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55 Pa. Code § 6210.63. Diagnosis of an intellectual disability.

§ 6210.63. Diagnosis of an intellectual disability.

 The facility shall document the applicant’s or recipient’s diagnosis of an intellectual disability by meeting the following requirements:

   (1)  A licensed psychologist, certified school psychologist or a licensed physician who practices psychiatry shall certify that the applicant or recipient has significantly subaverage intellectual functioning which is documented by one of the following:

     (i)   Performance that is more than two standard deviations below the mean as measurable on a standardized general intelligence test.

     (ii)   Performance that is slightly higher than two standard deviations below the mean of a standardized general intelligence test during a period when the person manifests serious impairments of adaptive behavior.

   (2)  A qualified intellectual disability professional as defined in 42 CFR 483.430 (relating to condition of participation: facility staffing) shall certify that the applicant or recipient has impairments in adaptive behavior as provided by a standardized assessment of adaptive functioning which shows that the applicant or recipient has one of the following:

     (i)   Significant limitations in meeting the standards of maturation, learning, personal independence or social responsibility of his age and cultural group.

     (ii)   Substantial functional limitation in three or more of the following areas of major life activity:

       (A)   Self-care.

       (B)   Receptive and expressive language.

       (C)   Learning.

       (D)   Mobility.

       (E)   Self-direction.

       (F)   Capacity for independent living.

       (G)   Economic self-sufficiency.

   (3)  It has been certified that documentation to substantiate that the applicant’s or recipient’s conditions were manifest before the applicant’s or recipient’s 22nd birthday, as established in section 102 of the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act (42 U.S.C.A. §  6001) (Repealed).


   The provisions of this §  6210.63 amended under section 443.1(2) and (3) of the Human Services Code (62 P.S. §  443.1(2) and (3)).


   The provisions of this §  6210.63 amended June 17, 2016, effective June 18, 2016, 46 Pa.B. 3177. Immediately preceding text appears at serial pages (276203) to (276204).

Cross References

   This section cited in 55 Pa. Code §  6210.2 (relating to applicability).

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