Qualified Residential Treatment Program (QRTP)

This page provides information about how to seek certification as a qualified residential treatment program (QRTP).

The Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA) was passed by the federal government in 2008. This legislation restructures how the federal government allocates funds to the child welfare system to improve outcomes for children and families. One way that FFPSA does this is through the creation of Qualified Residential Treatment Programs (QRTPs).

2021 Wisconsin Act 42, which was published on May 22, 2021, provided the department with the authority to promulgate emergency rules for the implementation of QRTPs. A statement of scope was approved by the governor on June 3, 2021. The emergency rule was approved on September 3, 2021. The emergency rule, Wisconsin Admin. Code DCF 61, is effective on September 29, 2021. Providers operating a licensed child welfare facility under DCF 52, DCF 57 or DCF 59 of the Wisconsin Administrative Code are eligible to seek certification as a QRTP. Please review all applicable child welfare licensing memos, which provide detailed information on the certification process.

Providers operating a licensed child welfare facility under DCF 52, DCF 57 or DCF 59 of the Wisconsin Administrative Code are eligible to seek certification as a QRTP. Please review all applicable child welfare licensing memos, which provide detailed information on the certification process.

Regulatory Documents

2021 Wisconsin Act 42 provided the department the authority to promulgate emergency rule for the implementation of QRTPs.

DCF Chapter 61 Qualified Residential Treatment Programs Emergency Rule is the administrative rule for QRTPs, effective September 29, 2021.

Application Materials

QRTP Certification Application Form To apply for QRTP certification, the applicant must first be licensed under DCF 52, DCF 57 or DCF 59 of the Wisconsin Administrative Code. Pursuant to section DCF 61.04(1)(a) of the Wisconsin Administrative Code, the application for QRTP certification is mandatory and can be found in the links referenced below. It can also be found on the DCF forms webpage by searching for the form number DCF-F-5474-E.

Providers that become certified as QRTP must also provide information related to the definition of institutions for mental disease (IMD) under the Department of Health Services (DHS) definition. When applying for QRTP certification, the provider must also complete the DHS form related to IMD status which can be found here.

QRTP Continuation Application Form At the time of the provider’s license continuation, the applicant must also apply for continuation of QRTP certification, using the QRTP Certification Continuation Application. Pursuant to Wis. Admin. Code s. DCF 61.05(2)(a), this form is mandatory and can be found in the links below. It can also be found on the DCF forms webpage by searching for the form number DCF-F-5475-E.

QRTP Certification Resources

Supporting a Trauma-informed Treatment Approach DCF has developed, in partnership with facilities, a tool to support agencies in building a trauma-informed treatment model, a requirement of QRTP certification. Supporting a Trauma-Informed Approach Resource Tool provides an overview of trauma-informed care, as well as a self-assessment form.