2020 Wyoming Statutes
Title 25 - Institutions of the State
Chapter 5 - Life Resource Center
Section 25-5-102 - Definitions.

Universal Citation: WY Stat § 25-5-102 (2020)

25-5-102. Definitions.

(a) Repealed By Laws 2008, Ch. 70, § 2, Ch. 85, § 2.

(b) As used in this act:

(i) "Acquired brain injury" means any combination of focal and diffuse central nervous system dysfunction, at the brain stem level and above, acquired after birth through the interaction of any external forces and the body, oxygen deprivation, infection, toxicity, surgery or vascular disorders not associated with aging;

(ii) "Active treatment" means a program which includes aggressive, consistent implementation of a program of specialized and generic training, treatment, health services and related services that is directed toward:

(A) The acquisition of the behaviors necessary for the client to function with as much self determination and independence as possible; and

(B) The prevention or deceleration of regression or loss of current optimal functional status.

(iii) "Adaptive behavior" means the collection of conceptual, social and practical skills that have been learned by people in order to function in their everyday lives;

(iv) "Administrator" means the administrator of the division;

(v) "Assistive technology device" and "assistive technology service" mean as defined in 42 U.S.C. 15002;

(vi) "Center" means the Wyoming life resource center at Lander, Wyoming;

(vii) "Child" means any person under the age of eighteen (18);

(viii) "Client" means a person who has a disability and has been determined eligible, pursuant to department rules and regulation, and is receiving services from one (1) of the center's programs;

(ix) "Client services" means diagnosis, education, training and care of persons who have been admitted to the center;

(x) "Conservator" means as defined in W.S. 3-1-101(a)(iii);

(xi) "Department" means the state department of health;

(xii) "Director" means the director of the department of health;

(xiii) "Disability" means a developmental disability as defined in 42 U.S.C. 15002 or a disability resulting from an acquired brain injury;

(xiv) "Division" means the behavioral health division of the department of health;

(xv) "Guardian" means as defined in W.S. 3-1-101(a)(v);

(xvi) "Guardian ad litem" means as defined in W.S. 3-1-101(a)(vi);

(xvii) "Incompetent person" means adjudicated as meeting the definition in W.S. 3-1-101(a)(ix);

(xviii) "Individual program plan" means a written statement of long-term and short-term goals and strategies for providing specially designed services to meet each client's individual educational, physical, emotional and training needs;

(xix) "Informed choice" means making a decision based on adequate information. As appropriate, such information may include consideration regarding providers, methods, costs, duration, accessibility, customer satisfaction, probabilities, sources and consequences;

(xx) "Intellectual disability" means significantly subaverage general intellectual functioning with concurrent deficits in adaptive behavior manifested during the developmental period. "Intellectually disabled" means a person with an intellectual disability;

(xxi) "Interdisciplinary team" means a group that represents the person, the person's family or guardian, or the professions, disciplines or service areas that are relevant to identifying the client's needs, as described in the comprehensive functional assessments and program design. The department shall provide by rule and regulation for the composition of interdisciplinary teams;

(xxii) "Intermediate care facility for people with intellectual disability" means an intermediate care facility for individuals with intellectual disabilities (ICF/IID), as this phrase is used in applicable federal statutes, rules and regulations;

(xxiii) "Least restrictive environment" means the program, service and location which least inhibits a person's freedom of movement, informed decision making and participation in community life while achieving the purposes of habilitation and treatment which best meet the needs of the person. The determination of least restrictive environment shall be individualized, based on a person's need for medical, therapeutic, rehabilitative and developmental services and as a result of informed choice of the person or, if the person is a minor or a ward, his parent or guardian;

(xxiv) "Most appropriate" means an individualized determination of a person's need for medical, therapeutic, rehabilitative and developmental services, based upon professional assessment and the informed choice of the person or, if the person is a minor or ward, his parent or guardian;

(xxv) "Most integrated" means the setting that enables a person with a disability to have access to the same opportunities as a person without a disability to the fullest extent possible, including opportunities to live, learn, work, recreate and participate in family and community activities. Determinations of most integrated shall be individualized and based upon professional assessment and the informed choice of the person or, if the person is a minor or ward, his parent or guardian;

(xxvi) "Program manager" means the on-site supervisor and manager of the center;

(xxvii) "Screening team" means a group of appropriate professionals, appointed by the director pursuant to rules and regulations of the department, and assigned by the administrator to perform preliminary testing and assessment of persons for purposes of determining eligibility for services at the center;

(xxviii) "Ward" means as defined in W.S. 3-1-101(a)(xv);

(xxix) "This act" means W.S. 25-5-101 through 25-5-135;

(xxx) "Domiciliary care" means the domiciliary care program, as defined by applicable federal statutes, rules and regulations;

(xxxi) "Exceptionally difficult behaviors" means a high level of assaultive or self-injurious behavior in a person with an intellectual disability or organic brain syndrome. These behaviors may include aggression and violent behavior, wandering, sexually inappropriate behavior, self-endangering behaviors or medication noncompliance. The level of behaviors shall be measured by a standardized assessment and pursuant to criteria established by the department under W.S. 25-5-105(a)(i);

(xxxii) "Hard to place" means a person who is:

(A) Eligible for skilled nursing facility services pursuant to the long-term care assessment defined in W.S. 42-6-102(a)(vii);

(B) Does not meet the criteria of paragraph (xxxi), (xxxiii) or (xxxiv) of this subsection; and

(C) For whom no community skilled nursing facility service provider has been identified in the state within a time period defined by the department.

(xxxiii) "High medical need" means a person who is:

(A) Eligible for skilled nursing facility services pursuant to the long term care assessment defined in W.S. 42-6-102(a)(vii);

(B) Does not meet the criteria of paragraph (xxxi) or (xxxiv) of this subsection; and

(C) Would qualify for the extraordinary care nursing facility reimbursement rate, as defined by the department.

(xxxiv) "Organic brain syndrome" means a decrease in mental function due to a medical disease, other than mental illness, as defined by the department. Organic brain syndrome may be the result of an acquired brain injury or the result of dementia caused by trauma, hypoxia, cardiovascular conditions including thrombotic and embolic events or degenerative, infectious, alcohol and drug related or metabolic disorders;

(xxxv) "Skilled nursing facility services" means skilled nursing facility services as defined by applicable federal statutes, rules and regulations.

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