Mental Health, Inpatient Program (Adult) (Chapter DHS 61.71) – Renewal

Contact Email




DHS/Division of Quality Assurance
Behavioral Health Certification Section
PO Box 2969
Madison, WI 53701-2969

Inpatient Programs (Adult) are certified by the Department of Health Services under Wisconsin Administrative Code Chapter DHS 61.71.




An Inpatient Program (Adult) means a county operated inpatient unit, general hospital psychiatric unit, or private psychiatric hospital whose primary objective is to provide care and intensive treatment for the mentally ill.


Up to two years with annual fee.


Annual Fees:

Services/Programs Amount
1 $550.00
2 $800.00
3 $1,000.00
4 $1,175.00
5 $1,350.00
Each additional $100.00


Already certified as a Mental Health, Inpatient Program (Adult).


The Division of Quality Assurance sends desk or site renewal information at least 60 days prior to expiration. These materials are to be returned within 30 days of expiration. If you require duplicate information, contact the Division of Quality Assurance, Behavioral Health Certification Section at the number or email above.  

The following applications are required for a Mental Health, Inpatient Program (Adult) recertification:

  • F-00547 - Mental Health Inpatient Initial Certification Application - DHS 61.71 & 61.79
  • F- 00276* (Word, 131 KB) – Behavioral Health Services Renewal Certification Application Chapter DHS 94 – Patient Rights and Resolution of Patient Grievances & DHS 92 – Confidentiality of Treatment Records

*These should be completed once per certificate annually.

WI Statutes

Chapter 51, State Alcohol, Drug Abuse, Developmental Disabilities and Mental Health Act

WI Administrative Code

Chapter DHS 12, Caregiver Background Checks
Chapter DHS 13, Reporting and Investigation of Caregiver Misconduct
Chapter DHS 61, Community Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities
Chapter DHS 61.71, Inpatient Program Standards
Chapter DHS 92, Confidentiality of Treatment of Records
Chapter DHS 94, Patient Rights and Resolution of Patient Grievances

Additional Information

Visit the Mental Health Treatment Programs website for more information.

Last Revised: May 12, 2020