|(a) The contractor must comply with the Texas Health
and Human Services Commission (HHSC) Early Childhood Intervention
(ECI) requirements related to health regulations for all direct service
staff. The contractor must comply with 34 CFR Part 85 and Texas Health
and Safety Code Chapter 81.
(b) The contractor must comply with HHSC ECI requirements
related to initial training requirements for direct service staff.
Before providing services, all staff must:
(1) complete orientation training as required by HHSC
ECI. This requirement does not apply to staff employed by the Local
Education Agency (LEA);
(2) hold current certification in first-aid and cardiopulmonary
resuscitation for children and infants; and
(3) complete universal precautions training.
(c) The contractor must comply with HHSC ECI requirements
related to continuing education requirements for direct service staff.
All staff providing early childhood intervention services to children
and families must maintain current certification in first aid and
cardiopulmonary resuscitation for children and infants.
(d) The contractor must verify that all newly employed
staff, except staff employed by the LEA:
(1) are qualified in terms of education and experience
for their assigned scopes of responsibilities;
(2) are competent to perform the job-related activities
before providing early childhood intervention services; and
(3) complete orientation training as required by HHSC
ECI before providing early childhood intervention services.
(e) The contractor must comply with HHSC ECI requirements
related to supervision of direct service staff. A contractor must
implement a system of supervision and oversight that consists of consultation,
record review, and observation from a qualified supervisor. The intent
of supervision is to provide oversight and direction to staff. Supervisor
qualifications are further described in §350.313(c) and §350.315(d)
of this subchapter (relating to Early Intervention Specialist (EIS)
and Service Coordinator, respectively).
(1) Consultation means evaluation and development of
staff knowledge, skills, and abilities in the context of case-specific
(2) Record review means a review of documentation in
child records to evaluate compliance with the requirements of this
chapter, and quality, accuracy, and timeliness of documentation. It
also includes feedback to staff to identify areas of strength and
areas that need improvement.
(3) Observation means watching staff interactions with
children and families to provide guidance and feedback and providing
guidance and feedback about the observation.
(f) The contractor must follow all training requirements
defined by HHSC ECI.
|Source Note: The provisions of this §350.309 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; transferred effective March 1, 2021, as published in the Texas Register February 5, 2021, 46 TexReg 941; amended to be effective March 17, 2022, 47 TexReg 1277