Nursing Facilities for Mental Health

Nursing Facilities for Mental Health provide residential care and rehabilitation treatment for persons experiencing severe symptoms of mental illness. They provide round-the-clock supervision and care for persons with mental illness needing this level of service.

Eligibility Requirements

To be determined eligible a Preadmission Screening and Resident Review (PASRR) must be completed. To request a Level 1 screen, please contact your local Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC).

All persons entering a Medicaid-certified nursing home in the state of Kansas must have a PASRR review prior to admission. Level I CARE/PASRR screen is the usual instrument completed except in cases of less than 30-day stays or terminal illness. Any person entering a Medicaid-certified Nursing Home in Kansas must have the PASRR screening as appropriate. The reason the screen is required is as a result of the level of care and licensure of the nursing home, not the funding stream the resident will be using.

There are currently 9 nursing facilities for mental health in Kansas. A current list of NFMH in Kansas can be found here: NFMH Directory.

Once a person has been approved to receive services in a NFMH, an annual assessment (called a Screen for Continued Stay) is completed by a screener trained at the Community Mental Health Center. This review is a third-party review to determine if the level of service is still appropriate for the individual. If an individual is determined able to live in a less restrictive environment at the time of the screen the facility should work with the individual to make a comprehensive discharge plan back into the community with Community Mental Health Services. If an individual or their guardian disagrees with this determination they have 90 days to appeal the decision.

For more information on the appeal process, click here.