To view the complete Interpretive Guidelines for Determining Service Authorization for Children, Adolescents and Adults
Guidelines for determining service authorization for persons who need Department of Mental Health funded community-based mental health services, including details on the following topics: Application Process, Clinical Criteria, Needs and Means Criteria, Notification of Rights, and Appeal Guidelines.
To view the Application Process section of the Guidelines
Information on who may apply for mental health services from the Department of Mental Health, how to complete and submit an application, and when decisions will typically be finalized regarding the determination of service authorization.
To view the Service Determination Criteria (clinical & other criteria) section of the Guidelines
In order to be approved for Department of Mental Health community-based services, an applicant must have a qualifying mental disorder as the primary disorder requiring treatment, and meet functional impairment and other criteria. Read here for more information on the criteria that is used to determine whether an applicant may receive services.
To view the Notification of Rights section of the Guidelines
Information regarding the right to apply for Department of Mental Health Services
- To view the Appeal Guidelines
Appeal rights if an applicant has been denied a request to receive Department of Mental Health services.
To view the Directory of Area and Site Offices of the Guidelines
Directory of where an application for Department of Mental Health services may be submitted.
Access Service Applications
Department of Mental Health applications for community-based mental health services.
This information is provided by the Department of Mental Health