Reporting Requirements for Programs and Facilities
Within 24 hours after the death of a client or learning of a death:
The program or facility that was providing care, treatment or services to the client is required under Wisconsin statutes to notify the Department of Health Services if there is cause to believe that the death was related to:
- the use of a physical restraint or seclusion
- the use of one or more psychotropic medications
- a suspected suicide.
Notification to the Department must be completed via the Client/Patient/Resident Death Determination form F-62470 (PDF, 239 KB).
Form F-62470 includes guidelines to assist programs and facilities in determining if there is reasonable cause to believe the client/patient/resident death may be related to the use of restraint/seclusion, the use of psychotropic medication or is a suspected suicide.
- Section II on page 1 lists the provider types required to report
- Section V on pages 4-5 provides "General Information and Death Determination Guidelines"
- Client/Patient/Resident Death Determination, F-62470 (PDF, 239 KB)
Submit the completed form by fax or email to:
Department of Health Services
Division of Quality Assurance/Office of Caregiver Quality
- DQA Numbered Memo 16-008 (PDF, 126 KB) – Centralized Reporting of Client/Patient/Resident Death Determination
The reporting requirements are found under:
- Community-Based Residential Facility – Wis. Stat. § 50.035(5)(b)
- Adult Family Home – Wis. Admin. Code § DHS 88.03 (5)(e)1
- Nursing Home – Wis. Stat. § 50.04(2t)(b)
- Treatment Facility (mental health or substance abuse program/service) – Wis. Stat. § 51.64(2)(a)
For questions regarding reporting requirements, please contact the Office of Caregiver Quality at 608-261-8319 or at DHSCaregiverIntake@dhs.wisconsin.gov.
Deaths Reportable to other Agencies
- Hospital Restraint/Seclusion Deaths: 42 CFR & 482.13(g)
A death associated with restraint and/or seclusion in a hospital is to be reported directly to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Regional Office. Refer to S&C: 14-27-Hosptial-CAH/DPU.
- Residential Care Centers for Children and Youth – Refer to Wisconsin Department of Children and Families (DCF), Child Welfare Licensing Series Memo 2016-04 – REPORTING SERIOUS INCIDENTS.