Or. Admin. R. 309-019-0245 - ACT Admission Criteria

(1) Participants shall meet the medically appropriate standard as designated in OAR 309-019-0105. Participants who are medically appropriate shall have the following characteristics:
(a) Participants diagnosed with serious and persistent mental illness, as defined in this rule;
(b) Individuals with a primary diagnosis of a substance use disorder or intellectual developmental disabilities or borderline personality disorder or traumatic brain injury or an autism spectrum disorder are not the intended recipients of ACT and may not be referred to ACT if they do not have a co-occurring, qualifying psychiatric disorder;
(c) Participants with other psychiatric illnesses are eligible dependent on the level of the long-term disability;
(d) Participants with significant functional impairments as demonstrated by at least one of the following conditions:
(A) Significant difficulty consistently performing the range of practical daily living tasks required for basic adult functioning in the community (e.g., caring for personal business affairs; obtaining medical, legal, and housing services; recognizing and avoiding common dangers or hazards to self and possessions; meeting nutritional needs; maintaining personal hygiene) or persistent or recurrent difficulty performing daily living tasks except with significant support or assistance from others such as friends, family, or relatives;
(B) Significant difficulty maintaining consistent employment at a self-sustaining level or significant difficulty consistently carrying out the homemaker role (e.g., household meal preparation, washing clothes, budgeting, or child-care tasks and responsibilities);
(C) Significant difficulty maintaining a safe living situation (e.g., repeated evictions or loss of housing).
(e) Participants with one or more of the following problems, which are indicators of continuous high service needs (e.g., greater than eight hours per month):
(A) High use of acute care psychiatric hospitals or emergency departments for psychiatric reasons, including psychiatric emergency services as defined in OAR 309-023-0110 (e.g., two or more readmissions in a six month period);
(B) Intractable (e.g., persistent or very recurrent) severe major symptoms, affective, psychotic, suicidal);
(C) Coexisting substance abuse disorder of significant duration (e.g., greater than six months);
(D) High risk or recent history of criminal justice involvement (e.g., arrest, incarceration);
(E) Significant difficulty meeting basic survival needs, residing in substandard housing, homelessness, or imminent risk of becoming homeless;
(F) Residing in an inpatient or supervised community residence in the community where ACT services are available, but clinically assessed to be able to live in a more independent living situation if intensive services are provided or requiring a residential or institutional placement if more intensive services are not available;
(G) Difficulty effectively utilizing traditional office-based outpatient services.
(2) The ACT program provides community-based, long-term or time-unlimited services and is not intended to be in and of itself a transitional program.


Or. Admin. R. 309-019-0245
MHS 18-2016, f. 11-28-16, cert. ef. 11/30/2016; MHS 26-2016(Temp), f. 12-27-16, cert. ef. 12-28-16 thru 6-23-17; MHS 6-2017, f. & cert. ef. 6/23/2017; MHS 10-2017(Temp), f. 9-15-17, cert. ef. 9-15-17 thru 3-13-18; MHS 4-2018, amend filed 02/27/2018, effective 3/1/2018

Statutory/Other Authority: ORS 161.390, 413.042, 430.256 & 430.640

Statutes/Other Implemented: ORS 161.390 - 161.400, 428.205 - 428.270, 430.010, 430.205 - 430.210, 430.254 - 430.640, 430.850 - 430.955 & 743A.168

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