Program Authorization: R.S. 28:25.1; and Louisiana Code of Criminal Procedure, Title XXI, Article 641-661
The mission of the Patient Care Program is to provide inpatient services which are clinical and therapeutic in nature.
The goal of the Patient Care Program is to provide patient services to improve the probabilities of the patient population's successful return to society as productive self-supporting individuals.
The Patient Care Program provides clinical and therapeutic inpatient services, evaluation, treatment, security and rehabilitation services that are designed, organized, and administered to meet the needs of the patient and in a multi-disciplinary manner.
OBJECTIVES AND PERFORMANCE INDICATORS
1. In FY 1998-99, the Patient Care Program will establish committees and other informal reviews, or modify services as needs are identified.
1 The average length of stay is high due to successful discharge of long-term patients, e.g., Not guilty by reason of insanity and Lockhart vs. Armistead.
2 Five classes per social service counselor.
3 Eight slots allowed per class.
2. In FY 1998-99, the Patient Care Program will provide substance abuse treatment to forensic patients and enhance security by adding ten corrections guards/therapeutic to the hospital T.O.
3. In FY 1998-99, the Patient Care Program will alleviate heavy supervisory workload, keep security staff in line with other agencies in the immediate area, aid in staff retention, and reduce the amount of time needed for new staff training.
SOURCE OF FUNDING
The Patient Care Program is funded from general fund and interagency transfers. Interagency transfers consist of Title XIX reimbursement for services provided to Medicaid eligible patients received through the Department of Health and Hospitals which have been "pooled" from other mental health agencies.
ANALYSIS OF RECOMMENDATION
The total means of financing for this program is recommended at 101.8% of the existing operating budget. It represents 95.8% of the total request ($14,527,341) for this program. The major changes reflected in this analysis include: an attrition adjustment and an increase of $339,794 in interagency transfer means of finance for merit pay adjustments. The changes should have no significant impact on the delivery of these services.
Psychological assessments to allow submission of competency/sanity reports to courts in order to identify malingerers and inappropriate admissions, thereby making services more readily available to those individuals who actually need treatment
ACQUISITIONS AND MAJOR REPAIRS
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