DCF 56.13(5)(c)1.a.a. Three of the letters shall be written by persons unrelated to the applicant. At least one of these reference letters shall be regarding the applicant's qualifications under par. (a) 1., excluding par. (a) 1. d.
DCF 56.13(5)(c)1.b. b. The fourth favorable reference letter shall be from a relative, preferably from an adult child if applicable.
DCF 56.13(5)(c)2. 2. `Content.' Each reference letter shall include a statement indicating all of the following:
DCF 56.13(5)(c)2.a. a. How long the person giving the reference has known the applicant.
DCF 56.13(5)(c)2.b. b. Under what circumstances he or she knows the applicant.
DCF 56.13(5)(c)2.c. c. His or her knowledge of the applicant's qualifications and characteristics under s. DCF 56.05 (1) (b).
DCF 56.13(6) (6) Level 4 specialized treatment foster home.
DCF 56.13(6)(a) (a) Licensee experience.
DCF 56.13(6)(a)1.1. An applicant for certification to operate a Level 4 foster home shall have at least 4 of the following:
DCF 56.13(6)(a)1.a. a. A minimum of one year of experience with children with a level of need of 3 as a foster parent or kinship care provider with a child placed in his or her home for at least one year.
DCF 56.13(6)(a)1.b. b. A minimum of 5 years of experience working with or parenting children.
DCF 56.13(6)(a)1.c. c. A minimum of 500 hours of experience as a respite care provider for children under the supervision of a human services agency.
DCF 56.13(6)(a)1.d. d. A high school diploma or the equivalent.
DCF 56.13(6)(a)1.e. e. A college, vocational, technical, or advanced degree in the area of a child's treatment needs, such as nursing, medicine, social work, or psychology.
DCF 56.13(6)(a)1.f. f. A substantial relationship with the child to be placed through previous professional or personal experience.
DCF 56.13(6)(a)1.g. g. Work or personal experience for which the applicant has demonstrated the knowledge, skill, ability, and motivation to meet the needs of children with a level of need of 4.
DCF 56.13(6)(a)2. 2. If an applicant for certification to operate a Level 4 foster home relies on experience that meets the requirements in subd. 1. b. or f. as one of the 4 required criteria in this paragraph, the applicant shall also meet one of the criteria in subd. 1. a., c., e., or g.
DCF 56.13(6)(b) (b) Training.
DCF 56.13(6)(b)1.1. Each foster parent who operates a Level 4 foster home shall complete a minimum of 40 hours of pre-placement training under s. DCF 56.14 (6h) before or after initial licensure but prior to the placement of any child in the home.
DCF 56.13(6)(b)2. 2. Each foster parent who operates a Level 4 foster home shall complete a minimum of 30 hours of initial licensing training under s. DCF 56.14 (7e) during the initial licensing period.
DCF 56.13(6)(b)3. 3. Each foster parent who operates a Level 4 foster home shall complete 24 hours of ongoing training under s. DCF 56.14 (8) in each 12-month period of licensure subsequent to the initial licensing period.
DCF 56.13(6)(c) (c) References. An applicant for certification to operate a Level 4 foster home shall submit at least 4 favorable reference letters as follows:
DCF 56.13(6)(c)1. 1. `From whom.'
DCF 56.13(6)(c)1.a.a. Three of the letters shall be written by persons unrelated to the applicant. At least one of these reference letters shall be regarding the applicant's qualifications under par. (a) 1., excluding par. (a) 1. d.
DCF 56.13(6)(c)1.b. b. The fourth favorable reference letter shall be from a relative, preferably from an adult child if applicable.
DCF 56.13(6)(c)2. 2. `Content.' Each reference letter shall include a statement indicating all of the following:
DCF 56.13(6)(c)2.a. a. How long the person giving the reference has known the applicant.
DCF 56.13(6)(c)2.b. b. Under what circumstances he or she knows the applicant.
DCF 56.13(6)(c)2.c. c. His or her knowledge of the applicant's qualifications and characteristics under s. DCF 56.05 (1) (b).
DCF 56.13(7) (7) Level 5 exceptional treatment foster home.
DCF 56.13(7)(a) (a) Need for Level 5. An applicant for certification to operate a Level 5 foster home, in conjunction with a licensing agency, may apply to the department exceptions panel if all of the following circumstances exist:
DCF 56.13(7)(a)1. 1. A placement is needed for a child with the following conditions:
DCF 56.13(7)(a)1.a. a. The child has behaviors or conditions that require a high degree of supervision and overnight awake care that is provided by program staff who rotate shifts within a 24-hour period.
DCF 56.13(7)(a)1.b. b. The child will benefit from a home-like environment that has fewer children than a group home or residential care center for children and youth.
DCF 56.13(7)(a)1.c. c. The child is expected to need long-term care or has needs agreed to by the department.
DCF 56.13(7)(a)2. 2. All other community placement options have been investigated and determined to be unavailable or not in the best interest of the child.
DCF 56.13 Note Note: A foster home with a Level 4 or lower certification level and additional staff that provide less than 50% of a child's care should be considered as the first option when the child needs additional treatment or services.
DCF 56.13(7)(b) (b) Clarify specific and limited circumstances before submitting an application. Prior to submitting an application to operate a Level 5 foster home, a licensing agency shall inform the department exceptions panel chairperson of the agency's intent, discuss the agency's plans, and clarify department requirements for certification of a Level 5 foster home.
DCF 56.13(7)(c) (c) Application. An application for certification to operate a Level 5 foster home shall be on a form prescribed by the department and shall include all of the following:
DCF 56.13(7)(c)1. 1. A program description, information on personnel, and information on a specific child or the population to be served.
DCF 56.13(7)(c)2. 2. If for a specific child, letters on the appropriateness of a Level 5 foster home for the child from parents, therapists, social workers, physicians, and other professionals who are currently working with the child.
DCF 56.13 Note Note: An application for certification of a Level 5 foster home, DCF-F-2559-E-E, can be found on the department website at https://dcf.wisconsin.gov/cwportal/fc/forms.
DCF 56.13(7)(d) (d) Level 5 is the only shift-staffed foster home. A foster parent may do any of the following only if the foster home has a Level 5 certification:
DCF 56.13(7)(d)1. 1. Live in a residence that is not the foster home.
DCF 56.13(7)(d)2. 2. Provide less than 50 percent of a child's care.
DCF 56.13(7)(e) (e) Program manager.
DCF 56.13(7)(e)1.1. `Responsibilities.' A licensing agency shall ensure that each Level 5 foster home has a program manager who is the foster parent and licensee for the Level 5 foster home. In conjunction with the program manager, a licensing, placing, or supervising agency shall oversee program operation and development of a Level 5 foster home and do all of the following:
DCF 56.13(7)(e)1.a. a. Review the appropriateness of admission of each child to the Level 5 foster home with the licensing agency.
DCF 56.13(7)(e)1.b. b. Participate in developing, reviewing, and updating child assessments and treatment plans.
DCF 56.13(7)(e)1.c. c. Provide technical assistance to program staff and the licensing, placing, and supervisory agencies, including supervision, support, consultation, coaching, staff development, and staff monitoring.
DCF 56.13(7)(e)1.d. d. Periodically review and update the Level 5 foster home policies and procedures.
DCF 56.13(7)(e)1.e. e. Oversee the day-to-day operations of the Level 5 foster home, including hiring, training, and evaluating program staff.
DCF 56.13(7)(e)1.f. f. Participate in the child treatment team as the foster parent.
DCF 56.13(7)(e)1.g. g. Ensure that the program staff are promoting normalcy for each child placed in the home by applying the reasonable and prudent parent standard when making decisions concerning a child's participation in age or developmentally appropriate extracurricular, enrichment, cultural, and social activities under s. DCF 56.09 (2m).
DCF 56.13(7)(e)1.h. h. Ensure that program staff have access to the information needed to make decisions concerning a child's participation in age or developmentally appropriate extracurricular, enrichment, cultural, and social activities under s. DCF 56.09 (2m).
DCF 56.13(7)(e)3. 3. `Management skills.' An applicant to be a program manager of a Level 5 foster home shall have either of the following:
DCF 56.13(7)(e)3.a. a. Previous employment as a manager or supervisor.
DCF 56.13(7)(e)3.b. b. A professional development plan to develop management and supervisory skills.
DCF 56.13(7)(e)4. 4. `Education or experience in human services.' An applicant for a program manager position for a Level 5 foster home shall have at least one of the following:
DCF 56.13(7)(e)4.a. a. A 4-year college degree from an accredited college or university with a major in social work; sociology; special education; psychology; counseling and guidance; criminal justice; nursing, certified nursing assistant, or other health related field; education; or any other area in a human services field as approved by the department.
DCF 56.13(7)(e)4.b. b. Two years of supervised full-time work experience in an out-of-home care program or assisted living program with adults.
DCF 56.13(7)(e)4.c. c. Personal experience with a family member who has needs similar to the population to be served.
DCF 56.13(7)(e)5. 5. `Pre-placement training.' A program manager for a Level 5 foster home shall complete a minimum of 40 hours of pre-placement training under s. DCF 56.14 (6p) before or after initial licensure but prior to the placement of any child in the home.
DCF 56.13(7)(e)6. 6. `Initial licensing training.' A program manager for a Level 5 foster home shall complete a minimum of 30 hours of initial licensing training under s. DCF 56.14 (7s) during the initial licensing period.
DCF 56.13(7)(e)7. 7. `Ongoing training.' A program manager for a Level 5 foster home shall complete a minimum of 24 hours of ongoing training under s. DCF 56.14 (8) in each 12-month period of licensure subsequent to the initial licensing period.
DCF 56.13(7)(f) (f) Program staff.
DCF 56.13(7)(f)1.1. `Staff ratios.' A Level 5 foster home shall have program staff in sufficient numbers to meet the following staff ratios:
DCF 56.13(7)(f)1.a. a. One program staff person for every 2 children during waking hours.
DCF 56.13(7)(f)1.b. b. One program staff person for every 4 children during sleeping hours.
DCF 56.13(7)(f)2. 2. `Ratios are minimum.' A licensing, placing, or supervising agency or the department may require the number of program staff on duty to be higher than the minimum requirements in subd. 1. as necessary to meet the needs of the children placed and to ensure their safety and welfare.
DCF 56.13(7)(f)3. 3. `Responsibilities.' Program staff shall be responsible for daily supervision of the children and direct care to the children to ensure their safety and well-being, including promoting normalcy under s. DCF 56.09 (2m).
DCF 56.13(7)(f)4. 4. `Qualifications.' An applicant for a program staff position shall have at least one of the following qualifications:
DCF 56.13(7)(f)4.a. a. A bachelor or associates degree from an accredited college or university with a major in a field specified in par. (e) 4. a.
DCF 56.13(7)(f)4.b. b. Current enrollment in and regularly attending an accredited college or university with a major in a field specified in par. (e) 4. a.
DCF 56.13(7)(f)4.c. c. At least one year of full-time experience working in a formal program with the type of child population served by the Level 5 foster home where the applicant is applying for employment.
DCF 56.13(7)(f)4.d. d. Certification as a child and youth care worker under the standards of the Wisconsin Association of Child and Youth Care Professionals or other department-recognized certifying authority.
DCF 56.13 Note Note: A copy of the standards of the Wisconsin Association of Child and Youth Care Professionals can be obtained from the www.wacycp.org or 161 W. Wisconsin Avenue, Milwaukee, WI 53202; telephone (414) 227-3130.
DCF 56.13(7)(f)4.e. e. Completion of a traineeship program in which program staff work with qualified, experienced program staff for at least the first 120 hours of employment before working independently with a child.
DCF 56.13 Note Note: This is an additional 40 hours to the 80 hours required under s. DCF 56.13 (7) (f) 10. b.
DCF 56.13(7)(f)5. 5. `Age.' A program staff person who is hired or contracted for on or after January 1, 2011, shall be at least 21 years old.
DCF 56.13(7)(f)6. 6. `Hiring and employment.' Before an applicant for a program staff position in a Level 5 foster home begins employment, the program manager shall do all of the following regarding the applicant:
DCF 56.13(7)(f)6.a. a. Conduct and document a caregiver background check pursuant to s. 48.685, Stats., and ch. DCF 12.
DCF 56.13(7)(f)6.b. b. Make a determination that the applicant has the capacity to successfully nurture and care for children and does not have a history of a civil action, criminal conviction, or administrative rule violation that substantially relates to the care of a child or a history of exercising unsound judgment or abuse of alcohol or drugs.
DCF 56.13 Note Note: For help in determining whether a civil action, criminal conviction, or administrative rule violation is substantially related to the care of children, consult s. DCF 12.06.
DCF 56.13(7)(f)6.c. c. Make a determination that the applicant has not had a license to operate a foster home, group home, or residential care center for children and youth revoked or denied within the last 2 years.
DCF 56.13(7)(f)6.d. d. Obtain favorable references from at least 3 non-relatives, with documentation by letter or by notes of a verbal contact. Documentation shall include how long the person giving the reference has known the applicant, under what circumstances he or she knows the applicant, and his or her knowledge of the applicant's qualifications.
DCF 56.13(7)(f)7. 7. `Health exam.' Upon hire and before working with residents, a program manager shall require each program staff person to have a tuberculosis test and provide a statement from a physician, physician assistant, or a HealthCheck provider that the program staff person meets the minimum physical requirements of the position, is in general good health, and does not have a communicable disease. The statement shall be based on a medical examination performed within the previous 6 months.
DCF 56.13 Note Note: A HealthCheck form may be obtained by contacting the local public health department.
DCF 56.13(7)(f)8. 8. `Health concerns.' If a licensing agency or the department has reason to believe that the physical or mental health of a program staff person for a Level 5 foster home may pose a threat of harm to children or to the quality and manner of their care or that the program staff person is not able to provide responsible care for children, the licensing agency or the department may require that the program staff person submit a written statement from a physician or, if appropriate, a licensed mental health professional on the physical or mental condition of the program staff person and the possible effect of that condition on the foster home or the children in care.
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Published under s. 35.93, Stats. Updated on the first day of each month. Entire code is always current. The Register date on each page is the date the chapter was last published.