A Level of Care Utilization System (LOCUS) assessment is a level of care tool to help determine the resource intensity needs of individuals who receive adult mental health services. The mental health provider must complete the LOCUS Recording Form (DHS-6249) prior to delivering the following MHCP services:
Refer to the program links above to determine eligible providers for these services in order to complete the LOCUS Recording Form.
Complete a LOCUS assessment to define the case manager’s responsibilities concerning:
MHCP requires documented clinical justification for additional services. The written clinical justification must include how the additional services currently meet or will meet the individual’s resource intensity needs. Include a brief description of the variance in the Reason for Variance field of the LOCUS Recording form, and include a more in-depth description in the recipient’s medical record. This can be on a separate form, as part of a clinical summary or a part of the interpretive summary (if completed by the MH professional).
At the time of admission into the program, a LOCUS assessment recently completed by another provider, agency or county may be used. A new assessment is not required if all of the following apply:
The clinical supervisor can decide to complete a new LOCUS at the time of admission.
A LOCUS is valid for a maximum of 180 days (six months) from the date it is signed by the mental health professional. Complete a new assessment:
If the recipient ends services without notice and leaves before a discharge LOCUS can be completed, indicate in the discharge summary or elsewhere why the discharge LOCUS was unable to be completed.
MS 245.461 to 245.468 Minnesota Comprehensive Adult Mental Health Act
MS 245.462 Definitions
MS 256B.0625, subd. 20, Mental Health Case Management