Reporting of Client/Patient/Resident Death Attributable to Suicide, Restraint, or Psychotropic Medication

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"


Submit the completed form by fax or email to:

Department of Health Services
Division of Quality Assurance/Office of Caregiver Quality
Fax: 608-264-6340


The reporting requirements are found under:

For questions regarding reporting requirements, please contact the Office of Caregiver Quality at 608-261-8319 or at

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.

  • Hospice Restraint/Seclusion Deaths: 42 CFR §418.110(p)

A Hospice must report restraint/seclusion deaths directly to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), Office of the Regional Administrator (Chicago Regional Office) at 312-886-6432. 

The hospice must report:

  • Each unexpected death that occurs while a patient is in restraint or seclusion.
  • Each unexpected death that occurs within 24 hours after the patient has been removed from restraint or seclusion.
  • Each death known to the hospice that occurs within 1 week after restraint or seclusion where it is reasonable to assume that use of restraint or placement in seclusion contributed directly or indirectly to a patient's death.
  • 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. Report Serious Incidents to DCF using form DCF-F-CFS2146-E which can be found at the Child Welfare Licensed Facility Forms and Publications website.

Last Revised: January 12, 2017