10a NCAC 27g .6001      SCOPE

(a)  Inpatient hospital treatment involves the provision of 24-hour treatment in an inpatient hospital setting.  This facility is designed to provide treatment for individuals who have acute psychiatric problems or substance abuse disorders and is the most intensive and restrictive type of facility for individuals.  Services may include:

(1)           psychological and medical diagnostic procedures;

(2)           observation;

(3)           treatment modalities, including medication, psychotherapy, group therapy, occupational therapy, industrial therapy, vocational rehabilitation, and recreation therapy and milieu treatment;

(4)           medical care and treatment as needed;

(5)           supportive services including education; and

(6)           room and board.

(b)  Psychiatric facilities shall be designed to serve individuals who require inpatient care for the evaluation, treatment, and amelioration of those acute psychiatric symptoms which impair or interfere with the client's ability to function in the community.  Because inpatient care is the most restrictive service in the system of care for psychiatric patients, the goal of inpatient hospitalization is to stabilize symptoms so that the client can return to the community as soon as possible.  An individual who, in addition to mental illness, has other disorders, such as mental retardation or substance abuse, shall be eligible for admission if the primary need of treatment is for mental illness.

(c)  Substance abuse facilities that provide detoxification services shall comply with the applicable rules for detoxification.

(d)  For those facilities that are both psychiatric and substance abuse facilities, the license shall identify the number of psychiatric beds and the number of substance abuse beds that the facility is authorized to operate pursuant to the Certificate of Need law as set forth in G.S. 131E, Article 9.


History Note:        Authority G.S. 143B‑147;

Eff. May 1, 1996.