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Choosing an Intermediate Care Facility
The Intermediate Care Facility (ICF) Program enforces rules and regulations at over 500 facilities that serve clients with a developmental disability as defined in Section 102(8) of the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act 2000. The majority of these facilities are four to eight bed homes that provide supervised group living for individuals who are placed in the facilities by the Bureau of Developmental Disabilities Services (BDDS), a department in the Division of Disability and Rehabilitative Services (DDRS) in the Indiana Family and Social Services Agency.
Under an Agreement with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the Long Term Care Division of the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) is responsible for survey and certification of the Intermediate Care Facility for participation in Medicaid funding. ISDH staff conducts certification surveys and complaint investigations at these facilities. The surveys focus on the outcome of the facility’s implementation of active treatment services. The surveyor uses observation, interview and record review to assess whether the facility:
The ISDH is providing these consumer report summaries to assist clients, families and guardians, through coordination with BDDS, in making informed choices when considering which ICF to select. Be aware that no one tool or document can adequately assess the appropriateness of an ICF. The information provided in the ICF Consumer Reports cannot substitute for personal contact and thorough review of the facility when making a decision that is in the best interests of a particular individual. Consumers should contact the administrators or staff for each agency they are considering and spend time talking with clients, families, administrators, and staff members.
To get more information and tips on choosing an ICF, click on this link Resource List for ICF Consumers.
The Indiana State Department of Health is providing Consumer Reports for all certified ICF facilities within the State of Indiana. Because survey results are technical in nature, they are sometimes difficult for consumers to interpret. In an effort to make survey results more available and understandable, a summary was created for presenting key survey results, called the "ICF Consumer Report." This system was developed by the Indiana State Department of Health.
Click the link below to go to Consumer Reports
The information and procedures set forth in this Web site are subject to constant change and therefore should serve only as a foundation for further investigation and study of the matters covered by the Web site. Furthermore, all information and procedures contained herein should be very carefully reviewed and should serve only as a guide for use in specific situations.
It is important to note that the reports are updated every two weeks and the data presented is aged approximately two weeks before being published. This period of time is required to ensure that confidential survey information is not made public before it is legally allowed. Therefore, the data contained in the reports is approximately one month old.
In addition to being aware of the dates and the age of the data, it is important to understand that the data is manually entered into a database which leaves the potential for human error. If an error was made by the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH), it will be corrected in the database and the Web page as soon as possible. The ICF's and the public are encouraged to notify the ISDH of any discrepancies found in the data presented in order to improve our overall data quality. However, before contacting ISDH, please consider the age and date of the data. Comments and corrections can be e-mailed to ISDH at Providers@isdh.state.in.us.
The Indiana State Department of Health hereby disclaims any and all responsibility or liability which may be asserted or claimed arising from or claimed to have arisen from reliance upon the procedures and information or utilization of the information set forth in this Web site, or for any data inaccuracies contained in this Web site.
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