Institute for the Mentally Ill (IMD)

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IMDs are long term care psychiatric facilities, licensed by State DHS and/or State DMH, that are contracted by DMH to provide care for persons who no longer meet criteria for acute care but are not clinically ready to live in a board and care facility or to live independently.

An IMD is also a locked facility for patients that are higher functioning than a sub-acute level, but still require a locked setting.  Again, the PG or family member acts as the conservator, and the patients length of stay is determined by their mental stability and improvement.

“IMD exclusion,” to allow Medicaid in CA Medi Cal to pay for short-term stays of adults ages 21-64 in psychiatric hospitals and facilities.

Note: IMD stands for “Institutions for Mental Disease,” an outdated term that remains in federal law.

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7 comments on “IMD – Institute for Mental Disease

    • I would imagine so. Have your therapist check with the specific institution you want to go to. I’m not a therapist… I haven’t read 1/2 the material I’ve linked to here.

  1. i have a granddaughter who is mentally ill . Her diagnosis is Bipolar Schizophrenia .
    She is currently in Los Angeles Ca , i have LPS Conservatorship ,she has medi cal insurance .
    I am trying to get her moved closer to where i live which is here in Temecula,Ca .

    My question is do you except her insurance or do you except Medi Medi ?

  2. I was wondering if I can put my son in a IMD facility from collage hospital Costa Mesa.

    He has cal optima and me and my wife are LPS conservators.

    He is unable to function in society and unable to provide for himself and hygiene.

    He is also a marijuana as meth user.

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