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With an annual budget of roughly $11.5 billion, the Department of Health Services (DHS) is one of the largest and most diverse state departments in Wisconsin. We oversee Medicaid, the single largest program in the state budget, and many other health and social service programs that are important to Wisconsinites. There are more than 6,000 of us working in many different roles here at DHS. We know that together we can protect and promote the health and safety of the people of Wisconsin, helping everyone live their best life.

Some of the jobs we offer and work we do

  • Behavioral and mental health professionals: social workers, therapists, psychologists, and psychiatrists
  • Communications and outreach
  • Customer service
  • Data analysts
  • Direct care: Nurses and physicians
  • Dentists and CNAs
  • Education and teaching
  • Finance, budget, and accounting
  • Food service
  • Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
  • Human Resources
  • Income maintenance specialist
  • Information systems and technology
  • Maintenance and custodians

  • Mechanical, technical, trades, power plant, and engineering
  • Office and administrative support
  • Paralegals and attorneys
  • Project Management
  • Public health
  • Research and science
  • Security and corrections
  • Supervisory and management

Benefits available to state employees

  • Retirement
  • Vacation
  • Personal holidays
  • Legal holidays
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Health insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Paid sick leave, income continuation insurance,
    wrap around insurance
  • Dental insurance
  • Vision insurance
  • Accidental death and dismemberment Insurance
  • Long-term care insurance
  • Commuter benefits program
  • Flexible spending account (medical/daycare)
  • Deferred compensation (personal retirement)
  • Worker’s Compensation

Detailed information on benefits is available from the Wisconsin Department of Employee Trust Funds.

Meet the team. Check out our DHS employee profiles:

Vanessa Baldwin

Vanessa Baldwin is a Financial Specialist - Senior. She says people are surprised by how diverse her responsibilities and job duties are. Her favorite benefit is the generous vacation time, which allows her to maintain a healthy balance between work and family.


Kim Kemper

As a Financial Specialist, Kim Kemper tells us the experience she's gained at DHS over during her first year is immeasurable.


Bridget Asasira

Bridget Asasira is a Financial Specialist - Senior, who says her most memorable DHS experience so far has been shaking Governor Tony Evers’ and Lieutenant Governor Mandela Barnes’ hands.



Jenny Carver at workstation

As a Telecom Team Lead, Jennifer Carver is charged with making sure DHS employees can communicate via phone. She enjoys that her job lets her see a project through from start to finish, and gives her skills she can use to move up in her career.

James Kim standing at workstation

James Kim is a Mobile Device Administrator who once entered a 15-character password into a mobile phone with no keyboard showing. See why he says working at DHS is satisfying, with just the right amount of challenge.


Melissa Oleson standing at open file cabinet

With relatives already working at DHS, Financial Specialist - Advanced Melissa Oleson jokes that she joined the family business. And she says she enjoys the work/life balance she's been able to achieve here.

Last Revised: June 12, 2020