Topics H

Topics H:

Halfway House
A short-term structured living environment mainly for persons who have just left residential institutions and are expected to have difficulty adjusting to living in the community.
A term applied to buildings, rooms and restrooms which are accessible to persons with disabilities. A room or building must meet specific DHS standards to meet the definition of handicapped-accessible.
Hiring action report; a personnel form filled out by a supervisor to notify the Department personnel office that someone has accepted a position and will begin work on a certain date.

Health Care


Health Care Efficiencies

(Former) Health Care Financing Administration, federal (now CMS)

Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System

Home and Community Treatment Program, at Mendota Mental Health Institute; demonstrates a community-based model for providing mental health treatment for pre-adolescent children and their families without hospitalization.

High Deductible Health Plan

Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Program
Health Care Agent
An individual who has been designated by a patient, pursuant to ch. 155, Stats., Power of Attorney for Health Care, to make health care decisions on behalf of the patient.
Wisconsin term for EPSDT.
Healthiest Wisconsin 2010
Healthiest Wisconsin 2010: A Partnership Plan to Improve the Health of the Public (the state health plan required by s. 250.07, Wis. Stats.).
Healthy Birth Program
Department program dating from 1985 and directed toward reducing the incidence of low birth weight and birth defects and ensuring that all infants receive comprehensive health care throughout their first year of life.
Healthy Start Program
Department program dating from 1988 providing Medical Assistance benefits for pregnant women and children to age 6, with family incomes up to 155% of federal poverty guidelines.
DHS administrative rules for the Uniform Fee System.
HFS 10
DHS Administrative Code for Family Care and Aging and Disability Resource Centers
HFS 101-108
DHS administrative rules for the Medical Assistance (Title XIX) program; the "super-rule."
HFS 110
DHS administrative rules for ambulance service providers and EMTs basic level.
HFS 119
DHS administrative rules for operation of HIRSP.
HFS 12
DHS administrative codes on caregiver background checks.
HFS 124
DHS administrative codes for hospitals.
HFS 131
DHS administrative codes for hospices.
HFS 132
DHS administrative codes for nursing homes.
HFS 133
DHS administrative codes for home health agencies.
HFS 134

DHS administrative codes for facilities for the developmentally disabled (FDDs).

HFS 140

DHS administrative rules for services of local health departments.

HFS 144

DHS administrative rules for immunization of schoolchildren.

HFS 145

DHS administrative rules for control of communicable diseases.

HFS 149

DHS administrative rules for WIC vendors.

HFS 172

DHS administrative rules for operation of public swimming pools.

HFS 178

DHS administrative rules for campgrounds.

HFS 196

DHS administrative rules for restaurants.

HFS 63

DHS administrative codes for community support programs for chronically mentally ill persons.

HFS 83

DHS administrative codes for community-based residential facilities for 5 or more adults.

HFS 92

DHS administrative codes on confidentiality of the treatment records of persons receiving treatment for a mental disability.

HFS 94

DHS administrative codes on the rights of patients receiving treatment for a mental disability, and standards for grievance procedures.


DHS administrative codes for emergency mental health service programs.


Home health agency.


U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.


Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, PL 104-191.


Health insurance risk sharing plan, under ch. 149, Wisconsin Statutes, and ch. HFS 119, Wis. Adm. Code. Responsibility transferred from OCI to DHS by 1997 Wisconsin Act 27.


Human immunodeficiency virus, the virus that causes AIDS.




A residential or nonresidential program that provides care to persons who are dying, with the care provided not being directed at a cure of the individual but rather at lessening pain and other physical symptoms, with the provision of various kinds of support to the individual and the individual's family. Hospices are licensed by DHS under ch. HSS 131 Adm. Codes.


Health Professional Shortage Area. A category indicating a significant shortage of health providers in the service area and in surrounding areas. It is measured by a population to provider ratio.


County human services department established under s. 46.23, Wisconsin Statutes, through a merger of the county social services department, the county department of community programs established under s. 51.42, Wisconsin Statutes, and other county human service agencies.


Hazardous Substance Emergency Event Surveillance is a state-based surveillance system with the goal of tracking and preventing the adverse public health consequences associated with the uncontrolled or illegal release of hazardous substances.


Human Services Reporting System in DLTC, DMHSAS and DCFS.


Health Services Section (DQA)


Hunger Task Force