Private or public laundry facilities shall be available to meet the needs of all residents.
Any laundry equipment in the facility shall be installed and vented in accordance with the manufacturer's recommendations.
The shelter care facilities shall have sufficient storage space to accommodate, within reason, each child's clothing and other belongings.
All medicines shall be labeled and stored in a locked compartment designated for this use only except that medicines requiring refrigeration shall be properly stored and clearly labeled. All outdated medicines shall be destroyed.
Provisions shall be made for the safe storage of potentially dangerous items.
A telephone shall be provided with emergency instructions posted nearby for fire, police and medical assistance. A telephone in a locked room or requiring payment to reach the operator shall not satisfy this requirement.
(15) Emergency equipment.
Each shelter care facility shall have first aid supplies readily available.
The shelter care facility shall provide a heating system which is capable of maintaining a temperature in living and sleeping quarters of at least 68°
The heating unit shall be maintained in a safe condition as determined through an annual check by a qualified individual acceptable to the department.
Portable electric or unvented space heaters shall not be permitted.
(17) Electric system.
Electrical systems and appliances shall be in good repair and properly protected.
All regularly opened windows and doors shall be properly screened.
The water supply shall be of safe, sanitary quality and shall be obtained from a water supply system and location, construction and operation of which shall comply with the standards approved by the department of natural resources. When water is obtained from a private well, its safety shall be determined by annual testing by a certified laboratory.
The shelter care facility shall be equipped with a water heater adequate to meet the needs of all residents.
All spoiled and deteriorated food products shall be disposed of immediately. All garbage while in the home shall be kept in non-combustible, watertight containers. Garbage shall be removed from the living quarters at least daily, except for those facilities using a garbage compactor, which shall establish a regular schedule for the removal of garbage.
All habitable rooms shall be provided with adequate light and ventilation.
All sleeping rooms occupied by children shall be rooms with an outside wall and an openable window.
All bath and toilet rooms shall be provided with an openable window or exhaust ventilation.
Habitable rooms on the second floor shall be provided with access to 2 exits, at least one of which shall be a stairway exit.
DCF 59.06 Note
Note: A window shall be considered an “exit" if it and its screen or storm window is openable from the inside without the use of tools, not less than 22 inches in the smallest dimension, at least 5 square feet in area and with a lower sill not more than 4 feet from the floor.
Passageways leading to exits shall be clear and unobstructed. One exit door shall be at least 3 feet in width.
All stairs serving 3 or more levels shall have a door at either the bottom or top of the stairs and the door shall be kept closed.
Except for a hold-over room under par. (dm)
, a shelter care facility shall have a smoke detection system. The smoke detection system shall be an interconnected system of smoke detectors listed by Underwriter's Laboratory or a radio-transmitted smoke detection system which has a centrally mounted alarm horn or alarm horns which, when activated, can be heard throughout the facility. The smoke detection system shall be installed and regularly tested in accordance with the manufacturer's instructions, and a smoke detector shall be located at each of the following locations in the facility:
Above the door leading to every enclosed stairway on each floor level;
In every corridor spaced not more than 30 feet apart nor more than 15 feet from any wall;
In each common use room, including every living room, dining room, lounge, family room and recreation room, but not in the kitchen;
A hold-over room shall either meet the requirements under par. (d)
for a smoke detection system or have, at minimum, a functioning battery operated smoke detector located in the room and tested at least once a month and a functioning battery operated smoke detector located outside the room but in proximity to the room, also tested at least once a month, to provide early enough detection and adequate warning for exiting.
There shall be a written posted plan for emergency evacuation of the facility and at the time of placement each resident shall be instructed in the use of the plan. Evacuation procedures shall include provisions for handling residents with limited mobility and shall be reviewed with the staff every 2 months. Large group shelter facilities shall conduct fire drills at least every 2 months.
A charged fire extinguisher acceptable to the local fire department shall be provided in the kitchen and on each floor of the facility. Staff shall be instructed in its use.
The licensee shall demonstrate that the facility has passed an annual fire safety inspection acceptable to the licensing agency.
DCF 59.06 Note
Note: The licensing agency is the Department of Children and Families.
All interior doors shall be openable from both sides in case of emergency.
All exterior doors shall be openable from the inside at all times without the use of a key.
Tubs and showers shall have safety strips applied or other provisions shall be made to prevent slipping.
Stairways, halls and aisles shall be maintained in good repair, adequately lighted and free from obstacles.
Each stairway shall be provided with a handrail and steps shall have a non-slip surface.
Each facility shall have a written plan on file which specifies action and procedures for meeting emergency situations including serious illness, severe weather and missing children.
DCF 59.06 History
Cr. Register, June, 1978, No. 270
, eff. 7-1-78; renum. from PW-CY 45.05, Register, December, 1982, No. 324
, eff. 1-1-83; r. and recr. (19) (d), Register, October, 1988, No. 394
, eff, 11-1-88; emerg. renum. (1) to (20) to be (2) to (21) and am. (8) (b) and (20) (d) (intro.) and 2., cr. (1), (4) (c), (7) (c), (8) (d), (10) (g) and (20) (dm), eff. 12-1-93; renum. (1) to (20) to be (2) to (21) and am. (5) (j), (k), (20) (d) (intro.), 2., cr. (1), (4) (c), (7) (c), (8) (d), (10) (g), (20) (dm), Register, September, 1994, No. 465
, eff. 10-1-94.
A licensee shall maintain a record for each child in the shelter care facility. The record shall contain all of the following:
A form prescribed by the department that is completed with specified information about the child.
For a child placed in the shelter care facility, all of the following:
The forms required under ch. DCF 37
. The licensee shall share with the child's placing agency new and updated information required on the forms that the licensee becomes aware of while the child is placed in the facility.
DCF 59.07 Note
The form required under subd. 1. is DCF-F-CFS2389-E, Shelter Care Face Sheet.
The forms required under subd. 2. a. and ch. DCF 37
are DCF-F-872A-E, Information for Out-of-Home Care Providers, Part A
DCF-F-872B-E, Information for Out-of-Home Care Providers, Part B.
The form required under subd. 2. b. is
DCF-F-5124-E, Reasonable and Prudent Parent Decision Record.
These forms are available in the forms section of the department website at http://dcf.wisconsin.gov
or by writing the Division of Safety and Permanence, P.O. Box 8916, Madison, WI 53708−8916.
For each child placed in a hold-over room, the hold-over room licensee shall maintain on file a completed copy of Wisconsin department of justice form JI-03, Temporary Physical Custody Request.
DCF 59.07 Note
The department of justice form JD-1710, Temporary Physical Custody Request may be obtained by writing or telephoning any field office listed in Appendix A or from the Wisconsin Circuit Court website at https://www.wicourts.gov/forms1/circuit/index.htm
Shelter care facility staff and volunteers shall maintain in a locked file and in confidence all information and records on children. Children shall have the right to examine their own records.
At the request of the department, a shelter care facility shall make available for inspection all records on children received by it.
Records shall be held only until the child's 21st birthday and then destroyed, except that a permanent register shall be kept listing the names of the children received for care and the dates of their admission and release.
(4) Responsibility to the department and the superintendent.
The licensee shall report to the department and the superintendent of shelter care as soon as possible:
The death of any child in care or any serious illness or injury suffered by a child.
Any fire on the premises which required the services of the fire department.
Any intention to terminate the shelter care facility. Notification shall be at least 30 days in advance of the termination.
Any change in the name of the unit supervisor of any shelter care facility, or a change in the name of the executive, or chairperson of the board, or any change in the corporate structure of a corporation operating a shelter care facility.
DCF 59.07 History
Cr. Register, June, 1978, No. 270
, eff. 7-1-7; renum. from PW-CY 45.06, Register, December, 1982, No. 324
, eff. 1-1-83; emerg. r. and recr. (1), eff. 12-1-93; r. and recr. (1), am. (3) (a), Register, September, 1994, No. 465
, eff. 10-1-94; correction in (4) (d) made under s. 13.93 (2m) (b) 5., Stats., Register, September, 1994, No 465
; correction in (1) (a) 13. made under s. 13.92 (4) (b) 7., Stats., Register November 2008 No. 635
: emerg. r. and recr. (1) (a), eff. 11-18-16; CR 16-051
: r. and recr. (1) (a) Register July 2017 No. 739
, eff. 8-1-17.
DCF 59.08 License denial or revocation. DCF 59.08(1)(1)
The department may deny, revoke or suspend a license, initiate other enforcement actions specified in this chapter or in ch. 48, Stats.
, or place conditions on a license if the applicant or licensee, a proposed or current employee, a volunteer or any other person having regular contact with the children, has or has been any of the following:
The subject of a pending criminal charge for an action that substantially relates to the care of children or activities of the facility.
Convicted of a felony, misdemeanor or other offense that substantially relates to the care of children or activities of the facility.
Determined to have abused or neglected a child pursuant to s. 48.981
, Stats., or has been determined to have committed an offense which substantially relates to the care of children or the activities of the facility.
The subject of a substantiated finding of misconduct in the department's nurse aide registry under s. DHS 129.10
The subject of a court finding that the person has abandoned his or her child, or has inflicted physical abuse or neglect on the child.
Had a child welfare agency, group home or shelter care facility license revoked or denied within the last 5 years.
Violated any provision of this chapter or ch. 48, Stats.
, or fails to meet the minimum requirements of this chapter.
Any person aggrieved by the department's decision to deny a license or to revoke a license may request a hearing on the decision under s. 227.42
The request for a hearing shall be in writing and shall be filed with the department of administration's division of hearings and appeals within 10 days after the date on the notice of the department's refusal or failure to issue, renew, or continue a license or the department's action taken under s. 48.715
DCF 59.08 Note
Note: A request for a hearing may be mailed to Division of Hearings and Appeals, P.O. Box 7875, Madison, WI 53707-7875 or faxed to (608) 264-9885. A copy of the request should be sent to the appropriate field office listed in Appendix A.
DCF 59.08 History
History: CR 04-040
: cr. Register December 2004 No. 588
, eff. 1-1-05; correction in (4) made under s. 13.92 (4) (b) 7.
, Stats., Register November 2008 No. 635
: emerg. renum. DCF 59.08 to (1), cr. (1) (title), (2), eff. 11-18-16; CR 16-051
: renum. DCF 59.08 to (1), cr. (1) (title), (2) Register July 2017 No. 739
, eff. 8-1-17.