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8234 Hospital Sitting Services

8234.1 Authorizing Service

CPS November 2006

A worker may authorize this service when a child is in the hospital for extensive amounts of time, needs a sitter, and neither the worker nor the foster parents are available.

8234.2 Determining Eligibility

CPS November 2006

Eligible clients are children who:

  •  Are in the managing conservatorship of DFPS; and

  •  Are in a hospital.

Note: Other situations requiring a sitter need a program waiver.

8234.3 Identifying Available Services

CPS November 2006

The Hospital Sitting Services available through the contract are:

  •  24-hour care of children by trained and supervised hospital sitters during a child's hospital stay; and

  •  On call service, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Note: Hospital sitting services do not include medical or nursing care.


8234.7 Handling Additional Duties, and

8233.6 Terminating Services

8234.4 Referring Clients

CPS November 2006

For complete referral instructions, see:

8161.1 Active Cases — Authorizing, Extending, or Terminating Direct Services

8234.5 Using IMPACT

CPS November 2006

To authorize services, workers must enter the following details into the IMPACT case management system:

Hospital Sitting Services








Emergency Homemaker





Note: There is not a separate code at this time for Hospital Sitting Services; the services must be billed under Emergency Homemaker Services.

8234.51 When IMPACT is Unavailable

CPS November 2006

If the IMPACT case management system is not functioning or the worker is otherwise unable to access it, the worker may authorize hospital sitting services by submitting a paper copy of Form 2054, Service Authorization.

For complete instructions, see: 

8164 Manual Authorization — Submitting a Paper Form

8234.6 Handling Additional Duties

CPS November 2006

To authorize additional units of service or extend or reauthorize the service, the worker must follow the procedures in:

8161.1 Active Cases — Authorizing, Extending, or Terminating Direct Services

8234.7 Terminating Services

CPS November 2006

If the hospital sitting service is being terminated before the end date on Form 2054, Service Authorization, see:

8161.1 Active Cases — Authorizing, Extending, or Terminating Direct Services

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