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55 Pa. Code § 4210.101. Services provided by a base service unit.


§ 4210.101. Services provided by a base service unit.

 (a)  All intake into the county program shall be through the base service unit. Within 15 days of the initial interview, if the client is found in need of services from the county program, the Intake and Proposed Service Plan, Form MH/ID 10, is completed and forwarded in two copies to the administrator.

 (b)  When recommending treatment, a base service unit develops a service plan best suited to the needs of the patient and the available service resources. The base service unit classifies the patient’s mental disability to reflect the severity of his functional disorder and priority for intervention according to the Intervention Priority Scale in §  4210.191 (relating to description).

 (c)  If service is to be provided by the base service unit, the Intake and Proposed Service Plan, Form MH/ID 10, serves only to inform the administrator that intake has taken place and what is planned for the patient. No additional approval is necessary for the base service unit to proceed with its proposed service plan. In addition this form provides the basic information necessary for the patient service accountability system described in §  4210.121 (relating to patient service accountability system).

 (d)  If the recommendation of the base service unit on Form MH/ID 10 is for a service to be provided by a facility already under contract to the local authorities, the base service unit shall make arrangements directly with the facility to provide the services required by the patient.

 (e)  If the recommendation of the base service unit on Form MH/ID 10 is to arrange for supplemental services, the administrator uses Form MH/ID 10 as his basis for issuing an Authorization for Service, Form MH/ID 11. This authorization for service shall constitute a contract as described in §  4210.26(c) (relating to methods of providing base service units).

 (f)  In those instances where the patient is already under care by other than a base service unit and is referred for intake into the county program, arrangements should be made, whenever possible and indicated, for him to continue this treatment with the referring practitioner or facility to maintain continuity of care. The base service unit requests the administrator’s authorization of this proposed service plan.

 (g)  If any portion of the cost of the patient’s care under the proposed service plan is to be paid from funds of the county program, the administrator’s decision is governed by the availability of funds and the requests for services to other patients. The administrator is guided in his decision by the base service unit’s classification of the patient’s mental disability according to the intervention priority scale. When the funds available do not permit the carrying out of the proposed service plan in relation to other demands, the administrator notes this on the Intake and Proposed Service Plan, Form MH/ID 10, and requests the base service unit to work out an alternate service plan if indicated and necessary.


   The provisions of this §  4210.101 amended under sections 201(2) and (8) and 202 of the Mental Health and Intellectual Disability Act of 1966 (50 P.S. § §  4201(2) and (8) and 4202).


   The provisions of this §  4210.101 amended June 17, 2016, effective June 18, 2016, 46 Pa.B. 3177. Immediately preceding text appears at serial pages (288959) to (288960).

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