The Background Check and Misconduct Investigation Program protects individuals receiving care and treatment services in Wisconsin, including those provided in treatment facilities, assisted living settings, the home, and the community.
The program provides that:
- Entities must conduct background checks for employees and contractors who have regular and direct contact with patients, clients, or residents.
- The Department of Health Services (DHS) must conduct background checks for entity operators and for non-client residents.
- Entities must investigate and report any incident, allegation, or suspected occurrence of abuse, neglect or misappropriation of client property.
- Any person may submit a public report of an incident, allegation, or suspected occurrence of abuse, neglect or misappropriation of client property.
- DHS screens and investigates reports from entities and the public. If abuse, neglect, or misappropriation of client property is substantiated, DHS' findings are documented on the Misconduct Registry.
- Individuals with findings on the Misconduct Registry or with offenses affecting eligibility (PDF) for regulatory approval, non client residence, or caregiving employment may apply for rehabilitation review.
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