Careers in the Division of Care and Treatment Services

Working for the People of Wisconsin: A Career That Matters

The Division of Care and Treatment Services (DCTS) supports and provides services for intellectual disabilities, mental health, and substance use. There are over 4,000 employees in DCTS. Enthusiastic, talented and diverse, this amazing group of people is committed to protecting and promoting the health and safety of the people of Wisconsin.


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A Place to Call Home

DCTS has operations in the following cities.


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Why People Work for DCTS

"I love seeing the smiles I help inspire."
- Resident Care Technician

"Witnessing tiny sparks of possibilities evolve into unlimited opportunities for the individuals we serve. This makes my heart smile!"
- Program Assistant

"I really enjoy contact with people who I can actually help. That makes me feel like my job is real – that I am in a position to make a positive difference in someone’s journey on this planet. I love the people here – it is wonderful to meet so many cool, fun, interesting people who care about helping others as well. Three cheers for DCTS!"
- Client Rights Specialist


Benefits of Working for DCTS

DCTS employees enjoy all of the benefits of employment with the State of Wisconsin, including access to professional development and advancement opportunities.


Most state employees are offered a retirement benefit through the Wisconsin Retirement System (WRS). All full-time, and most part-time employees, initially employed on or after July 1, 2011, are expected to work at least 1,200 hours to be considered a WRS employee. Employee-required contributions are approximately one-half of the total required WRS contribution. The state pays the other half. Employees initially employed on or after July 1, 2011, having no prior employment with any WRS employer, are required to have at least five full years of WRS-creditable service to have vested rights to the WRS-employer contribution.


Vacation is earned from the first day of employment, but cannot be used until the employee has worked for six months. Vacation is earned by full-time employees at the following rate:

Years of Service Annual Vacation Hours
Annual Vacation Hours
During first 5 104 120
5+ to 10 144 160
10+ to 15 160 176
15+ to 20 184 200
20+ to 25 200 216
25 and Over 216 216


Personal Holidays

Employees are granted 4.5 days of personal holiday time.

Legal Holidays

The state provides nine legal holidays with pay:

  • New Year's Day
  • Martin Luther King Jr.'s Birthday
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Christmas Eve Day
  • Christmas Day
  • New Year's Eve Day

Sick Leave

Sick leave is earned at the rate of five hours per biweekly pay period for full-time employees. Unused sick leave accumulates from year to year. Upon retirement, the state matches a certain amount of the unused sick leave, and the entire balance can be converted at the employee's current hourly rate to pay health insurance premiums.

Health Insurance

Employees can choose amongst a variety of health insurance plan designs offered by various health insurance companies. Employees may obtain coverage within one month of starting work, but the state contribution toward the premium is not effective until after two months of state employment under the WRS.

Life Insurance

After six months of coverage under the WRS, an employee may have group term life insurance coverage in an amount up to five times his/her annual salary. The state contributes approximately 49% of the premium toward two of the five units of coverage; however, the premiums for the remaining three units of coverage are paid totally by the employee. Employees may also secure coverage for their spouse (up to $20,000) and dependents (up to $10,000) each.

Income Continuation Insurance

After six months of continuous coverage in the WRS, employees are eligible to apply for income continuation insurance coverage. This benefit ensures that individuals will receive up to 75% of their gross salary for physical or mental disabilities certified by a physician. The state contribution, which can range from 0% to 100%, is contingent upon an employee's accrual and use of sick leave.

Wrap-around Insurance

Supplemental dental coverage, hospital and surgical indemnity, accidental death and dismemberment, and optional vision materials coverage are features of this insurance. Employees are responsible for the entire premium.

Dental Insurance

Some dental coverage is included in most of the group health insurance plans. In addition, there are purely supplemental dental plans available to choose from. The entire premium for the supplemental plans is paid by the employee.

Vision Insurance

Evaluations for visual acuity are generally covered by health insurance. For eyeglass frames, lenses, or for vision exams outside of your health network, optional vision care insurance is available to state employees, annuitants and dependents. Subscribers pay the full premium. The vision services plan covers eye exams, frames, lenses, and contact lenses, with plans for singles, couples, and extra visits for families.

Accident Insurance

Employees can choose to enroll in an accidental injury plan, or a plan that pays a set sum in the case of loss of a limb or vision, for instance.

Long-Term Care Insurance

This insurance covers long-term home health care, assisted living, community-based care and nursing home care. The plan is available to state employees and annuitants, including their spouse, parents and spouse's parents. Employees pay the full premium.

Employee Reimbursement Accounts Program

The Employee Reimbursement Accounts Program allows employees to pay eligible medical and dependent daycare expenses from pre-tax rather than post-tax income. In addition, premiums for the State of Wisconsin Group Health Insurance Program, catastrophic and life insurance (excluding spouse and dependent life insurance coverage) may be treated as pre-tax deductions.

Commuter Benefits Program

The Commuter Benefits Program allows employees to save money on eligible parking and transit costs by using pre-tax dollars to pay for bus passes, parking expenses and other mass transit costs.

Deferred Compensation

The Deferred Compensation Program allows eligible employees an opportunity to save pre-tax earnings to supplement retirement income. Under Sec. 457, participants are allowed to defer up to the lesser of 100% of gross income, or $18,000 in 2015.

Worker’s Compensation

All employees are covered by the State of Wisconsin Worker's Compensation Law the day they start employment. The law covers both mental and physical harm from either accidents or occupational diseases.


Last Revised: April 4, 2018