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QUALIFIED PROFESSIONALS

ISSUE DATE: 11/2018

The provisions in this section describe who may be considered as qualified professionals for diagnosing and/or determining a client’s specific physical illness and/or mental condition.


MFIP:

Qualified professionals, as defined in this section, may diagnose and/or determine if a person meets certain medical criteria in order to bank months, or to qualify for, Family Stabilization Services (FSS), an MFIP hardship extension, or a good cause claim. See 0011.33 (MFIP Hardship Extensions), 0011.36 (Special Medical Criteria), 0028.06.03 (Who Must Participate in Empl. Services/SNAP E&T), 0028.18 (Good Cause for Non-Compliance -- MFIP/DWP).

FOR DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES (DD): Professionals qualified to administer the tests necessary to make a determination (tests of intellectual functioning, assessment of adaptive behavior, adaptive skills, and developmental function) include licensed psychologists, certified school psychologists, or a certified psychometrist working under supervision of a licensed psychologist. These professionals must also be trained and experienced in administration of the tests. See PEOPLE WITH DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES in 0002.47 (Glossary: OJT...).

FOR LEARNING DISABILITIES: A qualified professional is a licensed psychologist or school psychologist with experience determining learning disabilities. See 0011.33.06 (MFIP Hard to Employ Extension Category).

FOR PEOPLE WITH MENTAL ILLNESS (MI), SERIOUS AND PERSISTENT MENTAL ILLNESS (SPMI), AND SEVERE EMOTIONAL DISTURBANCE (SED): A qualified mental health professional is indicated in the bullets below. Documentation can be provided by a licensed physician or a qualified mental health professional as listed below, for questions about counting months toward the 60-month time limit AND related extensions:

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FOR CHILDREN IN PSYCHIATRIC NURSING: The mental health professional must be a registered nurse who is certified as a clinical specialist in child and adolescent psychiatric or mental health nursing by a national nurse certification organization or who has a master’s degree in nursing or 1 of the behavioral sciences or related fields from an accredited college or university or its equivalent, with at least 4,000 hours of post-master’s supervised experience in the delivery of clinical services in the treatment of mental illness.

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FOR ADULTS IN PSYCHIATRIC NURSING: A registered nurse who is certified as a clinical specialist in adult psychiatric and mental health nursing by a national nurse certification organization or who has a master’s degree in nursing or 1 of the behavioral sciences or related fields from an accredited college or university or its equivalent, with at least 4,000 hours of post-master’s supervised experience in the delivery of clinical services in the treatment of mental illness.

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IN CLINICAL SOCIAL WORK: A person licensed as an independent clinical social worker (LICSW), a licensed professional clinical counselor (LPCC), or a person with a master’s degree in social work from an accredited college or university, with at least 4,000 hours of post-master’s supervised experience in the delivery of clinical services in the treatment of mental illness.

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IN PSYCHOLOGY: A person licensed by the board of psychology who has stated to the Board of Psychology competencies in the diagnosis and treatment of mental illness.

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IN PSYCHIATRY: A physician licensed and certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology or eligible for board certification in psychiatry.

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IN MARRIAGE AND FAMILY THERAPY: The mental health professional must be a marriage and family therapist with at least 2 years of post-master’s supervised experience in the delivery of clinical services in the treatment of mental illness.

FOR PHYSICAL ILLNESS, INJURY, OR INCAPACITY: A qualified professional means a licensed physician, a physician’s assistant, a nurse practitioner, a certified nurse midwife, or a licensed chiropractor.



DWP:

If there are situations requiring determinations from the qualified professionals listed above, consider conversion to MFIP. See 0008.06.24 (DWP Conversion or Referral to MFIP).


SNAP:

FOR PHYSICAL ILLNESS, INJURY, OR INCAPACITY: A qualified professional means a licensed physician, a physician’s assistant, a nurse practitioner, a certified nurse midwife, a licensed chiropractor, doctors of osteopathy, licensed podiatrists, designated representatives of the physician’s office, or a social worker.

FOR PEOPLE WITH MENTAL ILLNESS (MI), SERIOUS AND PERSISTENT MENTAL ILLNESS (SPMI), AND SEVERE EMOTIONAL DISTURBANCE (SED), DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES AND LEARNING DISABILITIES: Documentation can be provided by a licensed physician or a physician’s assistant, a nurse practitioner, designated representatives of the physician's office, or a social worker that can verify the SNAP recipient is mentally unfit for work based on the information in their case record.



MSA:

No provisions.


GA:

Follow MFIP. For information about bases of eligibility, see 0013.15 (GA Bases of Eligibility).

FOR DRUG/ALCOHOL ADDICTION: A licensed physician, physician assistant or nurse practitioner must verify that the client's disabling condition is the result of continued drug or alcohol addiction. See 0013.15.54 (GA Basis – Drug/Alcohol Addiction).


GRH:

Follow MSA for clients who are aged, blind, or disabled.

For all other adults, the Qualified Professionals defined for MFIP, GA may determine if a person has an illness or disabling condition which limits the ability to work and provide self-support. Qualified Professionals also include the following:

FOR CHEMICAL DEPENDENCY: A treatment director, an alcohol and drug counselor supervisor, a licensed alcohol and drug counselor (LADC), or licensed physician.

A county human services agency may designate other qualified professionals as authorized to sign a Group Residential Housing - Professional Statement of Need (DHS-7122) (PDF).

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