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CHILD & ADOLESCENT CORE SERVICES

There are four variables for consideration to determine whether a youth qualifies as a “core customer” for child and adolescent mental health and addictive disease services.

1. Age: A youth must be under the age of 18 years old. Youth aged 18-21 years (children still in high school, in DJJ or DFCS custody or when it is otherwise developmentally/clinically indicated) may be served to assist with transitioning to adult services.

2. Diagnostic Evaluation: The state DBHDD system utilizes the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) classification system to identify, evaluate and classify a youth’s type, severity, frequency, duration and recurrence of symptoms. The diagnostic evaluation must yield information that supports an emotional disturbance and/or substance related disorder primary diagnosis (or diagnostic impression) on Axis I in accordance with the latest edition of the DSM. The diagnostic evaluation must be documented adequately to support the diagnosis

3. Functional/Risk Assessment: Information gathered to evaluate a child/adolescent’s ability to function and cope on a day-to-day basis comprises the functional/risk assessment. This includes youth and family resource utilization and the youth’s role performance, social and behavioral skills, cognitive skills, communication skills, personal strengths and adaptive skills, needs and risks as related to an emotional disturbance, substance related disorder or co-occurring disorder. The functional/risk assessment must yield information that supports a behavioral health diagnosis (or diagnostic impression) on Axis I in accordance with the DSM.

ADULT CORE SERVICES

There are four variables for consideration to determine whether an individual qualifies as a “Core Customer” for adult mental health and addictive disease services.

1. Age: An individual must be over the age of 18 years old. Individuals under age 18 may be served in adult services if they are emancipated minors under Georgia Law, and if adult services are otherwise clinically/developmentally indicated.

2. Diagnostic Evaluation: The state DBHDD system utilizes the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) classification system to identify, evaluate and classify an individual’s type, severity, frequency, duration and recurrence of symptoms. The diagnostic evaluation must yield information that supports a psychiatric disorder and/or substance related disorder primary diagnosis (or diagnostic impression) on Axis I in accordance with the latest edition of the DSM. The diagnostic
evaluation must be documented adequately to support the diagnostic impression/diagnosis.

3. Functional/Risk Assessment: Information gathered to evaluate an individual’s ability to function and cope on a day-to-day basis comprises the functional/risk assessment. This includes the individual’s resource utilization, role performance, social and behavioral skills, cognitive skills, communication skills, independent living skills, personal strengths and adaptive skills, needs and risks as related to a psychiatric disorder, substance related disorder or cooccurring disorder. The functional/risk assessment must yield information that supports a behavioral health diagnosis (or diagnostic impression) on Axis I in accordance with the DSM