Adult Evaluation and Review Services (AERS) is a Maryland Medicaid
program. It provides comprehensive evaluations for aged and functionally
disabled adults who need long term care and are at risk for
institutionalization. AERS staff are nurses and social workers. They
identify services that can help individuals either remain in the
community, or in the least restrictive environment where they are able
to function at the highest possible level of independence.
AERS staff are located in local health departments. The team,
consisting of nurses, social workers, psychologists and psychiatrists,
provides a comprehensive medical/nursing, environmental, and
psychosocial assessment. The evaluation is conducted in the individual’s
home or current residence. Upon completion of the evaluation, the team
develops a plan of care that recommends services that may enable the
individual to remain at home, or in the least restrictive environment.
Every effort is made to obtain the appropriate services to meet the
needs of each individual evaluated.
AERS staff evaluates individuals seeking placement in a nursing
facility who have, or are suspected of having, a diagnosis of mental
illness, a developmental disability, or both. The staff also evaluates
individuals, currently residing in a nursing facility, who screen
positive for mental illness, a developmental disability, or both, and
demonstrate a significant change in their physical or mental condition
as defined in federal regulations. A psychiatrist or psychologist
participates in the evaluation as appropriate.
AERS staff conducts a comprehensive preadmission evaluation on any
adult at risk of nursing home placement, as mandated by Maryland law.
The individual must be at risk for placement in a nursing home and be a
Medicaid recipient, or be eligible for Medicaid within six (6) months of
placement in a nursing facility.
AERS staff performs an evaluation on all individuals, ages 65 years
or older, who are referred for admission to a State psychiatric
facility. As required by Maryland law, AERS staff evaluates each
individual and makes a recommendation regarding their placement in the
least restrictive environment.
Following an AERS evaluation, an individual may request case
management services to assist them obtain services recommended in the
plan of care. The AERS program may refer the individual to a case
management provider or provide the services directly.
Anyone who identifies an individual who may need long term care
services, may request an evaluation by the AERS program. Referrals are
accepted from any concerned individual by phone, fax, mail, or in
person. There is no charge for an evaluation. Case management services
are provided at no charge to Medicaid recipients; others are charged on a
sliding fee schedule. Referrals may be forwarded to the local health
department or the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene Division of
Long Term Care Services, Office of Health Services, 201W. Preston St.,
Baltimore, MD. 21201, 410-767-6767.
201 W. Preston Street, Baltimore, MD 21201-2399
(410) 767-6500 or 1-877-463-3464