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Residential Treatment Facility IPPRO Survey Results
May 11, 2005

Preliminary Results Reported by Deputy Secretary Erney
Deputy Secretary Joan Erney, Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, shared some of the preliminary results from the most recent IPPRO Residential Treatment Facility (RTF) chart audit. Addressing a group during the children's interagency conference in April, Deputy Secretary Erney presented some of the preliminary findings from the 2004 survey of nearly 1,000 client records. These preliminary results showed consistent improvements in services documented by RTF providers in the following indicator areas:

  • Family involvement within seven days of admission: 88.3 % (42.3% in the 2000 survey)
  • Scheduled follow up at time of discharge: 35.0% (5.5% in the 2000 survey)
  • Planned medication referral at discharge: 50.3% (40.6% in the 2000 survey)

While the documented amount of family involvement has achieved targeted levels, the other two areas noted in her presentation showed marked improvements but fell short of the established target levels. This will allow providers to better assess current strengths and effective practices to build on these improvements.

Planning for the Future
PCPA and the Pennsylvania Council of Children, Youth and Family Services have begun planning to reconvene their joint Residential Treatment Work Group. The goal is to hold this meeting before the summer and address such topics as the findings from the IPPRO survey, the Department of Public Welfare’s restraint reduction initiative, and the impact of integrated service planning and Medicaid realignment on residential services. Look for more information about this meeting in the coming weeks.

For more information contact Connell O'Brien at PCPA.

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