SOUTH CAROLINA DEPARTMENT OF MENTAL HEALTH
Columbia, South Carolina

OFFICE OF THE DIRECTOR OF MENTAL HEALTH

DIRECTIVE NO. 907-12

 

6-300

 

TO: All Organizational Components

SUBJECT: SCDMH Children’s Case Resolution Protocol

THE FOLLOWING DOCUMENT IS TO BE INTERPRETED CONSISTENT WITH SECTION 41-1-110, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA. NOTHING IN THIS DOCUMENT OR ANY SOUTH CAROLINA DEPARTMENT OF MENTAL HEALTH (SCDMH) DIRECTIVE, EMPLOYEE HANDBOOK, MANUAL, POLICY PROCEDURE, OR RELATED DOCUMENT, CREATES AN EMPLOYMENT CONTRACT OR CONTRACTUAL RIGHTS OR ENTITLEMENTS. SCDMH RESERVES THE RIGHT TO REVISE THIS DOCUMENT AND ANY SCDMH DIRECTIVE, HANDBOOK, MANUAL, POLICY PROCEDURE, OR OTHER DOCUMENT. NO PROMISES OR ASSURANCES CONFLICTING WITH THIS STATEMENT CREATE AN EMPLOYMENT CONTRACT.

I. Background:

The Children’s Case Resolution System was created to:

  1. Review cases of children and adolescents referred to the System to determine the need to facilitate or recommend services for the children, or both, and to designate the responsibilities of each public agency as they relate to the children and adolescents;
  2. Arbitrate cases where the public agencies charged with administering services to a child are unable to agree upon the services to be provided or where the proportion of the expense for the services to be paid by the agencies cannot be agreed upon; and
  3. Collectively review the cases of children to recommend changes or improvements, or both, in the delivery of service by public agencies serving children.

II. Purpose:

In compliance with the law establishing the Children’s Case Resolution System (CCRS), article 11, section 63-11-1110, the purpose of this Directive set forth the procedure when the Department of Mental Health is notified of the scheduling of a CCRS case review.

III. Procedure:

In order to appropriately and timely respond to a CCRS case review, the Office of Children, Adolescents and Their Families, a Division of Community Mental Health Services, or a designee, will contact the local mental health center to gather information necessary to determine the agency’s position as well as responsibilities in the provision of services relative to the CCRS referral.  The advice of the Deputy Director of Community Mental Health Services, the Medical Director’s Office, and the Office of General Counsel may be called upon in an attempt to respond to concerns regarding the responsibility for and needs of the child.

Mandatory participation at the Children’s Case Resolution hearing is required by the affected mental health center, (the Center Director or his/her designee), the Director of Children’s Services and/or designee and key clinical staff who can address questions regarding the child’s needs, treatment course and our service delivery response.  It is critical that the CMHC ensure that the staff attending the CCRS hearing also has the authority to commit the center’s funds regarding a course of treatment, as CCRS decisions are binding.

The South Carolina Department of Mental Health will comply with all provisions of the law and this directive which outlines the process for referral, consideration and disposition of the Governor’s Children’s Case Resolution process.

This Directive hereby rescinds and replaces South Carolina Department of Mental Health Directive No. 633-84 entitled SCDMH Children’s Case Resolution Committee.  This new directive is effective immediately. 


John Connery's signature

John H. Magill, State Director   

 

February 27, 2012