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Background Check Requirements

Caregiver Background Checks

Entities must complete these background checks for any of their employees and contractors meeting the definition of a "caregiver" under Wis. Stat. § 50.065(1)(ag)1. These caregiver background checks are required at the time of hire and at least every four years thereafter.

The following resources describe the process for obtaining caregiver background checks:

Entity Background Checks

Wisconsin treatment providers that meet the definition of an "entity" under Wis. Stat. § 50.065(1)(c), must request an "entity" background check from DQA in the following circumstances:

  • When an individual applies for initial approval (license, certification, registration) to operate an entity
  • Upon notice from the Department during four year renewals
  • When an entity allows an individual who is not a client, nor an employee, to reside in an entity facility

The following resources describe the process for requesting these background checks from DQA:

Evaluating Background Check Results

Background check results must be reviewed for any offenses affecting eligibility (PDF). Detailed information about reviewing background check results can be found in the Wisconsin Background Check and Misconduct Investigation Program Manual, P-00038 (PDF). The Wisconsin Department of Justice has additional information on how to read a criminal record.

Contact Us

If you have questions about either background check process, please email the Office of Caregiver Quality.

Last revised February 1, 2023