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Title 18 : Health

Chapter 174 : Mental Health System of Care

(Cite as: 18 V.S.A. § 7252)
  • § 7252. Definitions

    As used in this chapter:

    (1) “Adult outpatient services” means flexible services responsive to individuals’ preferences, needs, and values that are necessary to stabilize, restore, or improve the level of social functioning and well-being of individuals with a mental condition, including individual and group treatment, medication management, psychosocial rehabilitation, and case management services.

    (2) “Designated agency” means a designated community mental health and developmental disability agency as described in subsection 8907(a) of this title.

    (3) “Designated area” means the counties, cities, or towns identified by the Department of Mental Health that are served by a designated agency.

    (4) “Enhanced programming” means targeted, structured, and specific intensive mental health treatment and psychosocial rehabilitation services for individuals in individualized or group settings.

    (5) “Intensive residential recovery facility” means a licensed program under contract with the Department of Mental Health that provides a safe, therapeutic, recovery-oriented residential environment to care for individuals with one or more mental conditions or psychiatric disabilities who need intensive clinical interventions to facilitate recovery in anticipation of returning to the community. This facility shall be for individuals not in need of acute inpatient care and for whom the facility is the least restrictive and most integrated setting.

    (6) “Mobile support team” means professional and peer support providers who are able to respond to an individual where he or she is located during a crisis situation.

    (7) “Noncategorical case management” means service planning and support activities provided for adults by a qualified mental health provider, regardless of program eligibility criteria or insurance limitations.

    (8) “No refusal system” means a system of hospitals and intensive residential recovery facilities under contract with the Department of Mental Health that provides high-intensity services, in which the facilities shall admit any individual for care if the individual meets the eligibility criteria established by the Commissioner in contract.

    (9) “Participating hospital” means a hospital under contract with the Department of Mental Health to participate in the no refusal system.

    (10), (11) [Repealed.]

    (12) “Psychosocial rehabilitation” means a range of social, educational, occupational, behavioral, and cognitive interventions for increasing the role performance and enhancing the recovery of individuals with a serious mental condition or psychiatric disability, including services that foster long-term recovery and self-sufficiency.

    (13) “Recovery-oriented” means a system or services that emphasize the process of change through which individuals improve their health and wellness, live a self-directed life, and strive to reach their full potential.

    (14) “Serious bodily injury” means the same as in section 1912 of this title.

    (15) “Warm line” means a nonemergency telephone response line operated by trained peers for the purpose of active listening and assistance with problem-solving for persons in need of such support. (Added 2011, No. 79 (Adj. Sess.), § 1a, eff. April 4, 2012; amended 2013, No. 96 (Adj. Sess.), § 101; 2013, No. 192 (Adj. Sess.), § 1a.)