Screening for Mental Illness in Nursing Homes
screening and resident review (PASRR) programs may help
identify people with serious mental illness, according
to recent findings in a new report from SAMHSA's Center
for Mental Health Services.
The report is called PASRR
Screening for Mental Illness in Nursing Facility Applicants
Medicaid regulations require states to maintain a PASRR
program to screen nursing facility applicants and residents
for mental retardation and serious mental illness in
order to ensure that they are placed in the most appropriate
setting and have access to specialized mental health
services where suitable.
PASRR programs assess, through progressive screening,
whether applicants have a mental illness and if the nursing
facility is an appropriate placement.
The Level I test screens for potential mental illness.
All who test "positive" must receive a more
in-depth screen, Level II, which more accurately identifies
the mental illness and assesses whether individuals need
specialized services and nursing facility level of care.
The report is available from SAMHSA's National Mental
Health Information Center. Telephone: 1 (800) 789-2647
or 1 (866) 889-2647 TDD.
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