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Specialized Services, which typically exceed the typical services provided by nursing facilities, address specific service needs related to a person’s mental illness and/or intellectual disability or related condition. The need for these services is individualized and identified in the Level II evaluation. The state is responsible for providing or arranging the necessary Specialized Services identified in this evaluation. This section contains resources on Specialized Services for state PASRR programs.

PTAC also hosts a bi-monthly Specialized Services Office Hours. Click here to learn more. 

This webinar will help attendees understand PASRR’s role in providing mental health care services and the role of participants’ engagement in their care. Attendees will learn about 1) the PASRR Technical Assistance Center’s prior work and materials regarding mental health issues, 2) the federal requirements, 3) PASRR’s role for individuals with mental health conditions, including the development of person-centered plans, 4) PASRR’s connection to current state initiatives, and 4) specialized services add-ons for mental health.

PASRR: The Door to Mental Health Continuity of Care and Engagement in Care

Webinar

This webinar will initially highlight the important role of Specialized Services in the PASRR process, with references to Subpart B and C regulatory requirements for Long Term Care Facilities and PASRR, and review of related guidance in FAQs on the subject. The webinar will then shift to facilitated panel discussion with up to five states that are providing Specialized Services. The states will be selected from those who have actively participated in the Specialized Services Workgroup calls.

Specialized Services Lessons Learned

Webinar

The Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) is clear at §483.102 that PASRR is required for all individuals who apply to or reside in a Medicaid-licensed nursing facility (NF), regardless of insurance type (Medicaid, Medicare, or private pay). Thus, private pay applicants who test positive at Level I could be found at Level II to need specialized services. By definition, however, all services supplied to individuals who have private insurance are not covered by the state. This includes specialized services, whatever those are determined to be.

Is the state obligated to provide specialized services to private pay individuals?

FAQ

In order to be eligible for federal financial participation (FFP), Specialized Services must be included in the State Plan. They are considered “specialized add-on services” that can be provided under the nursing facility benefit authorized the Section 1905(a) of the Social Security Act.

What should States consider when including Specialized Services in State Plans?

FAQ

This webinar will discuss the number of ways to finance specialized services in nursing facilities. Access and quality of care is impacted by the ability to finance a resident’s service needs. This presentation will examine a variety of payment alternatives available to pay for services provided to individuals with ID/DD and mental illness while residents of nursing facilities; including Medicaid, Medicare, managed care and delivery system reform initiatives. An overview of the types of payment methods and examples will be provided.

Leveraging Public Financing and Delivery System Changes to Fund Specialized Services

Webinar

This presentation will provide an overview of the process Washington used to develop and implement a State Plan Amendment for providing specialized services. Examples of the specialized services and their impact on those who receive them will be discussed.

The PASRR Initiative in Washington State

Webinar