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Library: Policy

317:30-5-751. Coverage by category

Revised 9-14-20

(a) Adults.  Behavioral health services in ITFC settings are not covered for adults.

(b) Children.  Behavioral health services are allowed in ITFC settings for children under twenty-one (21) as medically necessary. Members receiving services in this setting have severe behavioral and emotional health needs and may also present a secondary physical, developmental, intellectual, and/or social disorder that is supported alongside the mental health needs. ITFC homes provide the higher level of care needed for these children and help prevent placement in an inpatient or more restrictive setting. The designated members must continually meet medical necessity criteria to be eligible for coverage in this setting. Requests for behavioral health services in an ITFC setting must be prior authorized and may be approved up to a maximum of three (3) month extensions.

(c) Medical necessity criteria.  In order to satisfy medical necessity criteria, all of the following conditions must be met:

(1) The member must have a diagnosis from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-V), with the exception of V codes and adjustment disorders, with a detailed description of the symptoms supporting the diagnosis. Members with a provisional diagnosis may receive ITFC services for a maximum of thirty (30) days.

(2) An assessment must be completed by a licensed behavioral health professional (LBHP) as defined in Oklahoma Administrative Code (OAC) 317:30-5-240.3(a) within the thirty (30) day provisional period described above, that confirms a diagnosis from the DSM-V with the exception of V codes and adjustments disorders, and that includes a detailed description of the symptoms supporting the diagnosis to continue treatment in an ITFC setting.

(3) Conditions are directly attributed to a primary medical diagnosis of a severe behavioral and emotional health need, and may also be attributed to a secondary medical diagnosis of a physical, developmental, intellectual and/or social disorder that is supported alongside the mental health needs.

(4) The current disabling symptoms could not have been/have not been manageable in a less intensive treatment program, or the level of care is warranted in order to reduce the risk of regression of symptoms and/or sustain the gains made at a higher level of care.

(5) Evidence that the members' needs prohibit full integration in a family/home setting without the availability of twenty-four (24) hour crisis response/behavior management and intensive clinical interventions from professional staff, preventing the member from living in a traditional or therapeutic foster home.

(6) The member is medically stable and not actively suicidal or homicidal and not in need of substance abuse detoxification services.

(7) The legal guardian [Oklahoma Department of Human Services (OKDHS)/ Oklahoma Office of Juvenile Affairs (OJA) if custody member] or parent of the member agrees to actively participate in the member's treatment needs and planning.

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