Community Services Programs

Mental Health Agency Licensing Standards; Definitions

 

AMHI Consent Decree
The Settlement Agreement, signed in July 1990, that represents the resolution of a fifteen count complaint arising from conditions at the Augusta Mental Health Institute.
  
Assessment
The process of evaluating an individual's strengths and service needs.
  
Client
An individual who uses licensed services.
  
Commissioner
The Commissioner of the Department of Behavioral and Developmental Services for the State of Maine.
  
Community support services
Services designed to promote the mental health and community integration of people in the setting and community of their choice.
  
Controlled drugs
Schedule II and narcotic drugs.
  
Crisis
A situation or condition that has a high probability of leading to an emergency if left unaddressed.
  
Crisis intervention
A service designed to address crises.
  
Crisis residential services
A residential service designed to provide temporary shelter and respite for individuals experiencing crisis.
  
Discharge Summary
See transfer summary.
  
Division
The Division of Licensing of Maine's Department of Behavioral and Developmental Services.
  
Emergency
A situation in which a person is dangerous to him/herself or others or at imminent risk of severe physical injury or mental deterioration to the point where they cannot care for themselves.
  
Family
Biological or legal family members or persons that the client define as family members.
  
Governing body
An assembly of persons that is legally constituted to oversee the operation of an organization. This assembly is often said to have fiduciary duties to the organization. Fiduciary duties encompass two basic legal obligations: the duty of care; and the duty of loyalty.
  
Home-based services
Services designed to be delivered in a person's home.
  
Informed consent
Consent, preferably in writing, obtained from a client for a specific procedure. Elements of a valid informed consent include the following: the diagnosis, the nature and purpose of the procedure(s) for which consent is sought, all material risks and consequences of the procedure(s), an assessment of the likelihood that the procedure(s) will accomplish the desired objective(s), any reasonably feasible alternatives for treatment, with the same supporting information as is required regarding the proposed procedure(s), and the prognosis if no treatment is provided.
  
Inpatient services
Twenty-four hour, residential, hospital-based services.
  
Initiation of service
The point at which the client and provider agree on and deliver services.
  
Least restrictive alternative
The least intrusive service or treatment that can effectively and safely address the client's needs and stated preferences.
  
Legally responsible party
An adult client, or guardian of an adult ward, or a legally emancipated minor, or the legally responsible parent, guardian, or custodian of a minor, or other parties identified by applicable laws governing legal consents.
  
Occurrence report
A written document that reflects an occurrence, unusual problem, incident, deviation from standard practice, or situation that requires follow-up action.
  
Outpatient services
Services delivered in non-residential settings.
  
Personnel record
Files that commonly contain information related to employee, volunteer or student employment status, job performance and benefits.
  
Quality management
Management processes designed to improve the quality of care or services within an organization.
  
Residential services
Services delivered in a structured residence other than the client's home or a hospital.
  
Screening
A process for determining a client's eligibility for service.
  
Supervision
Guidance and/or direction provided either administratively or clinically.
  
Transfer summary
A brief description of the client's course of treatment or service that also contains recommendations for further treatment and/or service.
  
Transition services
Services designed to facilitate an individual's transition from one service, setting, or provider to another.