Definitions

SED – Severe Emotional Disturbance

This is a label for a child with an emotional disturbance that meets one of the following criteria:

1.  In the last 3 years has been admitted to inpatient/residential psychological treatment or is at risk of being admitted to inpatient/residential psychological treatment;

2. A resident of MN and is already receiving inpatient treatment/residential treatment in another state;

3. A mental health professional has determined that the child has one of the following:

a. psychosis or clinical depression, or
b. Is at risk of harming self or others as a result of an emotional disturbance, or
c. psycho pathological symptoms as a result of being a victim of physical or sexual abuse

4. As the result of an emotional disturbance the child is significantly impaired  functioning at home, school or in the community that has lasted at least one year or that in the written opinion of a mental health professional presents substantial risk for lasting at least one year.

SPMI– Serious and Persistent Mental Illness:

A condition diagnosed by a mental health professional that  meets at least one of the following:

1.  individual had 2 or more episodes of inpatient care for mental illness in the past 24 months

2. individual had continuous psychiatric hospitalization exceeding 6 months in the preceding 12 months;

3. individual has diagnosis of: schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, major depression or borderline personality disorder, is significantly impaired in functioning and a mental health professional has written an opinion that individual is likely to have future episodes requiring hospitalization unless community support service are provided

4. in the past 3 years, the individual has been committed by a court as a mentally ill person

5. the individual is eligible under one of the above but the specified time period has expired, and

6. the individual had a severe emotional disturbance as a child and in the written opinion of a mental health professional in the past 3 years, the individual is likely to have future episodes requiring inpatient hospitalization unless ongoing community support is provided.

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