Current through 2022-14, April 6, 2022

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 Mental Health and Mental Retardation 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 Mental Health and Mental Retardation.

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.

The following state regulations pages link to this page.

State regulations are updated quarterly; we currently have two versions available. Below is a comparison between our most recent version and the prior quarterly release. More comparison features will be added as we have more versions to compare.