In Wisconsin, the administrator of a community based residential facility (CBRF) must demonstrate they’re qualified in some specific ways. DHS 83 is the administrative code that includes the regulations for CBRFs, and section 83.15 has the qualifications for administrators.
This post summarizes the highlights of DHS 83.15. Be sure to read the actual code for the details.
First, the administrator has to be at least 21 years old and show they are capable of responding to residents’ needs and managing the CBRF.
Second, the administrator needs to demonstrate their qualification through education and/or work experience in one of several ways, including:
- An associate degree or higher from an accredited college in a health care related field, or
- A bachelor’s degree in another field and one year experience working in health care with direct resident contact, or
- A bachelor’s degree in another field and successful completion of an approved assisted living administrator’s course (let us know if you’re looking for a course), or
- At least two years experience and successful completion of the administrator’s course, or
- A valid nursing home administrator’s license.
If you were a CBRF administrator of record on April 1, 2009 (when these regs went into effect), you may be exempt from the requirements above.
Again, read the actual code to make sure you’re qualified to be an administrator.
- The administrator supervises the daily operation of the CBRF, including things like resident care, staffing, finances and the facility itself. The administrator must supervise their team to make sure residents are care for in the right way.
- The administrator is responsible for training their staff and ensuring that staff is competent.
- The administrator needs to place a qualified staff person in charge of the CBRF, whenever the administrator needs to be away.
One more time: read all of DHS 83 and 83.15 for yourself. This post is just a summary and shouldn’t be relied on to give you the full picture of your requirements and responsibilities as a CBRF administrator.