Department of Health, Wisconsin

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The Department of Health Services is an agency in Wisconsin.

The purpose of the Department of Health Services (DHS) is to protect and promote the health and safety of Wisconsinites through health programs and services.[1] Divisions within the department include the Division of Healthcare Access and Accountability, the Division of Long Term Care, the Division of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, and the Division of Public Health.[2]


Funds Amount
Adjusted Base Year $8,129,035,600
Changes to Base $1,068,455,600
Total 1st Year $9,197,491,200
Adjusted Base Year $8,129,035,600
Changes to Base $1,367,633,000
Total 2nd Year $9,496,668,600


The DHS administers the State's Medicaid program and its BadgerCare Plus health insurance program, which provides health insurance coverage for qualifying individuals.[4] Enrollment in the programs increased by 12% in fiscal year 2009 and by 13.7% in fiscal year 2010. The Department anticipates that per person cost of Medicaid will decline by 9% between fiscal year 2008 and fiscal year 2011.[3]

The Department also administers the State's Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program, which supplies supplemental nutrition and nutrition and breastfeeding education to nutritionally at-risk pregnant, breastfeeding and postpartum women, infants and children. The program also provides referrals to other health and nutrition services.[5]


The Department's 2009-2011 Workforce Plan and its 2007-2009 Biennial Report, as well as budget documents, are available on the website.[2]

Public Records Request procedures are provided on the website.[6]

Administrators are listed with contact information.[7]

Salary information for DHS leaders is not disclosed.

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