Caregiver Misconduct Registry and Rehabilitation Review

The Wisconsin Caregiver Misconduct Registry is a record of the names of nurse aides and other noncredentialed caregivers with a substantiated finding of caregiver misconduct (abuse or neglect of a client or misappropriation of a client's property). Information on the Registry should be reviewed regularly to determine appropriate hiring and employment decisions. Wisconsin law prohibits publishing an individual's social security number.

Wisconsin's Internet-based Nurse Aide Registry

  • For a nurse aide (NA): The registry provides information regarding the aide's employment eligibility and whether a finding of misconduct has been placed under the aide's name.
  • For other noncredentialed caregivers (CGE): Due to Wisconsin state regulations, an individual who is not a nurse aide but works as a personal care worker, maintenance worker, laundry aide, etc., and who has a finding on the Caregiver Misconduct Registry is identified as a caregiver (CGE).
  • Individuals with a finding on the registry may not be employed as a caregiver, defined under Wis. Stat. § 50.065, in any entity regulated by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) unless approved through the Rehabilitation Review process.
  • Employers with knowledge of caregivers having lived in other states should check with that state's registry.

For the convenience of employers of caregivers, the following supplemental information is provided:

Permanent Bars from Employment

Federal regulations require that under certain circumstances nurse aides with a finding of caregiver misconduct be permanently barred from working in any capacity in federally regulated nursing homes.

Individuals with findings on the Registry of misconduct may also be permanently barred from working in intermediate care facilities for individuals with intellectual disabilities (ICF/IID).

Monthly Additions of Findings

  • Names of individuals newly added to the Misconduct Registry.

Rehabilitation Review

Individuals with a finding on the Caregiver Misconduct Registry may request a rehabilitation review. The rehabilitation review process cannot change a permanent bar imposed by federal law.

Counties, school boards, child placing agencies and tribes may order the forms listed below to report rehabilitation review panel decisions to DHS. Use Forms/Publication Order, F-80025A (Word) to request forms.

  • Rehabilitation Review Panel Decision Report, F-83264
  • Instructions for Rehabilitation Review Panel Decision Report, F-83264A
  • Rehabilitation Review Appeals Report, F-83265
  • Instructions for Rehabilitation Review Appeals Report, F-83265A
Last Revised: December 1, 2020