Every single person who is a Tier 2 or Tier 3 and receives Medicaid services for a Developmental disability or a Behavioral health issue will undergo an Independent Assessment. This means you need to understand what it is and what will happen. MSL has gathered some resources to help you be prepared:
First of all, you’re probably asking, which Tier am I in? Click the link to find out!
If you are Tier 2 or 3, you will receive a notification letter about your assessment. It may come from a company you don’t recognize, but make sure to look for a letter and read carefully for the words Independent Assessment. Once you receive a letter, you will soon receive a phone call to schedule a meeting.
You are allowed to take people with you in these assessments, such as a parent or provider. The assessment itself can take from one hour to three hours. It is critical carefully consider and answer the questions because they determine your Tier placement.
Once your assessment is finished, you will have to wait to receive results. Once they are compiled, both you and your primary provider will receive a copy.
THINGS THAT CAN HELP
DHS has released the following resources to assist you or a loved one in preparation for these Independent Assessments. MSL has gathered it all in one place for you:
- Read the full assessment itself in PDF form
- View a presentation to explain the DDS changes
- View a presentation on IAs for providers
- Read the training that has been sent to PCPs
The two power point presentations may be of help what is taking place within the DD service system. Additional information may also be found at the following website https://www.medicaid.state.ar.us/general/programs/passe.aspx.
Click on each image to access the resource.
Presentation for Individuals, Families, and Staff:
Presentation for Providers:
Training that was sent to all PCPs:
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