New! Strengthened System for Incident Reporting within Mental Health Community Agency Settings.Effective October 1, 2013, the Department of Human Services (DHS) and the Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS) implemented a strengthened system for unusual incident reporting involving incidents and allegations occurring within mental health community agency settings. Community agencies providing DHS- licensed Residential and Ambulatory services are included in the first phase of this initiative. For these providers, the strengthened system aligns with successful, established practices in place for unusual incident reporting within other DHS community/facility provider settings under DHS Administrative Order 2:05 (A.O. 2:05).
Included in this initiative are an expanded category list of incidents and allegations reportable to DHS, updated incident reporting and follow-up forms, in addition to the use of resources from DMHAS and the DHS Office of Program Integrity and Accountability (OPIA) for the response to and as required, the investigation of, identified incidents and allegations involving DMHAS consumers.
The implementation of this strengthened system for incident reporting underscores the shared, continued interest of DHS, DMHAS and its agency partners to ensure the health, safety and well-being of individuals served. Agencies providing mental health community services within the scope of DHS-licensed Residential and Ambulatory settings are encouraged to reference the information below to learn more about this joint effort.