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55 Pa. Code § 4210.191. Description.


§ 4210.191. Description.

 The base service unit classifies the patient’s mental disability to reflect the severity of his functional disorders and priority for intervention. This is noted on I, II, III or IV on Intake and Proposed Service Plan, Form MH/ID 10, under the following Intervention Priority Scale:

   (1)  The patient is in need of specialized care due to an urgent mental disability requiring immediate intervention because:

     (i)   He is potentially harmful to others (assaultive, homicidal);

     (ii)   He is potentially harmful to himself (self-destructive, suicidal); or

     (iii)   He is socially endangering himself or others (addiction to drugs or alcohol, sexual acting out, promoting or contributing to the delinquency of others, creating a public disturbance, inability to furnish self-care).

   (2)  The patient is in need of specialized care due to a grave mental disability, not necessarily requiring immediate intervention for the reasons specified in paragraph (1), but which seriously disrupts his ability to function.

   (3)  The patient is in need of specialized care due to a crisis situation which suggests a variable degree of urgency. This may include but is not limited to:

     (i)   The family is actively harmful to the patient;

     (ii)   There is no family or the family is inadequate which poses problems of placement;

     (iii)   The family members are unaccepting of a mental disability; or

     (iv)   Other members of the family have a health impairment or mental disability.

   (4)  The patient is in need of specialized care because of an adjustment problem which may need long term attention but does not require immediate intervention—vocational dislodgement or conflict, separation requested by a school or other adjustment problems.


   The provisions of this §  4210.191 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 §  4210.191 amended June 17, 2016, effective June 18, 2016, 46 Pa.B. 3177. Immediately preceding text appears at serial page (211827).

Cross References

   This section cited in 55 Pa. Code §  4210.24 (relating to responsibility of base service units for evaluation of parolees under the jurisdiction of the Board of Probation and Parole); and 55 Pa. Code §  4210.101 (relating to services provided by a base service unit).

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