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Division of Behavioral Health Services


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An incident or occurrence that is or was likely to constitute a violation of a state or federal statute, regulation, court decision or other law.

Immediate Response

An expedited and instant response to a person who may be in need of medically necessary covered behavioral health services. An immediate response should be initiated without delay, within a timeframe indicated by the person's clinical needs, but no later than two hours from the initial identification of need.

In-network services

Services provided by Tribal and Regional Behavioral Health Authority (T/RBHA) contracted providers.

Incapacitated Person

Any person who is impaired by reason of a mental illness, mental deficiency, mental disorder, physical illness or disability, chronic use of drugs, chronic intoxication, or other cause, except minority, to the extent that he lacks sufficient understanding or capacity to make or communicate responsible decisions concerning his person.

Incident, Accident or Death

An unexpected occurrence that harms or has the potential to harm a person, and/or a death or sentinel event as described in the DBHS BQ & I Specifications Manual.

Independent Community Housing

A setting where a person can live either alone or with a roommate in a home or apartment without on-going daily supervision from behavioral health providers. Options include: HUD Section 8 programs through local Public Housing Authorities; Low-income subsidized housing through local non-profit organizations; Shelter Plus Care and Supportive Housing Programs funded with federal grants and administered by RBHA contracted housing providers; State subsidized rental units; and Permanent Houses and apartments purchased with HB 2003 funding.

Independent Licensed Practitioners

Behavioral health professionals who are Physicians (MD and DO), Licensed Psychologists, Nurse Practitioners, or Physician Assistants and the following behavioral health professionals who are licensed by the Arizona Board of Behavioral Health Examiners and authorized to practice without direct supervision: Licensed Clinical Social Workers, Licensed Professional Counselors, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists, and Licensed Independent Substance Abuse Counselors.

Independent Living Setting

A setting in which a person lives without supervision or in-home services provided by a T/RBHA or subcontracted provider agency.


Any person currently or previously enrolled in a T/RBHA.

Individually Identifiable Health Information

Information, including demographic data, that relates to the individual's past, present or future physical or mental health or condition, the provision of health care to the individual, or the past, present, or future payment for the provision of health care to the individual, and that identifies the individual or for which there is a reasonable basis to believe can be used to identify the individual. (45 C.F.R. § 160.103)

Individual Service Plan (ISP)

A complete written description of all covered behavioral health services and other informal supports that have been identified through the assessment process that will assist the person to meet his/her specified goals. The ISP is documented in the comprehensive clinical record and provided to all agencies involved in providing services identified on the ISP.

Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health

The ability of children from birth to age five to grow, develop and learn in a way that enhances their psychological, physical, social and emotional health both as an individual and in relationship to their caregivers, environment and culture with respect for each child's uniqueness.

Informed Consent

A Voluntary agreement, oral or written, except when explicitly required to be written, following presentation of all facts necessary to form the basis of an intelligent consent by the person or guardian prior to the provision of specified behavioral health services.


An incident, condition or occurrence that is demeaning to a person with Serious Mental Illness or which is inconsistent with the proper regard for the right of the person to humane treatment.

Initial Assessment

The assessment of a person made by a behavioral health professional or a behavioral health technician under the supervision of a behavioral health professional between the person's first visit with the behavioral health professional or behavioral health technician and the completion of the interim service plan.

Inpatient Services

A behavioral health service provided in a psychiatric acute hospital (including a psychiatric unit in a general hospital), a residential treatment center for persons under the age of 21, or a sub-acute facility.

Inpatient treatment and discharge plan or "ITDP"

Is the written plan for services to a client prepared and implemented by an inpatient facility in accordance with the R9-21-101, et seq.

Institution for Mental Disease (IMD)

A hospital, nursing facility, or other institution of more than 16 beds that is primarily engaged in providing diagnosis, treatment, or care of persons with mental diseases, including medical attention, nursing care, and related services. An institution is an IMD if its overall character is that of a facility established and maintained primarily for the care and treatment of individuals with mental diseases.

Institutionalized individual

An institutionalized individual means a full-benefit dual eligible individual who is an inpatient in a medical institution or nursing facility for which payment is made under Medicaid throughout a month, as defined under section 1902(q)(1)(B) of the Act.


The collection by appropriately trained T/RBHA/provider staff of basic demographic information about a person in order to enroll him/her in the ADHS/DBHS system, to screen for Title XIX/XXI AHCCCS eligibility and to determine the need for any copayments.


The collection by appropriately trained T/RBHA/provider staff of basic information about a Non- Title XIX/XXI eligible person in order to enroll him/her in the ADHS/DBHS system, to screen for Title XIX/XXI AHCCCS eligibility and to determine the need for any copayments.

Integrated Health Care Services/Integrated Care

Coordinating and integrating primary and behavioral health care to produce improved access to primary care services, increased prevention, early identification, and intervention to reduce the incidence of serious physical illness, including chronic disease. Increasing and promoting the availability of integrated, holistic care for members with chronic behavioral and physical health conditions will help members achieve better overall health and an improved quality of life.

Integrated Regional Behavioral Health Authority (RBHA)

A Regional Behavioral Health Authority under contract with the Arizona Department of Health Services, to administer behavioral health services and physical health services to Title XIX/XXI eligible persons determined to have a Serious Mental Illness (SMI).

Inter-class Polypharmacy

Defined as more than three medications prescribed at the same time from different classes of medications for the overall treatment of behavioral health disorders. The medical record must contain documentation specifically describing the rationale and justification for the combined use.

Inter-Rater Reliability (IRR)

The degree of agreement among individuals making medical necessity decisions which include, but are not limited to, prior authorizations, concurrent review, and retrospective review.


The transfer of oral speech from a source language into a target language while maintaining the speaker's intent.


A service, practice, treatment or variable that can create change.

Intra-class Polypharmacy

Defined as more than two medications prescribed at the same time within the same class, other than for cross-tapering purposes. The person's medical record must contain documentation specifically describing the rationale and justification for the combined use.