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 Wisconsin Administrative Code, Chapters DHS 34, 35, 36, 40, 61, and 63.

Learn more about the Department's role in regulating Mental Health Care Treatment Programs.

AODA and Mental Health Program Certification Survey Guide (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

The Department of Health Services Division of Quality Assurance is responsible for assuring the health, safety, and welfare of the citizens of Wisconsin.  If any individual believes that a caregiver, agency, or Department regulated facility 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. (PDF))

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 mental retardation or 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.

Community Mental Health Services from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services' Bureau of Prevention, Treatment and Recovery provides information about various mental health programs. The Bureau's site map provides links to pages and organizations related to addiction and substance abuse and mental health needs.

Last Revised: August 15, 2017