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RULE §451.110Policies and Procedures

(a) The peer assistance program shall operate according to written policies and procedures designed to support the implementation of the program description. The policies and procedures must comply with the requirements of the commission and any additional requirements of the state legislature or the licensing/disciplinary authority that established the program.

(b) There must be at least one professional who is recovering from chemical dependency and one professional who has recovered from mental illness involved in program and policy development. These individuals may be members of the governing board, staff, or members of an advisory committee for the program.

(c) The written policies and procedures must state philosophy and methods for program operation including:

  (1) the licensing/disciplinary authority's role in the process and the program's relationship to the authority;

  (2) procedures for maintaining confidentiality;

  (3) compliance with applicable state and federal legal authority and regulations;

  (4) eligibility criteria for participants;

  (5) the diagnoses that will be accepted;

  (6) all formal agreements (including consents for disclosure) required of participants;

  (7) a description of the following processes, including (where applicable) how they apply to self-referrals/participants:

    (A) referral;

    (B) intervention;

    (C) drug testing;

    (D) treatment;

    (E) return to work;

    (F) crisis and relapse;

    (G) noncompliance;

    (H) dismissal;

    (I) moving out of state; and

    (J) completions.

  (8) the program's role in the accessing of treatment by the participant;

  (9) participant records and related documentation;

  (10) program's relationship to reporting (third) parties; and

  (11) the criteria to be used for selection of assessment and treatment referral resources.

(d) The manual shall be current and staff shall have access to applicable information.

Source Note: The provisions of this §451.110 adopted to be effective June 21, 1998, 23 TexReg 6246; transferred effective September 1, 2004, as published in the Texas Register September 10, 2004, 29 TexReg 8842

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