Caregiver Program

Wisconsin's Caregiver Law requires background and criminal history checks of certain personnel who are responsible for the care, safety, and security of children and adults. The law also requires covered entities to investigate and report incidents of misconduct (abuse, neglect or misappropriation of property). The caregiver program applies to all caregivers, including nurse aides, who have access to clients in facilities regulated by the Department of Health Services, Division of Quality Assurance (DQA).

The Wisconsin Caregiver Program Manual, P-00038 (PDF) provides detailed information about the Caregiver Law as it relates to DQA regulated entities. 

Potential Caregiver Misconduct


Components of the Caregiver Program

The Wisconsin Caregiver Program is implemented under Wis. Stat. §§ 50.065 and 146.40 and Wis. Admin. Code chs. DHS 12 and 13.

Wisconsin Caregiver Program, P-63141 (PDF)

Caregiver Background Checks

Caregiver Misconduct Reporting Requirements

Caregiver Misconduct Registry and Rehabilitation Review

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Last Revised: March 13, 2019