Intermediate Care Facilities for the Mentally Retarded (ICFs/MR)
This page provides basic information about being certified as a Medicare and/or Medicaid Intermediate Care Facilities for the Mentally Retarded (ICFs/MR) provider and includes links to applicable laws, regulations, and compliance information.
The ICF/MR benefit is an optional Medicaid benefit. The Social Security Act created this benefit to fund "institutions" (4 or more beds) for people with mental retardation, and specifies that these institutions must provide "active treatment," as defined by the Secretary. Currently, all 50 States have at least one ICF/MR facility. This program serves approximately 129,000 people with mental retardation and other related conditions. Most have other disabilities as well as mental retardation. Many of the individuals are non-ambulatory, have seizure disorders, behavior problems, mental illness, visual or hearing impairments, or a combination of the above. All must qualify for Medicaid assistance financially.
Since the implementation of the current regulations in 1988, there has been a major shift in thinking in the field of developmental disabilities. Emphasis is now on people living in their own homes, controlling their own lives and being an integral part of their home community. CMS recognized that the current 1988 ICF/MR regulations and survey process needed to be updated and therefore, undertook several major tasks in this program. This web site includes current CMS initiatives for the ICF/MR program.
- Section 1905(a)(16) of the Social Security Act - Opens in a new window
- Section 1902(a)(33) and (i)(1) of the Social Security Act - Opens in a new window
- Section 1922 of the Social Security Act - Opens in a new window
- Related Regulation - 42 CFR 435.1008 - 435.1009 - Opens in a new window
- 42 CFR 440.150 and 440.220 - Opens in a new window
- 42 CFR 442.118-119 - Opens in a new window
- 42 CFR 483.350 - 483.376 - Opens in a new window
- 42 CFR 498.3-5 - Opens in a new window
- Survey & Certification - Enforcement
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