Comprehensive Assessment and Review for Long-Term Care Services (CARES) is Florida’s federally mandated pre-admission screening program for nursing home applicants. A registered nurse and/or assessor performs client assessments. A physician or registered nurse reviews each application to determine the level of care that is most appropriate for the applicant. The assessment identifies long-term care needs, establishes the appropriate level of care (medical eligibility for nursing facility care) and recommends the least restrictive, most appropriate placement.

Services or Activities

    • Medical eligibility for the Medicaid Institutional Care Program (ICP)
    • Medical eligibility for several Medicaid waivers that provide community services
    • Medical assessment for all mentally ill clients for ICP
    • Medical assessment for all developmentally disabled clients for ICP
    • Medical assessment for residents in nursing facilities entering court-ordered receivership
    • Medical utilization review of Medicaid nursing home residents for continuing eligibility

PSA 5A- Pasco and Pinellas Counties

11351 Ulmerton Road, Suite 303
Largo, FL 33778
(727) 588-6882

To learn more about the DOEA CARES Unit see the DOEA web site page for the CARES Unit here.