Mental health skill-building services (MHSS) shall be defined as goal
directed training and supports to enable restoration of an individual
to the highest level of baseline functioning and achieve and maintain
community stability and independence in the most appropriate,
least restrictive environment. MHSS services shall provide face to
face activities, instruction, interventions, and goal directed trainings
that are designed to restore functioning and that are defined in the
ISP in order to be reimbursed by Medicaid. MHSS shall include goal
directed training in the following areas: (i) functional skills and
appropriate behavior related to the individual’s health and safety;
instrumental activities of daily living, and use of community
resources; (ii) assistance with medication management; and (iii)
monitoring health, nutrition, and physical condition with goals
towards self-monitoring and self-regulation of all of these
Individuals qualifying for MHSS must demonstrate a clinical necessity for the service arising from a condition due to mental, behavioral, or emotional illness that results in significant functional impairments in major life activities. Individuals age 21 and over shall meet all of the following criteria in order to be eligible to receive MHSS:
A. The individual shall have one of the following as a primary mental health diagnosis:
B. The individual shall require individualized goal directed training in order to acquire or maintain self-regulation of basic living skills such, as symptom management; adherence to psychiatric and physical health medication treatment plans; appropriate use of social skills and personal support system; skills to manage personal hygiene, food preparation, and the maintenance of personal adequate nutrition; money management; and use of community resources.
C. The individual shall have a prior history of any of the following: (i) psychiatric hospitalization; (ii) either residential or non-residential crisis stabilization, (iii) ICT or Program of Assertive Community Treatment (PACT) services; (iv) placement in a psychiatric residential treatment facility as a result of decompensation related to the individual’s serious mental illness; or (v) a temporary detention order (TDO) evaluation pursuant to the Code of Virginia §37.2-809(B). This criterion shall be met in order to be initially admitted to services, and not for subsequent authorizations of service. Discharge summaries from prior providers that clearly indicate (i) the type
of treatment provided, (ii) the dates of the treatment previously provided, and (iii) the name of treatment provider shall be sufficient to meet this requirement. Family member statements shall not suffice to meet this requirement.
D. The individual shall have had a prescription for antipsychotic, mood stabilizing, or antidepressant medications within the 12 months prior to the SSPI. If a physician or other practitioner who is authorized by his license to prescribe medications indicates that anti-psychotic, mood stabilizing, or antidepressant medications are medically contraindicated for the individual, the provider shall obtain medical records signed by the physician or other licensed prescriber detailing the contraindication. This documentation shall be maintained in the individual’s MHSS record, and the provider shall document and describe how the individual will be able to actively participate in and benefit from services without the assistance of medication. This criterion shall be met upon admission to services, and not for subsequent authorizations of service.
Discharge summaries from prior providers that clearly indicate (i) the type of treatment provided, including psychiatric medication history, (ii) the dates of the treatment previously provided, and (iii) the name of treatment provider shall be sufficient to meet this requirement. Family member statements shall not suffice to meet this requirement.