Improved psychiatric care coming to the bluegrass
The Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) has approved Certificate of Need (CON) applications that will enable six regional providers to establish Level II Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facilities (PRTF) to serve Kentucky children with specialized physical and psychiatric needs with in-state, residential care. Kentucky has had Level I PRTF care since 1991, but did not have in-state care options available for children in need of more intensive services.
In 2009, an estimated 229 Kentucky children were being served in long-term psychiatric facilities in other states at a cost to the state of approximately $17 million per year. Recognizing the need for a higher level of skilled psychiatric care inside Kentuckyâ€™s borders, in March 2010 Governor Steve Beshear signed into law HB 231 â€” sponsored by Rep. Jimmie Lee of Elizabethtown â€” which created Level II inpatient residential treatment facilities.