Qualified Residential Treatment Programs (QRTP)

QRTP certification is open and DCF is accepting applications. The video below offers helpful tips on where to gather more QRTP information and training. An additional eWiSACWIS changes video is located here

For direct, technical assistance with QRTP, please join one of the following sessions provided by DCF.

QRTP Technical Assistance | January 25, 2022
Held via Zoom | Zoom invitation ID: 892 0430 7538 Code: 522597 | 10:00a.m. - 11:00a.m
QRTP Technical Assistance | January 31, 2022
Held via Zoom | Zoom invitation ID: 892 0430 7538 Code: 522597 | 9:00a.m. - 10:20a.m
QRTP Technical Assistance | February 8, 2022
Held via Zoom | Zoom invitation ID: 892 0430 7538 Code: 522597 | 12:00p.m. - 1:20p.m
QRTP Technical Assistance | February 18, 2022
Held via Zoom | Zoom invitation ID: 892 0430 7538 Code: 522597 | 10:00a.m. - 11:20p.m


What is QRTP?

Qualified Residential Treatment Programs (QRTP) are designed for youth with serious mental health or behavioral needs. In Wisconsin, QRTP placements will be utilized only when children and youth cannot receive the appropriate services in their home of origin, or another home-like setting. On October 1, facilities can apply to become certified. The QRTP implementation team created a video to help explain the details and qualification of QRTP certification. For continual updates on QRTP and Family First topics, subscribe to the Family First Newsletter for monthly updates.


The Family First Prevention Services Act of 2018 significantly changes the ways in which states may use federal funds for child welfare services, including new restrictions on federal reimbursement of state expenditures for the care and maintenance of children who are placed in congregate care settings.

Effective September 29, 2021, federal payments for the care and maintenance of a child placed in a residential care center for children and youth, group home, or shelter care facility, will only be available for 2 weeks, unless the child is placed in a qualified residential treatment program or other federally-authorized treatment program. The requirements of a qualified residential treatment program are specified in 42 USC 672 (k) (4). The emergency rule provides the requirements that a congregate care facility must meet to be certified to operate a qualified residential treatment program (QRTP).


Licensed group homes and Residential Care Centers (RCC’s) can now apply for certification. Certification will comply with the requirements set forth by the federal government. Facilities will be able to apply for certification through their Child Welfare Licensing Specialist. To apply for QRTP continuation, providers can use this application form. certification logo

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.

For providers looking to become certified, click the link for the most recent QRTP Certification Grid.  

For child welfare agencies doing casework and looking for ongoing standards and changes, please review the FFPSA Crosswalk.

QRTP Applicants

We would like to recognize and extend our thanks to the providers listed below who have submitted their application to be certified as a Qualified Residential Treatment Facility (QRTP) demonstrating their commitment to quality youth services. This list will be updated regularly with new applicants and approvals. 

QRTP Certified
Facility Address Status Date
Courage House 1544 S. 6th Street, Milwaukee, WI 53204 Applied / Pending TBD
Eau Claire Academy  550 N. Dewey Street, Eau Claire, WI 53703  Approved November 2021
Family Services of Northeast WI 300 Crooks Street, Green Bay, WI 54301 Applied / Pending TBD
Lad Lake  3801 N. 88th Street, Milwaukee, WI 53222 Applied / Pending TBD
Lad Lake St. Rose Center 3801 N. 88th Street, Milwaukee, WI 53222 Applied / Pending TBD
Men of Men Milwaukee, WI 53216 Applied / Pending TBD
Men of Men II Milwaukee, WI 53216 Applied/ Pending TBD
Milwaukee Academy  8915 W. Capitol Drive, Milwaukee, WI 53222  Approved

November 2021

Northwest Passage Prairie view 203 United Way, Frederic, WI 54837 Approved November 2021
Northwest Passage Riverside 7818 Moline Rd., Webster, WI 54893 Approved November 2021
Positive Alternatives - Amery 1370 60th Ave., Amery, WI, 54001 Approved December 2021
Positive Alternatives - Marathon 5475 N. 28th Ave., Wausau, WI 54401 Approved December 2021
Positive Alternatives - Menomonie 603 Terrill Rd., Menomonie, WI 54751 Approved December 2021
Positive Alternatives - River Falls 2860 Williams Ave, River Falls, WI 54022 Approved December 2021
Positive Alternatives - Wisconsin Rapids 110 24th St., Wisconsin Rapids, WI 54494 Approved December 2021
Rawhide Inc. E7475 Rawhide Road, New London, WI 54961 Approved December 2021
Rawhide Group Foster Home E7475 Rawhide Road, New London, WI 54967 Approved December 2021


Training sessions kicked off QRTP in Fall 2021 and multiple tools are available now to assist in navigating the QRTP changes and updates. For additional questions, please reach out to FamilyFirst@wisconsin.gov.

  1.  A QRTP Video recording of the training session is available to watch through You Tube.
  2.  Additional Supplemental notes address changes in eWiSACWIS.
  3. The new QRTP digital desk guide is now available for child welfare professionals. 
  4. Post Town Hall Meeting questions are available in FAQ for QRTP.
  5. The benefits of why QRTP is needed is available in a 1-page PDF QRTP Certification Benefits 
  6. The QRTP nurse hotline information is available in a 1-page PDF.

Updates will continue to be made here for QRTP application updates, available training sessions and changes in eWiSACWIS.