Finding and Choosing Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse (AODA) Treatment Programs

What are Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse (AODA) Treatment Programs?

Alcohol and other drug abuse (AODA) treatment programs, also know as community substance abuse programs, are a wide range of programs for persons affected by alcohol or drugs. These programs include detox centers, day treatment, inpatient/outpatient facilities, residential programs, and intervention/prevention efforts.

Regulation Information

AODA treatment programs are regulated under Wis. Admin. Code ch. DHS 75.

Learn more about the regulation of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse (AODA) Treatment Programs.

AODA and Mental Health Program Certification Survey Guide, P-63174 (PDF)

Looking for drug and alcohol abuse treatment in Wisconsin?

Provider Search: This application from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services allows you to search for Wisconsin substance abuse treatment programs by location within the state.

Search a database: This directory from Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) allows you to search for a substance abuse treatment program in your area. You can also call SAMHSA's toll-free referral helpline at 1-800-662-4357.

Statewide Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse (AODA) Treatment Programs Directory

Complaints Regarding Wisconsin Health and Residential Care Providers

If any individual believes that a caregiver or Division of Quality Assurance regulated provider has violated state or federal laws pertaining to regulated entities, that individual has the right to file a complaint.

Client Rights

Wisconsin Client Rights: Anyone who is receiving services for mental illness, a developmental disability, or substance abuse in the state of Wisconsin has specific rights under Wisconsin Statute 51 (State Alcohol, Drug Abuse, Developmental Disability and Mental Health Act) subsections 51.61 and 51.30.

Advance Directives: An advance directive describes, in writing, your choices about the treatments you want or do not want or about how health care decisions should be made for you if you become incapacitated and cannot express your wishes.

More Help

Mental Health Providers: Tips on Finding One: Information from the Mayo Clinic on choosing a mental health care provider.

How to Choose a Qualified Behavioral Health Care Provider: This guide from The Joint Commission can help you think about what's important as you choose a behavioral health organization. These organizations include those that provide substance abuse treatment services, adult mental health services, community mental health centers, child and adolescent services, foster care services, and services for those with developmental disabilities.

Quality Check is a service offered by The Joint Commission, a nonprofit organization that evaluates health care quality and safety. You can look up a mental health or substance abuse care facility by name or location.

Mental Health - Partner/Provider Resources from the Division of Care and Treatment Services.

Last Revised: October 18, 2019