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Admission Criteria

Recipients of Intensive In-Home (IIH) Services must have the functional capability to understand and benefit from the required activities and counseling of this service. These services are rehabilitative and are intended to improve the client's functioning. It is unlikely that individuals with severe cognitive and developmental delays/impairments would clinically benefit and meet the service eligibility criteria. Individuals must demonstrate a clinical necessity arising from a severe condition due to mental, behavioral, or emotional illness that results in significant functional impairments in major life activities. Individuals must meet at least two of the following criteria on a continuing or intermittent basis: 

  1. Have difficulty in establishing or maintaining normal interpersonal relationships to such a degree that they are at risk of hospitalization or out-of-home placement because of conflicts with family or community; and/or
  2. Exhibit such inappropriate behavior that repeated interventions by the mental health, social services, or judicial system are necessary; and/or
  3. Exhibit difficulty in cognitive ability such that they are unable to recognize personal danger or recognize significantly inappropriate social behavior. Services shall be used when out-of-home placement, due to the clinical needs of the child, is a risk and either:
  • Services that are far more intensive than outpatient clinic care are required tostabilize the child in the family situation; or
  • The child's residence, as the setting for services, is more likely to be successful than a clinic.

**With respect to both 1 and 2, the IIH assessment must describe how services in the child's residence are more likely to be successful than an outpatient clinic.