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Guidelines and Operating Principles for Residency Determinations Among CMH/ADAS/ADAMHS Boards
  1. The purpose of these guidelines and operating principles is to clarify what is to take place, in terms of Board responsibilities and residency determinations, when clients seek services outside their service district of residence.
  2. For the purposes of MACSIS, the county of assigned residency determines into which Board’s service system (i.e. group and plan) an individual is to be enrolled. In special circumstances a client may live in a Board area which differs from that to which residency/enrollment has been legitimately and appropriately assigned.
  3. A fundamental tenet that is to guide residency policy and its interpretation is that continuity-of-care is paramount and that responsibility to ensure this in instances of out-of-district placement or referral should rest ultimately with the "home" Board from which the client came. A Board should not be in a position to shift this responsibility by facilitating the relocation of clients to facilities or services which lie outside its service district. The "home" Board to which a client’s residency is assigned should carry the following responsibilities (some of which may be delegated to another entity):
    1. Assuring reasonable client access to the services called for in the Board's approved Community Plan in a fair and equitable manner.
    2. Enrolling eligible persons in its benefit plans in accordance with the applicable business rules and providing for the provision and management of these benefits.
    3. Serving as the local authority for funding, contracting, coordinating, monitoring, and evaluating services. These responsibilities include clinical oversight and utilization review responsibilities as authorized by Chapters 340 and 5122 of the Revised Code.
    4. Providing the necessary financial resources (to the extent such resources are available to the Board).
  4. Residency determinations are to be based upon the following:
    1. For mental health clients, the statutory provisions contained in ORC 5122.01(S), which read as follows:
      "Residence" means a person’s physical presence in a county with intent to remain there, except that if a person (1) is receiving a mental health service at a facility that includes nighttime sleeping accommodations, residence means that county in which a person maintained his primary place of residence at the time he entered the facility, or (2) is committed pursuant to section 2945.38, 2945.39, 2945.40 2945.401 [2945.40.1], or 2945.402 [2945.40.2] of the Revised code, residence means the county where the criminal charges were filed.
    2. For alcohol/drug clients, the definition of residency established by OhioMHAS, which reads as follows:
      "Residence means a person’s physical presence in a county with intent to remain there, except that, if a person is receiving alcohol or other drug addiction services from a program that includes nighttime sleeping accommodations, residence means that county in which the person maintained his/her primary place of residence at the time he/she entered the program."
  5. All policies involving residency-related issues are to be consistent, whether mental health or alcohol/drug issues are involved. There are not to be differing residency determinations/assignments depending upon the nature of the diagnosis, type of service, or sources of financial support. Accordingly, OhioMHAS shall adhere to a policy of reciprocity, wherein each shall defer to the other in the determination of when residency remains with a "home" Board because of a client’s placement in a special residential program or facility or because of other unusual circumstances.
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  7. The provisions of ORC Section 5122.01(S) and the OhioMHAS definition of residency shall be construed to apply to all specialized residential programs or facilities in which clients are placed because of their need for treatment, supervision/support, or other specialized services, with this principle to be defined and operationalized as follows:
    1. A primary criterion for what constitutes a specialized residential program or facility shall be that it is subject to licensure (or some comparable certification).
    2. The type of facilities encompassed includes hospitals, nursing homes, OhioMHAS-licensed certified residential facilities, ODH-licensed Adult Care Facilities, mental retardation group homes, ICF/MR'S, rest homes, drug/alcohol residential programs, crisis shelters, foster-care homes, etc..
    3. The term "mental health services" is to be construed broadly to encompass all those items contained in OAC 5122-25-02(B) and ORC Section 340.09 and the term "alcohol or other drug addiction services" shall include all those alcohol/drug services identified in OAC 3793:2-1-08 through 17.
    4. The phrase "receiving (MH or AOD) services at a program/facility" is to be understood to mean "while on the rolls of the program/facility." It is not necessary either for the services to be provided "on the premises of the program/facility" or "by an employee of the program/facility." Likewise, it is not necessary for said services to be officially certified for the purposes of residency determination.
    5. There is to be no "statute of limitations" on designated residency remaining with the "home" Board for persons placed in specialized residential programs/facilities that lie outside its service district.
    6. Designated residency shall remain with the "home" Board regardless of whether it was directly involved in facilitating placement in an out-of-district specialized program/facility.
    7. Residency shall not remain with the "home" Board in those situations where a client is placed for an indefinite period in a facility for reasons having nothing to do with mental health or alcohol/drug needs and then develops such problems subsequent to placement. However, no discharge directly from a state hospital to a facility shall cause a change in residency, regardless of the reasons for the discharge.
  8. The interpretation of the provisions of ORC Section 5122.01(S) and the OhioMHAS definition of residency in regard to "intent to remain" shall be guided by the following:
    1. "Intent to remain" is to be interpreted to mean a person's expressed or reasonably implied intent, together with actions which taken as a whole indicate a desire to remain permanently in the county. There can be no intent to remain when a person is visiting, transient or present in a county for only a time-limited specific purpose.
    2. In addition to stated intent, which shall be given primacy, the following are other factors which may be considered in assessing whether a person's actions demonstrate intent to be a resident:
      • mailing address
      • voting
      • car registration
      • job or other vocational efforts
      • payment of taxes
      • location of family
      • general conduct.
        1. Where a client lacks the capacity to communicate clearly or is unwilling to state an intent (and there is no compelling evidence to think otherwise), it shall be assumed that the client intends to remain in the service district he/she is currently located.
        2. Boards and their agents are not to be involved in efforts to coerce or unduly influence client intent vis-a-vis residency.
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  10. Residency for children is to be determined by the residency of the parents (or guardian) and should change when the parents move (even when this occurs in the middle of a hospitalization or residential placement). When temporary or permanent legal custody of a child has been awarded to some other official entity (such as a CSB, ODYS, etc.), residency should remain with the "home" Board of the county where the court which ruled maintains jurisdiction.
    1. This guideline is not intended to resolve boundary issues between the responsibilities of Boards versus those of CSB's, juvenile courts, DYS, etc.. Rather, it is intended to clarify that it is the responsibility of the "home" Board to work through such matters for its clients.
    2. Persons with handicapping conditions who consequently may remain in the custody of a CSB, etc., through their 21st year shall be considered to be children for the purposes of these guidelines.
  11. The interpretation of these residency provisions for children is to be guided by the provisions of ORC Sections 3313.64(A)(1 and 4), 3313.64 (C)(2), and 2151.35, which deal with the determination of local responsibility within the educational system.
  12. For clients committed pursuant to ORC Sections 2945.38, 2945.39, 2945.40 2945.401 [2945.40.1], or 2945.402 [2945.40.2] of the Revised code, residency shall remain with the Board of the service district in which the charges were filed only for as long as the client remains in a forensic status. If and when the client's status reverts to a civil commitment, at that point the client's residency shall be changed to that to which it would be for non-forensic clients (i.e. the "home" Board from which the client originally came). For those clients who may be in a non-hospital setting when their commitment status changes, residency should be determined by type of facility and/or intent, depending upon the circumstances. When residency shifts because of a change in forensic status, the Board from which residency is being shifted is to give timely notice to the new Board of residency.
  13. Where special circumstances, such as result from unusual geographic boundaries, create situations where the applicability of the residency criteria in the law may be especially problematic, the Boards involved may negotiate a "Memorandum of Understanding" as to how various issues will be addressed, rather than repeatedly disputing individual cases.
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  15. A Board (directly or through its contract agencies) may receive requests for services from a client whose residency rests with the Board of another service district (with this encompassing clients involved in emergencies while away from home, clients wishing to travel to receive non-emergency services from a provider in another district, and clients placed in a specialized residential facility who seek additional services beyond that which the facility itself may provide). Such requests for services from non-residents should be dealt with as follows:
    1. Services other than emergency/crisis services and Medicaid-billable services should remain the sole responsibility of the "home" Board of residency, with this responsibility understood to encompass the items listed in section #2 of this document.
    2. The Chief Clinical Officer (or designee) of the "home" Board should be responsible for determining what services may be clinically necessary and appropriate for an individual seeking services outside of his/her "home" district. The "home" Board should bear ultimate responsibility for overseeing and supporting the provision of appropriate out-of-district services (to the extent they are approved as being consistent with the Board's Community Plan and sufficient financial resources are available).
    3. For non-Medicaid services, a Board may have "preferred providers" (i.e. its contract agencies) and expect residents seeking Board-subsidized services to use these organizations.
    4. Non-emergency services may be provided to out-of-district clients by either the "home" Board of residence or the Board from which the client is seeking services. However, no Board should be expected or assumed to provide ongoing, non-emergency services to out-of-district clients without its explicit consent and without a mutually agreeable reimbursement mechanism having been negotiated. All Boards should adopt official policies and procedures which layout how it will respond to requests of its residents who seek services outside the Board's service district.
    5. Anytime an SMD client is placed in an out-of-district residential facility with the involvement of the public community mental health system, the "home" Board should notify the Board where the facility is located and work out matters of service coordination and continuity-of-care.
    6. Contract agencies are free to serve whomever they wish with funds other than those provided pursuant to a contract with a Board.
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  17. A person incarcerated in an out-of district jail facility shall remain a resident of the district from which he/she came. However, to facilitate and support Board-sponsored programs for the provision of services to a local jail facility, by mutual agreement a temporary re-assignment of a jail inmate to a plan of the local Board may be effected. Upon release from the jail facility, the plan assignment shall revert to the original Board of residence.
  18. Residency disputes are to be addressed as follows:
    1. Ultimate responsibility for resolving residency disputes shall rest with OhioMHAS, whose decisions shall be binding.
    2. OhioMHAS shall officially adopt and distribute these "Guidelines and Operating Principles" (along with any subsequent modifications), with the explicit understanding that they are to be followed in the determination of residency.
    3. Boards are expected to work out routine questions of residency among themselves without resorting to an official dispute resolution process.
    4. As the initial step in the formal dispute resolution process, the Board which believes that an individual’s residency has been inappropriately determined is to contact the Board it believes is the proper Board to which residency should be assigned. This is to be done in writing and, unless there are extenuating circumstances, is to take place within ten working days of the time a Board first becomes aware that a residency assignment may need to be questioned.
    5. After receipt of the written statement initiating the residency dispute process, the two Boards shall have five additional working days to agree upon the appropriate residency designation. If the matter remains unresolved, either Board may refer the matter to OhioMHAS for final resolution. This shall be done in writing and shall occur immediately upon expiration of the five working days during which the Boards are to attempt to resolve the matter between themselves. The Director of OhioMHAS (or his/her designee) shall make a final determination about residency within ten additional working days, during which time the Boards involved in the dispute and other relevant parties (including, where appropriate, the client) are to be contacted. A written determination, including the rationale for the decision, is to be provided to both Boards.
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  20. A public record (with client names deleted) of precedents for how residency disputes are resolved by OhioMHAS is to be maintained, so as to serve as a guide for dealing with subsequent disputes.
  21. While residency questions are being resolved, essential client services are to be maintained, with the primary responsibility for this to rest with the Board from whose system an individual is receiving services. As part of the resolution of a residency dispute, it shall be determined which Board shall be responsible for the costs of treatment services provided during the period of the dispute. In cases where the appropriate state agency determines that a Board other than the Board which paid for the services is the appropriate Board of residence then the Board which paid for the cost of service will invoice the Board of residence. The Board of residence will be expected to pay the Board of service within a reasonable amount of time.
  22. No Board is to alter an individual’s residency/plan assignment within MACSIS without the explicit approval of the other affected Board or a formal OhioMHAS resolution of a residency dispute. (Normal practice should be for the receiving Board to effect a residency change in MACSIS.)
  23. Nothing in this document should be interpreted as precluding two Boards from effecting a transfer of residency responsibilities when they mutually determine this to be in the best interest of a client.
    1. These guidelines deal only with inter-Board residency issues and are not intended to address situations where individuals may be placed or seek services across state lines. It is felt that the issues involved are enough different to warrant separate consideration.