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Virginia Administrative Code
Title 12. Health
Agency 30. Department of Medical Assistance Services
Chapter 130. Amount, Duration and Scope of Selected Services

12VAC30-130-900. Definitions.

The following words and terms when used in this part shall have the following meanings unless the context indicates otherwise:

"Case management" means an activity that assists Medicaid eligibles in gaining and coordinating access to necessary care and services appropriate to his needs.

"Child" means any individual less than 18 years of age or under 21 if placed by a local department of social services or through referral from a Family Assessment and Planning Team.

"Child's family" means the birth or adoptive parent or parents, legal guardian or guardians, or family to whom the child may return.

"Child placing agency," "agency" or "agencies" means any person who places children in foster homes, adoptive homes, child-caring institutions or independent living arrangements in response to §§ 63.1-204, 63.1-205, and 63.1-219.28 of the Code of Virginia or a local board of public welfare or social services that places children in foster homes or adoptive homes pursuant to §§ 63.1-56, 63.1-204, and 63.1-219.28 of the Code of Virginia. Officers, employees, or agents of the Commonwealth, or of any county, city, or town, acting within the scope of their authority as such, who serve as or maintain a child-placing agency shall not be required to be licensed if authorized by the Code of Virginia to provide the services of a child-placing agency.

"Client" means Medicaid-eligible and enrolled individual.

"Community Planning and Management Team" means a team described in § 2.1-750 of the Code of Virginia.

"Comprehensive Services Act" means § 2.1-745 et seq. of the Code of Virginia.

"Department" or "DMAS" means the Department of Medical Assistance Services.

"Family Assessment and Planning Team" means a team described in §§ 2.1-753, 2.1-754, and 2.1-755 of the Code of Virginia.

"Foster care placement" means placement of a child through (i) an agreement between the parents or guardians and the local board or the public agency designated by the community policy and management team where legal custody remains with the parents or guardians or (ii) an entrustment or commitment of the child to the local board or child-placing agency.

"Foster care services" means the provision of a full range of casework, treatment and community services for a planned period of time to a child under age 21 who is abused or neglected as defined, except for age, in § 63.1-248.2 of the Code of Virginia or in need of services as defined in § 16.1-228 of the Code of Virginia and to his family when the child (i) has been identified as needing services to prevent or eliminate the need for foster care placement, (ii) has been placed through an agreement between the local board of social services or the public agency designated by the community policy and management team and the parents or guardians, and (iii) has been committed or entrusted to a local board of social services or child-placing agency.

"Foster home" means the place of residence of any individual or individuals approved by a local department of social services or licensed child placing agency in which any child other than a child by birth or adoption resides as a member of the household.

"Initial plan of care" means a written plan that delineates the services that are to be provided to the child at admission.

"Records" means the written information assembled in a file relating to the agency, staff, volunteers, the child, the child's birth family, the child's foster family, the child's treatment foster family, and the child's adoptive family.

"Treatment" is the coordinated provision of services and use of professionally developed and supervised interventions designed to produce a planned outcome in a person's behavior, attitude, emotional functioning or general condition.

"Treatment and service plan" means a written comprehensive plan of care, based on an assessment of the medical, psychological, social, behavioral and developmental aspects of the child's situation, containing measurable goals, procedures and interventions for achieving them, and a process for assessing the results. The treatment plan must state the treatment objectives; prescribe an integrated program of therapies, activities, and experiences designed to meet the objectives; and must include coordination with related community services to ensure continuity of care with the child's family, school and community.

"Treatment foster care (TFC)" means a community-based program where services are designed to address the special needs of children. Services to the children are delivered primarily by treatment foster parents who are trained, supervised, and supported by agency staff. Treatment is primarily foster family based and is planned and delivered by a treatment team.

Treatment foster care focuses on a continuity of services, is goal-directed and results oriented, and emphasizes permanency planning for the child in care.

"Treatment team" means the group that may consist of the child, professional agency staff, other professionals, the child's family members (where appropriate), and the child-placing agency and treatment foster parents who provide mutual support, evaluate treatment, and design, implement and revise the treatment and service plan.

Statutory Authority

§§ 32.1-324 and 32.1-325 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 17, Issue 5, eff. January 1, 2001; amended, Virginia Register Volume 23, Issue 12, eff. March 21, 2007.

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