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317:30-5-95.25. Medical necessity criteria for acute psychiatric admissions for children

Revised 7-1-13

     Acute psychiatric admissions for children must meet the terms or conditions contained in (1), (2), (3), (4) and one of (5)(A) to (5)(D), and one of (6)(A) to (6)(C) of this subsection.

  • (1) An Axis I 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 a detailed description of the symptoms supporting the diagnosis.  In lieu of a qualifying Axis I diagnosis, children 18-21 years of age may have an Axis II diagnosis of any personality disorder.

  • (2) Conditions are directly attributable to a psychiatric disorder as the primary need for professional attention (this does not include placement issues, criminal behavior, status offenses).  Adjustment or substance related disorder may be a secondary Axis I diagnosis.

  • (3) It has been determined by the OHCA designated agent that the current disabling symptoms could not have been managed or have not been manageable in a lesser intensive treatment program.

  • (4) Child must be medically stable.

  • (5) Within the past 48 hours, the behaviors present an imminent life threatening emergency such as evidenced by:

    • (A) Specifically described suicide attempts, suicide intent, or serious threat by the patient.

    • (B) Specifically described patterns of escalating incidents of self-mutilating behaviors.

    • (C) Specifically described episodes of unprovoked significant physical aggression and patterns of escalating physical aggression in intensity and duration.

    • (D) Specifically described episodes of incapacitating depression or psychosis that result in an inability to function or care for basic needs.

  • (6) Requires secure 24-hour nursing/medical supervision as evidenced by:

    • (A) Stabilization of acute psychiatric symptoms.

    • (B) Needs extensive treatment under physician direction.

    • (C) Physiological evidence or expectation of withdrawal symptoms which require 24-hour medical supervision.

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