Waivers and Variances: Behavioral Health

 Attention Providers

Current Wis. Admin. Code ch. DHS 75 (PDF) is still in effect until October 1, 2022. You will need to scroll to find your subchapter, sections, subsections, or paragraphs.

View the text of revised Wis. Admin. Code ch. DHS 75 and visit the Revised DHS 75 Implementation webpage for more information.


The following provides information on the procedure to be used by certified community mental health and certified substance abuse treatment providers to request a waiver or variance of Wisconsin administrative code.


  • A waiver, if granted, allows the certified program an exemption from the specified regulatory requirement(s).
  • A variance, if granted, allows the certified program to request permission to meet the regulations in a manner different than stipulated by the rule.

Submit a request

For information on the current waiver and variance process for any certified mental health and/or substance use disorder providers please review Community Mental Health and Substance Abuse Treatment Services Waiver and Variance Process, P-02328 (PDF).

Provider requests will only be accepted on the Waiver or Variance Request - Community Mental Health and Substance Abuse Programs, F-60289 (Word) . You must indicate on the application form the specific code or rule for which the waiver or variance is requested, for example: Wisconsin Admin. Code §§ DHS 34.23(5)(a), DHS 63.06(4)(a), or DHS 75.15(9)(b)6.

Mail, email or fax completed request form to:

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

Email: DHSDQAMentalHealthAODA@dhs.wisconsin.gov

Fax: 608-261-0655

Additional resources

View the following DHS webpages for certification information:

Contact us

For questions about the waiver and variance process, please contact the Behavioral Health Certification Section at 608-261-0656.

Last Revised: June 15, 2022