Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Medical Assistance Services
Board of Medical Assistance Services
Amount, Duration, and Scope of Medical and Remedial Care and Services [12 VAC 30 ‑ 50]
Action Mental Health Skill-building Services
Stage Proposed
Comment Period Ended on 10/23/2015
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10/7/15  2:44 pm
Commenter: Kelly Eanes

Higher level of care

Concerning the regulation change allowing non-residential crisis stabilization to be considered as a higher level of care in consideration of MHSS eligibility criteria, I wholeheartedly support this change. Most individuals are unaware that the services provided in a non-residential CSS program are significantly the same as the services provided in a residential CSS.program. Also, non-residential CSS is much more available and attainable for clients in our area, due to only having one residential CSS that they can access. Criteria to be admitted into that specific residential CSS is also strict due to the program being voluntary and screening for a client's risk of flight. Also, clients with substantial medical problems are denied admission to residential CSS. As a result, the client has to access non-residential CSS to stabilize. These clients that are denied admission to residential CSS, due to circumstances beyond their control, should not be excluded from being able to access MHSS. Especially when it is the same service being provided, just in a different setting.

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