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Mental Health, Day Treatment Services for Children (DHS 40): Initial




A Mental Health Day Treatment Service for Children means nonresidential care provided on prescription of a physician in a clinically supervised setting that provides case management and an integrated system of individual, family and group counseling or therapy or other services assembled pursuant to an individually prepared plan of treatment that is based upon a multi-disciplinary assessment of the client and his or her family and is designed to alleviate emotional or behavioral problems experienced by the client related to his or her mental illness or severe emotional disturbance.


Non-expiring: a certification is valid until suspended or revoked by DHS.


Annual Fees:

Services/Programs Amount
1 $1,100.00
2 $1,600.00
3 $2,000.00
4 $2,350.00
5 $2,700.00
Each additional $200.00


See Wis. Admin. Code § DHS 40.04(1) Initial Certification Requirements. On receipt of an application for initial certification, DHS shall review the application and its supporting documents and designate a representative to conduct an on-site survey of the program. Within 60 days after receiving a completed application for initial certification, DHS shall either certify the program if all requirements for certification are met or deny certification if any requirement has not been met.

The following application is required for certification of a Day Treatment Services for Youth Program:

Caregiver Background Check – This process is not required if the program is being added to an existing certificate

A caregiver background check (CBC) is required to be completed for all applicants/legal representatives prior to the approval of any new license, certification or registration of a DQA regulated entity.

  • Review information for Licensee Applicants/License Holder Background Checks found on the Caregiver Background Check Process web page for the completion of the Background Information Disclosure (BID) form and Appendix. Complete either the Online Caregiver Background Check (CBC) process or the manual application process.
  • Also review information on the requirement for Employee Background Checks found on the Caregiver Background Check Process webpage.

Wisconsin statute

Wisconsin Stat. ch. 51, State Alcohol, Drug Abuse, Developmental Disabilities and Mental Health Act

Wisconsin administrative code

Wisconsin Admin. Code ch. DHS 12, Caregiver Background Checks

Wisconsin Admin. Code ch. DHS 13, Reporting and Investigation of Caregiver Misconduct

Wisconsin Admin. Code ch. DHS 40, Mental Health Day Treatment for Youth

Wisconsin Admin. Code ch. DHS 92, Confidentiality of Treatment of Records

Wisconsin Admin. Code ch. DHS 94, Patient Rights and Resolution of Patient Grievances

Program information

Visit the Mental Health Treatment Programs webpage for more information.

Last revised May 11, 2022