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Virginia Administrative Code
Title 12. Health
Agency 35. Department of Behavioral Health And Developmental Services
Chapter 105. Rules and Regulations for Licensing Providers by the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services

12VAC35-105-700. Written policies and procedures for crisis or emergency interventions; required elements.

Article 3

Crisis Intervention and Emergencies

A. The provider shall implement written policies and procedures for prompt intervention in the event of a crisis or a behavioral, medical, or psychiatric emergency that may occur during screening and referral, at admission, or during the period of service provision.

B. The policies and procedures shall include:

1. A definition of what constitutes a crisis or behavioral, medical, or psychiatric emergency;

2. Procedures for immediately accessing appropriate internal and external resources. This shall include a provision for obtaining physician and mental health clinical services if the provider's or service's on-call or back-up physician or mental health clinical services are not available at the time of the emergency;

3. Employee or contractor responsibilities; and

4. Location of emergency medical information for each individual receiving services, including any advance psychiatric or medical directive or crisis response plan developed by the individual, which shall be readily accessible to employees or contractors on duty in an emergency or crisis.

Statutory Authority

§ 37.2-203 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 18, Issue 18, eff. September 19, 2002; amended, Virginia Register Volume 28, Issue 5, eff. December 7, 2011.

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