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Qualified Residential Treatment Programs (QRTP)

What is a Qualified Residential Treatment Program (QRTP) certification?

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. 

What are the requirements for a QRTP?

A QRTP is a treatment setting that:

  • Has a trauma-informed treatment model designed to address serious emotional or behavioral struggles;

  • Has registered or licensed nursing staff and other licensed clinical staff who can provide care to youth 24/7;

  • Facilitates family participation in their youth’s treatment program;

  • Facilitates and documents family outreach;

  • Documents how the youth’s family is integrated into the youth’s treatment, including post-discharge and sibling connections;

  • Provides discharge planning and family-based aftercare services for at least six months after they complete treatment;

  • Is licensed and nationally accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF), the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO), the Council on Accreditation (COA), Educational Assessment Guidelines Leaning towards Excellence (EAGLE) or others approved by the Children’s Bureau.

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