An EIS must observe and comply with the following standards
(1) An EIS must comply with the policies and procedures
of both the contractor and HHSC ECI.
(2) An EIS must operate only within the boundaries
provided by their education, training, and credentials.
(3) An EIS must take measures to avoid imposing or
(4) An EIS must truthfully represent their services,
professional credentials, and qualifications. The EIS must inform
families of the scope and limitations of their credentials.
(5) An EIS must strive to maintain and improve their
professional knowledge, skills, and abilities.
(6) An EIS must maintain the confidentiality of families
served by the contractor's ECI program in accordance with the policies
and procedures of HHSC ECI.
(7) An EIS must establish professional boundaries and
avoid establishing dual relationships or conflicts of interest with
families. Any prior relationships with a family member must be reported
to the EIS's supervisor immediately.
(8) Sexual or intimate relationships between an EIS
and family members of a child enrolled in the contractor's ECI program
that employs the EIS are prohibited during the child's enrollment
and for three years after the child is no longer enrolled.
(9) Financial relationships between the EIS and family
members of a child enrolled in the contractor's ECI program that employs
the EIS are prohibited during the child's enrollment.
(10) An EIS must not exploit their position of trust
and influence with a family by benefiting from relationships established
as an EIS.
(11) An EIS must not provide direct service while impaired,
including impairments that are due to the use of medication, illicit
drugs, or alcohol.
(12) An EIS must not falsify documentation.
(13) An EIS must not refuse to provide services for
which they are credentialed on the basis of a child's or family's
gender, race, ethnicity, color, religion, national origin, sexual
orientation, political affiliation, socioeconomic status, or disability.
(14) An EIS must make reasonable efforts to ensure
that families receive appropriate services when the EIS is unavailable
or anticipates discontinued employment with the contractor.
(15) An EIS has a professional obligation to report
unethical behavior demonstrated by colleagues throughout the ECI system
to their program director and to the appropriate board or state agency.