Finding and Choosing Mental Health Care Treatment Programs

What are Mental Health Care Treatment Programs?

Mental health care treatment programs are for persons affected by mental illness. These programs include day treatment services, inpatient/outpatient facilities, intervention/prevention efforts, residential programs, and employment services.

Regulation Information

Mental health care treatment programs are regulated under Wis. Admin. Code chs. DHS 34, 35, 36, 40, 61, and 63.

Learn more about the regulation of Mental Health Care Treatment Programs.

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

Looking for mental health care 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.

Statewide Mental Health Care 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: Wisconsin Stat. ch. 51 (State Alcohol, Drug Abuse, Developmental Disabilities and Mental Health Act) protects anyone in the state of Wisconsin who is receiving services for mental illness, a developmental disability, or substance abuse. See Wis. Stat. §§ 51.30 (Records) and 51.61 (Patient Rights) for more information.

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.

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: August 19, 2021