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