Full Definition

Sub-Acute Psychiatric Care

General characteristics: 

1) Sub-Acute Psychiatric residential care is a physician-directed level of care focused on establishing the behavioral and emotional prerequisites for functioning in the most appropriate, non-hospital environments. 

2) Sub-Acute Psychiatric residential care is a transitional level of care that a person may enter as a move towards permanency from an acute admission or as a temporary admission from a lower level of care for the purpose of emotional and/or behavioral stabilization. 

3) All needed specialized mental health services will be provided by the agency. This includes necessary assessments such as psychiatric evaluation, psychological evaluation, psychoeducational evaluation, psychosexual evaluation, and alcohol and drug assessment. 

4) The facility will be appropriately licensed according to the population served.