citizens of our state. The Department also oversees seven 24/7 institutions: three centers for the developmentally disabled; a facility for mentally ill inmates; two psychiatric hospitals; and a facility for treating sexually violent persons.

The Department works to ensure its contractors, grantees, sub-grantees and other providers prohibit discrimination in employment and service delivery.
The Client Rights Office promotes the rights of people receiving services for developmental disability, mental health, and substance use in Wisconsin.
A listing of programs and services the department provides including staff contact information.
The Department has nine divisions and offices that work to protect and promote the health and safety of the people of Wisconsin.
Employees can find instructions to access the DHS WorkWeb from anywhere. There are also links to STAR Employee Self-Service and Financials.
Learn more about Department of Health Services job opportunities and the benefits available to State of Wisconsin employees.
File a complaint regarding care or services provided by an entity the Department regulates or report public assistance fraud.
In our centralized library, you can find all forms produced by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services.
Locate all memos issued by the Department of Health Services.
The Department issues press releases to provide updates to the public about key programs, priorities, and public health conditions.
The Department of Health Services has more than 6,100 employees operating in 15 offices, institutes and facilities across the state of Wisconsin.
In our centralized library, you can find publications produced by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services.
The Department operates programs, provides care and services, and conducts business using a variety of different service area models and regions.
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) is statutorily required to provide one-time, quarterly, annual, and biennial reports on behalf of the agency. DHS is required to provide these reports and information to the legislature and governor. Beginning in 2018, DHS is posting all statutorily
Learn more about the understanding the information contained on the Department's website, including acronyms, as well as how to request information.
In our centralized library, you can find all videos produced by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services.
DHS guiding principles are fundamental in helping all staff provide programs and services to meet the needs of the people of Wisconsin.
Files, preserves, protects, changes and issues copies of birth, death, marriage, and divorce certificates for events that occur in Wisconsin.
Last Revised: November 28, 2017