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Ptac webinars

PTAC hosts a bimonthly webinar series, which is held on the 2nd Tuesday of the month at 1:00 PM ET.  Attending the webinars is also a great opportunity to earn Continuing Education Credits. 

PASRR Notice of Proposed Rulemaking

This presentation will identify key changes to Preadmission Screening and Resident Review (PASRR) requirements being proposed in the recently-released Notice of Proposed Rulemaking. PASRR is a statutory requirement that states screen all applicants to and residents of Medicaid-certified nursing homes for mental illness and intellectual disability and, when possible, divert or transition these individuals to community placements. The presentation will provide a basic overview of PASRR”s statutory requirements and highlight proposed regulatory changes that support community integration.

Partnering for Quality of Care: State PASRR Authorities and Nursing Facilities

This webinar will help attendees understand how state Medicaid/Mental Health/Intellectual Disability PASRR Authorities and Nursing Facilities can effectively partner to advance quality of care for nursing facility residents with PASRR conditions.

Informed Choice: The Role of PASRR

This webinar will help attendees understand PASRR’s role in helping individuals make an informed choice about where they receive services.

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

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.

Common Questions for PASRR Program Operations

This webinar will highlight the most common questions state authorities have raised when requesting technical assistance regarding PASRR program operations. The webinar will be based on the historical record of PTAC technical assistance in the past three years and will include a focus on (1) a wide range of questions related to all phases of the PASRR process, (2) the corresponding technical assistance guidance that is linked to federal regulations, (3) linkages to additional resource information specific to each common question.

A Passion for PASRR: Perspectives from State PASRR Champions

This webinar will initially highlight the regulatory language that defines the distinct responsibilities of the State Mental Health and Intellectual Disability Authorities. The webinar will then shift to a facilitated panel discussion with three State MH Authorities and three State ID Authorities that have demonstrated a passion for the role PASRR plays in supporting individuals with serious mental illness or an intellectual disability. The states will be selected based on a historical interface with PTAC that demonstrates a commitment to PASRR.

Key Differences Between PASRR Level I Preliminary Screens and PASRR Level II Evaluations

All individuals who apply to reside in a Medicaid-certified nursing facility, regardless of payer, are required to receive a Level I PASRR screen to identify mental illness or intellectual disabilities. If an individual is suspected to have mental illness or an intellectual disability, a Level II evaluation is conducted to confirm this. A Level II must not merely rubber stamp the outcome of the Level I. Rather it must “look behind” the diagnosis of record to identify the “true” diagnosis. This presentation will further discuss the relationship between Level I and Level II evaluations and highlight common misconceptions as well as promising practices.

Specialized Services Lessons Learned

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.

PASRR Determination: Written Notices and Evaluation Reports

PASRR regulations include requirements for written notices of determination and evaluation reports to be produced as a part of the assessment process. The notices of determination and evaluation reports must include specific information about the outcomes of the evaluation, the person’s disability, and the necessary services and supports needed. Additionally, these written documents must be disseminated to specific entities. This webinar will review the regulations regarding PASRR notifications and help PASRR stakeholders understand requirements for achieving compliance with the written determination and notice process. Additionally, the webinar will explore strategies for creating effective, person-centered notices that have the potential to lead to positive outcomes for the individuals assessed.