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RULE §301.303Definitions

The following words and terms, when used in this subchapter, have the following meanings, unless the context clearly indicates otherwise:

  (1) Access--The ability to obtain mental health community services based upon components such as availability and acceptability of services to the individual, or the individual's Legally Authorized Representative (LAR) on the individual's behalf, transportation, distance, hours of operation, language, and the cultural competency of staff members. Barriers to access may be structural, financial, or specific to the individual.

  (2) Adolescent--An individual who is at least 13 years of age, but younger than 18 years of age.

  (3) Adult--An individual who is 18 years of age or older.

  (4) Advanced practice nurse--A staff member who is a registered nurse approved by the Texas Board of Nursing as a clinical nurse specialist in psychiatric/mental health or nurse practitioner in psychiatric/mental health, in accordance with Texas Occupations Code, Chapter 301.

  (5) Advocacy--Support for an individual or family member in expressing and resolving issues or concerns regarding access to or quality and appropriateness of services.

  (6) Appeal--A mechanism for an independent review of an adverse determination.

  (7) Assessment--A systematic process for measuring an individual's service needs.

  (8) Child--An individual who is at least three years of age, but younger than 13 years of age.

  (9) Competency--Demonstrated knowledge and skilled performance of a particular activity.

  (10) Continuity of services--Services that ensure uninterrupted services are provided to an individual during a transition between service types (e.g., inpatient services, outpatient services) or providers, in accordance with applicable rules (e.g., Chapter 412, Subchapter D of this title (relating to Mental Health Services - Admission, Continuity, and Discharge)). These activities include:

    (A) assisting with admissions and discharges;

    (B) facilitating access to appropriate services and supports in the community, including identifying and connecting the individual with community resources;

    (C) participating in the individual's treatment plan development and reviews;

    (D) promoting implementation of the individual's treatment plan or continuing care plan; and

    (E) facilitating coordination and follow-up between the individual and the individual's family, as well as with available community resources.

  (11) COPSD or co-occurring psychiatric and substance use disorders--The co-occurring diagnoses of psychiatric disorders and substance use disorders.

  (12) Credentialing--A process to review and approve a staff member's educational status, experience, and licensure status (as applicable) to ensure that the staff member meets the departmental requirements for service provision. The process includes primary source verification of credentials, establishing and applying specific criteria and prerequisites to determine the staff member's initial and ongoing competency and assessing and validating the staff member's qualification to deliver care. Re-credentialing is the periodic process of reevaluating the staff's competency and qualifications.

  (13) Crisis--A situation in which:

    (A) the individual presents an immediate danger to self or others; or

    (B) the individual's mental or physical health is at risk of serious deterioration; or

    (C) an individual believes that he or she presents an immediate danger to self or others or that his or her mental or physical health is at risk of serious deterioration.

  (14) Crisis services--Mental health community services or other necessary interventions provided to an individual in crisis.

  (15) CSSP or community services specialist--A staff member who, as of August 31, 2004:

    (A) received:

      (i) a high school diploma; or

      (ii) a high school equivalency certificate issued in accordance with the law of the issuing state;

    (B) had three continuous years of documented full-time experience in the provision of mental health rehabilitative services or case management services; and

    (C) demonstrated competency in the provision and documentation of mental health rehabilitative or case management services in accordance with Chapter 419, Subchapter L of this title (relating to Mental Health Rehabilitative Services) and Chapter 412, Subchapter I of this title (relating to Mental Health Case Management Services).

  (16) Cultural competency--Demonstrated knowledge and skill by a staff member to effectively respond to an individual's needs through knowledge of communication, actions, customs, beliefs, and values, within the individual's racial, ethnic, religious beliefs, disability, and social groups.

  (17) Department--Department of State Health Services (DSHS).

  (18) Department-approved algorithm--An evidence-based process for providing psychiatric care to adults with severe and persistent mental illnesses and children and adolescents with serious emotional disturbance, consisting of consensus-derived guidelines for medication treatment, training and support for physicians, standardized documentation, and patient and family education.

  (19) DSM--The current edition of the Diagnostic Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders published by the American Psychiatric Association.

  (20) Emergency care services--Mental health community services or other necessary interventions directed to address the immediate needs of an individual in crisis in order to assure the safety of the individual and others who may be placed at risk by the individual's behaviors, including, but not limited to, psychiatric evaluations, administration of medications, hospitalization, stabilization or resolution of the crisis.

  (21) Face-to-face--A contact with an individual that occurs in person. Face-to-face does not include contacts made through the use of video conferencing or telecommunication technologies, including telemedicine.

  (22) Family member--Any person who an individual identifies as being a member of their family.

  (23) Family partner--An experienced, trained primary caregiver (i.e., parent of an individual with a mental illness or serious emotional disturbance) who provides peer mentoring, education, and support to the caregivers of a child who is receiving mental health community services.

  (24) HIPAA--The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, 42 U.S.C. §1320d et seq.

  (25) Identifying information--The name, address, date of birth, social security number, or any information by which the identity of an individual can be determined either directly or by reference to other publicly available information. The term includes medical records, graphs, and charts that contain an individual's information; statements made by the individual either orally or in writing while receiving mental health community services; videotapes, audiotapes, photographs, and other recorded media; and any acknowledgment that an individual is receiving or has received services from a state facility, LMHA, MCO, or provider.

  (26) Indicator--A defined, measurable variable used to monitor the quality or appropriateness of an important aspect of an individual's care or service or an organization's performance of related functions, processes, or outcomes. Indicators can measure activities, events, occurrences, or outcomes for which data can be collected to allow comparison with a threshold, a benchmark, or prior performance.

  (27) Individual--A person who is seeking or receiving mental health community services from or through a provider.

  (28) LAR or legally authorized representative--A person authorized by law to act on behalf of an individual with regard to a matter described in this subchapter, including, but not limited to, a parent, guardian, or managing conservator.

  (29) LCDC or licensed chemical dependency counselor--A counselor licensed by the department pursuant to the Texas Occupations Code, Chapter 504.

  (30) LCSW or licensed clinical social worker--A staff member who is licensed as a clinical social worker by the Texas State Board of Social Worker Examiners in accordance with the Texas Occupations Code, Chapter 505.

  (31) LMFT or licensed marriage and family therapist--A staff member who is licensed as a licensed marriage and family therapist by the Texas State Board of Examiners of Marriage and Family Therapists in accordance with Texas Occupations Code, Chapter 502.

  (32) LMHA or local mental health authority--An entity designated as the local mental authority by the department in accordance with the Texas Health and Safety Code, §533.035(a).


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