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TITLE 40SOCIAL SERVICES AND ASSISTANCE
PART 2DEPARTMENT OF ASSISTIVE AND REHABILITATIVE SERVICES
CHAPTER 108EARLY CHILDHOOD INTERVENTION SERVICES
SUBCHAPTER CSTAFF QUALIFICATIONS
RULE §108.313Early Intervention Specialist (EIS)

(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; or

  (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 in:

      (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 active status.

  (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 HHSC ECI.

(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

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