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About RSA-WI


The Residential Services Association of Wisconsin (RSA Wisconsin) is a not-for-profit membership and service organization comprised of operators of all community living arrangements and interested agencies and citizens throughout the State of Wisconsin.


It is the philosophy of RSA Wisconsin to encourage and endorse the provision of quality services in a homelike setting to individuals in need of transitional services, to aid them in achieving the maximum level of independent living possible.


The purpose of RSA Wisconsin is to provide a forum for the exchange of ideas and problems related to residential treatment and care, to identify common areas of concern, and to pool our resources and expertise toward the resolution of these problems.  Additionally, RSA Wisconsin provides training and education to meet the needs of operators and their employees in administering and implementing residential programs.


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RSA Wisconsin was first organized in the early 1960's as the Wisconsin Association of Residential Facilities (WARF) by the early pioneers of Wisconsin's halfway house movement, who were in need of a network of residential program professionals with whom to share ideas, common concerns, and problems.  In 1967 the organization was incorporated;  its first office was established in La Crosse in 1977.  Currently RSA Wisconsin is located in Milwaukee.


RSA Wisconsin is governed by an elected Board of Directors representing various service target groups throughout the State.  Board members are nominated from the membership.  The Board is comprised of a President,  Vice-president, Secretary, Treasurer, Past President and represents the following service areas:  alcohol and other drug abuse, mental health, elderly, community corrections, children's group homes, and developmentally disabled.


Annual Convention: A yearly three-day convention representing a broad spectrum of educational events including lectures, workshops and exhibits.  This convention is attended by over 200 CBRF operators, managers and their employees. 
Trainings and Workshops: RSA Wisconsin conducts training seminars and workshops for and about topics of interest to CBRF operators and their employees.  Recent topics have included training for CBRF managers and discussions on licensing issues. These seminars are designed to meet the training requirements of the state of Wisconsin.


Legislative and regulatory  monitoring is provided by RSA Wisconsin's public affairs and legal counsel.  When appropriate, RSA Wisconsin will provide assistance in addressing legislative and regulatory issues of concern to all CBRF operators by attending hearings,  reviewing proposed legislation or regulations and providing information to members on a regular basis.


RSA Wisconsin is dedicated to striving for quality within its membership.  To that end, all members of RSA are asked to sign a copy of the Code of Ethics and The Commitment to Residents indicating their agreement with these principles. PDF Copies of these documents can be viewed below by clicking on the related links.

Click here to view the Code of Ethics        Click here to view the Commitment to Residents