RCPA - Rehabilitation and Community Providers Association


OMR Enforces Consumer/Family Input to PUNS
July 30, 2003

Office of Mental Retardation Deputy Secretary Kevin Casey outlined new requirements “to ensure that consumers and families are actively engaged in the Prioritization of Urgency of Need for Services (PUNS) process” in a July 16 letter to county MH/MR Administrators. The letter outlines steps to be taken by supports coordinators to demonstrate that involvement. All parties must sign the PUNS form, in order for the PUNS to be considered valid. Provisions are made for individuals or guardians to choose participation by phone, but even then signatures must be obtained unless the individual or guardian/family member chooses not to sign. The Supports Coordinator may not make that choice.

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