222.60  Costs paid by county or state--diagnosis and evaluation.

All necessary and legal expenses for the cost of admission or commitment or for the treatment, training, instruction, care, habilitation, support and transportation of persons with mental retardation, as provided for in the county management plan provisions implemented pursuant to section 331.439, subsection 1, in a state hospital-school, or in a special unit, or any public or private facility within or without the state, approved by the director of the department of human services, shall be paid by either:

1.  The county in which such person has legal settlement as defined in section 252.16.

2.  The state when such person has no legal settlement or when such settlement is unknown.

Prior to a county of legal settlement approving the payment of expenses for a person under this section, the county may require that the person be diagnosed to determine if the person has mental retardation or that the person be evaluated to determine the appropriate level of services required to meet the person's needs relating to mental retardation. The diagnosis and the evaluation may be performed concurrently and shall be performed by an individual or individuals approved by the county who are qualified to perform the diagnosis or the evaluation. Following the initial approval for payment of expenses, the county of legal settlement may require that an evaluation be performed at reasonable time periods. The cost of a county- required diagnosis and an evaluation is at the county's expense. In the case of a person without legal settlement or whose legal settlement is unknown, the state may apply the diagnosis and evaluation provisions of this paragraph at the state's expense. A diagnosis or an evaluation under this section may be part of a county's single entry point process under section 331.440, provided that a diagnosis is performed only by an individual qualified as provided in this section.

A diagnosis of mental retardation under this section shall be made only when the onset of the person's condition was prior to the age of eighteen years and shall be based on an assessment of the person's intellectual functioning and level of adaptive skills. The diagnosis shall be made by an individual who is a psychologist or psychiatrist who is professionally trained to administer the tests required to assess intellectual functioning and to evaluate a person's adaptive skills.

A diagnosis of mental retardation shall be made in accordance with the criteria provided in the diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders, fourth edition, published by the American psychiatric association.

Section History: Early form

  [C39, § 3477.3, 3477.4, 3477.7; C46, 50, 54, 58, 62, § 223.14, 223.15, 223.18; C66, 71, 73, 75, 77, 79, 81, § 222.60]

Section History: Recent form

  83 Acts, ch 96, § 157, 159; 95 Acts, ch 82, §12; 95 Acts, ch 190, §1; 95 Acts, ch 206, §13

Internal References

  Referred to in § 222.78, 331.381

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