Waivers and Variances: Behavioral Health

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 (Word).

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: 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: January 16, 2020