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317:30-5-95.29.Medical necessity criteria for admission - psychiatric residential treatment for children
[Revised 09-12-14]

(a) Psychiatric Residential Treatment facility admissions for children must meet the terms and conditions in (1), (2), (3), (4), (6) and one of (5)(A) through (5)(D) of this subsection.

(1) A primary diagnosis from the most recent edition of "The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders" (DSM) with the exception of V-codes, adjustment disorders, and substance related disorders, accompanied by detailed symptoms supporting the diagnosis. Children 18-20 years of age may have a diagnosis of any personality disorder. Adjustment or substance related disorders may be a secondary diagnosis.

(2) Conditions are directly attributed to a mental disorder as the primary reason for professional attention (this does not include placement issues, criminal behavior or status offenses).

(3) Patient has either received treatment in an acute care setting or it has been determined by the OHCA designated agent that the current disabling symptoms could not or have not been manageable in a less intensive treatment program.

(4) Child must be medically stable.

(5) Within the past 14 calendar days, the patient has demonstrated an escalating pattern of self-injurious or assaultive behaviors as evidenced by any of (A) through (D) below. Exceptions to the 14 day requirement may be made in instances when evidence of the behavior could not have reasonably been discovered within 14 days (e.g., sexual offenses).

(A) Suicidal ideation and/or threat.

(B) History of or current self-injurious behavior.

(C) Serious threats or evidence of physical aggression.

(D) Current incapacitating psychosis or depression.

(6) Requires 24-hour observation and treatment as evidenced by:

(A) Intensive behavioral management.

(B) Intensive treatment with the family/guardian and child in a structured milieu.

(C) Intensive treatment in preparation for re-entry into community.

(b) Community Based Transitional Residential Treatment (CBT) facility admissions for children must meet the terms and conditions in (1) through (6) of this subsection.

(1) A primary diagnosis from the most recent edition of the DSM with the exception of V-codes, adjustment disorders, and substance related disorders, accompanied by detailed symptoms supporting the diagnosis. Children 18-20 years of age may have a diagnosis of any personality disorder.

(2) Conditions are directly attributed to a mental disorder as the primary reason for professional attention (this does not include placement issues, criminal behavioral or status offenses).

(3) Patient has either received treatment in an acute, RTC or children's crisis unit care setting or it has been determined by OHCA or its designated agent that the current disabling symptoms could not or have not been manageable in a less intensive treatment program.

(A) Patient must have tried and failed a lower level of care or is stepping down from a higher level of care.

(B) Clinical documentation must support need for CBT, rather than facility based crisis stabilization, therapeutic foster care, or intensive outpatient services.

(C) There is clear evidence to support a reasonable expectation that stepping down to a lower level of care would result in rapid and marked deterioration of functioning in at least 2 of the 5 critical areas, listed below, placing the member at risk of need for acute stabilization/inpatient care.

(i) Personal safety.

(ii) Cognitive functioning.

(iii) Family relations.

(iv) Interpersonal relations.

(v) Educational/vocational performance.

(4) Child must be medically stable and not require 24 hour on-site nursing or medical care.

(5) Within the past 14 calendar days, the patient must have demonstrated an escalating pattern of self-injurious or assaultive behavior as evidenced by any of (a)(5)(A) through (D) above. Exceptions to the 14 day requirement may be made in instances when evidence of the behavior could not have reasonably been discovered within 14 days (e.g., sexual offenses).

(6)Within the past 14 calendar days, the patient's behaviors have created significant
   functional impairment.

Disclaimer. The OHCA rules found on this Web site are unofficial. The official rules are published by the Oklahoma Secretary of State Office of Administrative Rules as Title 317 of the Oklahoma Administrative Code. To order an official copy of these rules, contact the Office of Administrative Rules at (405) 521-4911.