Mental Health Youth Crisis Stabilization Facilities (Chapter DHS 50) – Initial Certification

Contact Email





Mailing Address

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

In-Person Address

Behavior Health Certification Section
Madison, WI 53701-2969

Mental Health Youth Crisis Stabilization Facilities are certified by the Department of Health Services (DHS) under Wis. Admin. Code ch. DHS 50.




A youth crisis stabilization facility is a treatment service with a maximum of eight beds that admits a minor to prevent or de-escalate the minor's mental health crisis and avoid admission of the minor to a more restrictive setting.


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


Biennial Fees:

Services/Programs Amount
1 $1,100.00
2 $1,600.00
3 $2,000.00
4 $2,350.00
5 $2,750.00
Each additional $200.00


Application Process

Step 1:

Before applying for certification, perspective providers must receive approval from the Division of Care and Treatment Services (DCTS). Per Wis. Stat. § 51.042(2)(a), DHS may limit the number of certifications it grants to operate Youth Crisis Stabilization Facilities.

DCTS Contact Information:
Phone: 608-266-2717

Step 2:

Apply for certification through the Division of Quality Assurance (DQA).

See Wis. Admin. Code § DHS 50.03 Certification; 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, including interviewing program staff. 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 Youth Crisis Stabilization Facility:

Note: A Youth Crisis Stabilization Facility cannot have branch offices. A separate certification must be issued for each address.

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 webpage 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.

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 50, Youth Crisis Stabilization Facilities
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: September 5, 2020