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RULE §451.108Staffing

(a) The program shall maintain an adequate number of staff to effectively administer the program and provide the services identified in the program description.

(b) Each staff position shall have a written job description that specifies:

  (1) duties and responsibilities; and

  (2) minimum qualifications, including the level of education, training, or related work experience required.

(c) Only individuals who meet the minimum qualifications listed in the job description shall be employed as staff.

(d) The application or resume for each staff member shall document required education, training, and related work experience.

(e) The organization must provide adequate supervision for staff.

(f) All staff must, as a minimum, receive training regarding program and participant confidentiality requirements. Staff who will coordinate intervention and/or participation or will consult with and/or monitor a participant shall complete eight hours of training before working with program participants. At least five hours of the training must be conducted by a mental health professional and include the following topics:

  (1) chemical dependency and mental illness, including appropriate treatment;

  (2) guidelines for identification; and

  (3) intervention and advocacy skills, as applicable.

(g) The facility shall maintain documentation to verify compliance with these standards. Personnel files shall be kept for at least two years after the individual stops working with the program.

Source Note: The provisions of this §451.108 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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