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Appendix V: Definitions of Person Characteristics

APS Provider Investigations April 2017

The Persons Characteristics page in IMPACT is used to capture the characteristics of an individual. The description of all available characteristics in IMPACT is listed below.

Aged — A person age 65 years or older.

Alcohol abuse — A pattern of alcohol use leading to significant impairment in functioning. One of the following must be present within a 12-month period:

  • recurrent use resulting in a failure to fulfill major obligations at work, school, or home;

  • recurrent use in situations that are physically hazardous (such as driving while intoxicated);

  • legal problems resulting from recurrent use; or

  • continued use despite significant social or interpersonal problems caused by the substance use.

Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition

Autism — A brain development disorder that impairs social interaction and communication and causes restricted and repetitive behavior, all starting before a child is 3 years old.

Cognitively impaired — A brain disorder that results in diminished thinking ability. Some examples of individuals who are cognitively impaired include persons with traumatic brain injury, Alzheimer’s disease, and dementia.

Developmental disability-diagnosed — A diagnosis that:

  •  originated before the age of 18; and

  •  may prevent physical or cognitive development.

Cerebral palsy is considered a developmental disability.

Drug abuse — A pattern of drug use leading to significant impairment in functioning. One of the following must be present within a 12 month period:

  •  recurrent use resulting in a failure to fulfill major obligations at work, school, or home;

  •  recurrent use in situations which are physically hazardous (such as driving while intoxicated);

  •  legal problems resulting from recurrent use; or

  •  continued use despite significant social or interpersonal problems caused by the substance use.

Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition

Hearing impairment A condition that affects the frequency or intensity of one’s hearing.

HIV positive/AIDS — The presence of HIV antibodies or AIDS.

Limited English proficiency — Limited ability to read, write, speak, or understand English.

Medicaid waiver: receiving HCS services — Home and Community-based Services (HCS) from DADS.

Medicaid waiver: receiving MDCP/CLASS — Medically Dependent Children Program (MDCP) and Community Living Assistance and Support Services (CLASS) from DADS.

Medicaid waiver: waiting list — An interest (waiting to apply for services) list for any DADS waiver program. Examples of the programs are:

  •   Medically Dependent Children Program (MDCP);

  •   Community Living Assistance and Support Services (CLASS);

  •   Deaf Blind with Multiple Disabilities (DBMD);

  •   Home and Community-based Services (HCS); and

  •   Texas Home Living (TxHmL).

Mentally ill — A mental illness or disorder. Common examples are schizophrenia, bi-polar disorder, major depression, or anxiety disorders.

Intellectual and developmental disability — An IQ of 70 or below, concurrent with deficits in adaptive behavior that originated before the age of 18.

Military dependent — A person who is a spouse or a child of an individual in the military.

Mobility impaired — A person who:

  •   requires supervision of or assistance with mobility;

  •   uses a wheelchair;

  •   is restricted to bed; or

  •   while still independently mobile, demonstrates an unsteady gait or difficulty in walking.

Physically disabled — A condition that substantially impairs one or more basic physical activities such as walking, climbing stairs, reaching, lifting, or carrying.

Speech disabled — A condition that substantially impairs an individual’s ability to speak.

Undetermined immigration status — Immigration status is unknown.

Unqualified immigrant — An immigrant with legal or undetermined immigration status who is barred from most federal, state, and local public benefits.

Visually impaired — Blind or impaired vision.

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