|(a) The contractor must comply with HHSC ECI requirements
related to minimum qualifications for an EIS. An EIS must either:
(1) be registered as an EIS before September 1, 2011;
(2) hold a bachelor's degree which includes a minimum
of 18 hours of semester course credit relevant to early childhood
intervention, with at least three of the 18 hours of semester course
credit in early childhood development or early childhood special education.
(A) Forty clock hours of continuing education in early
childhood development or early childhood special education completed
within three years prior to employment as an EIS may substitute for
the three hour semester course credit requirement in early childhood
development or early childhood special education. The EIS must complete
these hours before the EIS is entered in the EIS Registry.
(B) Coursework or previous training in early childhood
development is required to ensure that an EIS understands the development
of infants and toddlers because the provision of SST for which an
EIS is solely responsible depends on significant knowledge of typical
child development. Therefore, the content of the coursework or training
must relate to the growth, development, and education of the young
child and may include courses or training in:
(i) child growth and development;
(ii) child psychology;
(iii) children with special needs; or
(iv) typical language development.
(b) The contractor must comply with HHSC ECI requirements
related to continuing education for an EIS. An EIS must complete:
(1) a minimum of 20 contact hours of approved continuing
education every two years; and
(2) an additional three contact hours of continuing
education in ethics every two years.
(c) The contractor must comply with HHSC ECI requirements
related to supervision of an EIS.
(1) The contractor must provide an EIS supervision
as defined in §108.309(e) of this title (relating to Minimum
Requirements for All Direct Service Staff) as required by HHSC ECI.
(2) An EIS supervisor must:
(A) have two years of experience providing ECI services,
or two years of experience supervising staff who provide other early
childhood intervention services to children and families; and
(B) be an active EIS or hold a bachelor's degree or
graduate degree from an accredited university with a specialization
(i) child development, special education, psychology,
social work, sociology, nursing, rehabilitation counseling, human
development, or related field; or
(ii) an unrelated field and have at least 18 hours
of semester course credit in child development.
(d) Requirements for EIS active status and EIS inactive
status are as follows:
(1) Only an EIS with active status is allowed to provide
early childhood intervention services to children and families. An
EIS on inactive status may not perform activities requiring the EIS
(2) An EIS goes on inactive status when:
(A) the EIS fails to submit the required documentation
by the designated deadline.
(i) Orientation to ECI training must be completed within
30 days, from the EIS's start date.
(ii) If an EIS is transferring from another program,
the Orientation to ECI training must be completed within 30 days from
the EIS's start date unless the EIS has documentation he or she has
completed the current Orientation module.
(iii) All credentialing activities (Final IPDP) must
be completed within one year from the EIS's start date.
(B) the EIS is no longer employed by a contractor;
an EIS may return to active status from inactive status by:
(i) submitting 10 contact hours of continuing education
for every continuing education due date that was missed while the
EIS was on inactive status; and
(ii) submitting documentation of three contact hours
of ethics training within the last two years.
(3) An EIS who has been on inactive status for longer
than 24 months from his or her first missed continuing education submission
date must complete all credentialing activities.
(4) EIS active status is considered reinstated after
the information is entered into the EIS Registry and is approved by
(e) The contractor must comply with HHSC ECI requirements
related to ethics for an EIS. An EIS who violates any of the standards
of conduct in §108.314 of this subchapter (relating to EIS Code
of Ethics) is subject to the contractor's disciplinary procedures.
Additionally, the contractor must complete an EIS Code of Ethics Incident
Report and send a copy to HHSC ECI.
|Source Note: The provisions of this §108.313 adopted to be effective September 1, 2011, 36 TexReg 5387; amended to be effective July 1, 2012, 37 TexReg 4621; amended to be effective September 1, 2013, 38 TexReg 5524; amended to be effective March 7, 2015, 40 TexReg 939; amended to be effective June 30, 2019, 44 TexReg 3280