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OMHSAS remains committed to developing a consumer-driven, recovery-oriented mental health service system by continuing to reduce the use of state psychiatric inpatient services. CHIPP funds support individuals discharged from state hospitals by creating community-based services and supports. Counties receiving an annual allocation for CHIPP funding, as a categorical or as part of their Human Services Block Grant, are required to comply with these guidelines, which replace the CHIPP guidelines issued in 1999.

Community Hospital Integration Projects Program (CHIPP) Guidelines – July 2013

What is CHIPPs?

The Community/Hospital Projects Program (CHIPPs) is a state initiative, in partnership with local county mental health agencies that enables the discharge of people served in Pennsylvania state hospitals who have extended lengths of stay and/or complex service needs to less restrictive community-based programs and supports. CHIPPs was designed to develop the needed resources for successful community placement of individuals that include case management services, residential services and rehabilitation/treatment services. It was created to build local community capacity for diversionary services to prevent unnecessary future hospital admissions.

CHIPPs is dependent on the involvement of the consumer and family in the design, implementation and monitoring of individual Community Support Plans. CHIPPs was built upon Community Support Program principles that require consumers, family members and persons in recovery be involved in the decision making process. The County submits proposal to state for CHIPP discharges as part of annual plan. Assessments (Family, Clinical and Peer) are completed with people identified for likely CHIPP discharge. The County then submits CHIPP budget to state for approval. The County works with local area provider agencies to begin the discharge process and identify best match of consumers. State hospital beds are closed as people are discharged and the State transfers state hospital funds to the county budget to support those discharged. CHIPP funding is annualized. The entire process takes approximately 12 months to complete.

Facts about CHIPPs

  • Started in fiscal year 1991/92.
  • from 6/30/1991 to 8/1/2007 the hospital census has gone from 6,611 to 1,977. A 70% decrease in the number of state hospital beds.
  • Admissions declined from 4,682 to 1,000 during this same period.
  • More than 80% of the state MH budget is now spent on community based services.
  • More than 2,500 state hospital beds have been closed since 1992 including the closure of 3 hospitals.
  • Builds local community capacity and infrastructure.
  • Minimizes the need for new revenues to support people with Serious Mental Illness.
  • Initially, 4 people could be served in the community with the funds needed to support 1 person in a state hospital.
  • 3,007 individuals have been discharged into the community through June 30, 2011. This includes CHIPPs, SIPPs, and Jimmies. Funding totals $260.2 million to support these discharges

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Pennsylvania OMHSAS Community Integration Project - Final Report

UPENN Collaborative on Community Integration

The UPENN Collaborative on Community Intgeration is the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (RRTC) devoted to promoting community integration for individuals with psychiatric disabilities. The Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services partners with the UPENN Collaborative on various projects such as County Community Integration projects and the Certified Peer Specialist program.

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