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TITLE 40SOCIAL SERVICES AND ASSISTANCE
PART 1DEPARTMENT OF AGING AND DISABILITY SERVICES
CHAPTER 9INTELLECTUAL DISABILITY SERVICES--MEDICAID STATE OPERATING AGENCY RESPONSIBILITIES
SUBCHAPTER NTEXAS HOME LIVING (TXHML) PROGRAM AND COMMUNITY FIRST CHOICE (CFC)
RULE §9.579Certification Principles: Staff Member and Service Provider Requirements

(a) The program provider must ensure the continuous availability of trained and qualified employees and contractors to provide the services in an individual's IPC.

(b) The program provider must comply with applicable laws and regulations to ensure that:

  (1) its operations meet necessary requirements; and

  (2) its employees or contractors possess legally necessary licenses, certifications, registrations, or other credentials and are in good standing with the appropriate professional agency before performing any function or delivering services.

(c) The program provider must employ or contract with a service provider of the individual's or LAR's choice to provide a TxHmL Program service or a CFC service if that service provider:

  (1) is qualified to provide the service;

  (2) unless the program provider agrees to pay a higher amount, provides the service at or below:

    (A) for any service except CFC ERS, the direct services portion of the applicable TxHmL Program rate; and

    (B) for CFC ERS, the reimbursement rate; and

  (3) contracts with or is employed by the program provider.

(d) The program provider must:

  (1) conduct initial and periodic training that ensures staff members and service providers are trained and qualified to deliver services as required by the current needs and characteristics of the individual to whom they deliver services; and

  (2) ensure that a staff member who participates in developing an implementation plan for CFC PAS/HAB completes person-centered service planning training approved by HHSC:

    (A) by June 1, 2017, if the staff member was hired on or before June 1, 2015; or

    (B) within two years after hire, if the staff member was hired after June 1, 2015.

(e) The program provider must implement and maintain personnel practices that safeguard an individual against infectious and communicable diseases.

(f) The program provider must prevent:

  (1) conflicts of interest between program provider personnel and an individual;

  (2) financial impropriety toward an individual;

  (3) abuse, neglect, or exploitation of an individual; and

  (4) threats of harm or danger toward an individual's possessions.

(g) The program provider must employ or contract with a person who oversees the provision of TxHmL Program services and CFC services to an individual. The person must:

  (1) have at least three years paid work experience in planning and providing TxHmL Program services or CFC services to an individual with an intellectual disability or related condition as verified by written statements from the person's employer; or

  (2) have both of the following:

    (A) at least three years of experience planning and providing services similar to TxHmL Program services or CFC services to a person with an intellectual disability or related condition as verified by written statements from organizations or agencies that provided services to the person; and

    (B) participation as a member of a microboard, as verified in writing by:

      (i) the certificate of formation of the non-profit corporation under which the microboard operates filed with the Texas Secretary of State;

      (ii) the bylaws of the non-profit corporation; and

      (iii) a statement by the board of directors of the non-profit corporation that the person is a member of the microboard.

(h) The program provider must ensure that a service provider of community support, day habilitation, or respite is at least 18 years of age and:

  (1) has a high school diploma or a certificate recognized by a state as the equivalent of a high school diploma; or

  (2) has documentation of a proficiency evaluation of experience and competence to perform the job tasks that includes:

    (A) written competency-based assessment of the ability to document service delivery and observations of an individual to be served; and

    (B) at least three written personal references from persons not related by blood that indicate the ability to provide a safe, healthy environment for an individual being served.

(i) The program provider must ensure that a service provider of employment assistance or a service provider of supported employment:

  (1) is at least 18 years of age;

  (2) is not:

    (A) the spouse of the individual; or

    (B) a parent of the individual if the individual is a minor; and

  (3) has:

    (A) a bachelor's degree in rehabilitation, business, marketing, or a related human services field, and at least six months of paid or unpaid experience providing services to people with disabilities;

    (B) an associate's degree in rehabilitation, business, marketing, or a related human services field, and at least one year of paid or unpaid experience providing services to people with disabilities; or

    (C) a high school diploma or a certificate recognized by a state as the equivalent of a high school diploma, and at least two years of paid or unpaid experience providing services to people with disabilities.

(j) A program provider must ensure that the experience required by subsection (i) of this section is evidenced by:

  (1) for paid experience, a written statement from a person who paid for the service or supervised the provision of the service; and

  (2) for unpaid experience, a written statement from a person who has personal knowledge of the experience.

(k) The program provider must ensure that a service provider who provides transportation:

  (1) has a valid driver's license; and

  (2) transports individuals in a vehicle insured in accordance with state law.

(l) The program provider must ensure that dental treatment is provided by a dentist licensed in accordance with Texas Occupations Code, Chapter 256.

(m) The program provider must ensure that nursing is provided by an RN or an LVN.

(n) The program provider must ensure that adaptive aids meet applicable standards of manufacture, design, and installation.

(o) The program provider must ensure that a service provider of behavioral support:

  (1) meets one of the following:

    (A) is licensed as a psychologist in accordance with Texas Occupations Code, Chapter 501;

    (B) is licensed as a psychological associate in accordance with Texas Occupations Code, Chapter 501;

    (C) is certified by HHSC as described in §5.161 of this title (relating to Certified Authorized Provider);

    (D) is licensed as a licensed behavior analyst in accordance with Texas Occupations Code, Chapter 506;

    (E) has been issued a provisional license to practice psychology in accordance with Texas Occupations Code, Chapter 501;

    (F) is licensed as a licensed clinical social worker in accordance with Texas Occupations Code, Chapter 505; or

    (G) is licensed as a licensed professional counselor in accordance with Texas Occupations Code, Chapter 503; and

  (2) completes the web-based HHSC HCS and TxHmL Behavioral Support Services Provider Policy Training available on the HHSC website:

    (A) before providing behavioral support services;

    (B) within 90 calendar days after the date HHSC issues notice to program providers that HHSC revised the web-based training; and

    (C) within three years after the most recent date of completion.

(p) The program provider must ensure that minor home modifications are delivered by contractors who provide the service in accordance with state and local building codes and other applicable regulations.

(q) The program provider must ensure that a service provider of professional therapies is licensed for the specific therapeutic service provided as follows:

  (1) for audiology services, an audiologist licensed in accordance with Texas Occupations Code, Chapter 401;

  (2) for speech and language pathology services, a speech-language pathologist or licensed assistant in speech-language pathology licensed in accordance with Texas Occupations Code, Chapter 401;

  (3) for occupational therapy services, an occupational therapist or occupational therapy assistant licensed in accordance with Texas Occupations Code, Chapter 454;

  (4) for physical therapy services, a physical therapist or physical therapist assistant licensed in accordance with Texas Occupations Code, Chapter 453; and

  (5) for dietary services, a licensed dietitian licensed in accordance with Texas Occupations Code, Chapter 701.

(r) The program provider must comply with §49.304 of this title (relating to Background Checks).

(s) A program provider must comply with §49.312 of this title (relating to Personal Attendants).

(t) If the service provider of community support or CFC PAS/HAB is employed by or contracts with a contractor of a program provider, the program provider must ensure that the contractor complies with subsection (s) of this section as if the contractor were the program provider.

(u) A program provider must:

  (1) ensure that a service provider of CFC PAS/HAB:

    (A) is at least 18 years of age;

    (B) has:

      (i) a high school diploma or a certificate recognized by a state as the equivalent of a high school diploma; or

      (ii) documentation of a proficiency evaluation of experience and competence to perform the job tasks that includes:

        (I) a written competency-based assessment of the ability to document service delivery and observations of the individuals to be served; and

        (II) at least three written personal references from persons not related by blood that indicate the ability to provide a safe, healthy environment for the individuals being served;

    (C) is not:

      (i) the spouse of the individual; or

      (ii) a parent of the individual if the individual is a minor; and

    (D) meets any other qualifications requested by the individual or LAR based on the individual's needs and preferences; and

  (2) if requested by an individual or LAR:

    (A) allow the individual or LAR to train a CFC PAS/HAB service provider in the specific assistance needed by the individual and to have the service provider perform CFC PAS/HAB in a manner that comports with the individual's personal, cultural, or religious preferences; and

    (B) ensure that a CFC PAS/HAB service provider attends training by HHSC so the service provider meets any additional qualifications desired by the individual or LAR.


Source Note: The provisions of this §9.579 adopted to be effective January 5, 2003, 27 TexReg 12254; transferred effective September 1, 2004, as published in the Texas Register September 10, 2004, 29 TexReg 8841; amended to be effective March 1, 2007, 32 TexReg 544; amended to be effective January 1, 2014, 38 TexReg 9628; amended to be effective September 1, 2014, 39 TexReg 6549; amended to be effective November 15, 2015, 40 TexReg 7827; amended to be effective March 20, 2016, 41 TexReg 1867;amended to be effective October 1, 2019, 44 TexReg 5062; amended to be effective May 10, 2020, 45 TeReg 2886

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