(a)  When release of a client can be anticipated and the need for continued treatment has been identified, each client shall have a written individualized aftercare plan.

(b)  The aftercare plan shall:

(1)           be formulated by qualified professionals;

(2)           inform the client of how and where to receive treatment or habilitation services;

(3)           identify continuing treatment or habilitation needs; addressing issues, such as food, housing, and employment;

(4)           indicate the need and the plan, if applicable, to involuntarily commit (inpatient or outpatient);

(5)           involve the respective area program or state facility, when indicated;

(6)           address the procurement and availability of medication prescribed for mental health problems for the released client, regardless of his ability to pay;

(7)           address the use and coordination of generic resources in the community, which may be through Employment Security Services, Vocational Rehabilitation Services, community colleges, and YMCA; and

(8)           be provided to the client.

(c)  The Department shall designate a qualified professional to assist the client in establishing contact with the respective area program or state‑operated facility.

(d)  The designee shall be responsible for providing information to the area program or state‑operated facility to ensure continuity of treatment upon the client's release.


History Note:        Authority G.S. 148‑19(d);

Eff. January 4, 1994;

Pursuant to G.S. 150B-21.3A, rule is necessary without substantive public interest Eff. June 20, 2015.