Community Mental Health Journal

, Volume 49, Issue 4, pp 389–395 | Cite as

State Regulations for Nursing Home Residents with Serious Mental Illness

  • Debra Street
  • Victor Molinari
  • Donna Cohen
Original Paper


To identify state regulations for nursing home residents with Serious Mental Illness (SMI). We reviewed state regulations for policies relating to nursing home residents with SMI, and conducted interviews with expert stakeholders. A framework for analyzing state regulations was generated by identifying four discrete categories: States with specific mental illness regulations, Alzheimer’s or dementia regulations, minor mention of mental illness, and no mention of mental illness. A large majority of the states have little or no mention of mental illness in their nursing home regulations, suggesting limited attention to all forms of mental illness by most state regulatory bodies.


SMI Long term care State regulations 



This research was funded by a research grant from The State of Florida Agency for Health Care Administration. The authors would like to acknowledge Cassi Meyerhoffer, Robert Michael Goggin, Kimberly McGann, and Jennifer Greene for their assistance with data collection, and Jeralynn Cossman and Barbara Dombrowski for helpful comments.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of SociologyThe State University of New York at BuffaloBuffaloUSA
  2. 2.School of Aging Studies, College of Behavioral and Community SciencesUniversity of South FloridaTampaUSA
  3. 3.Department of Child & Family StudiesUniversity of South FloridaTampaUSA

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