|(a) Service coordination may be provided only by an employee of the MRA. (b) Except as provided by subsections (d), (e), and (f) of this section, a staff person providing service coordination must have: (1) a bachelor's or advanced degree from an accredited college or university with a major in a social, behavioral, or human service field including, but not limited to, psychology, social work, medicine, nursing, rehabilitation, counseling, sociology, human development, gerontology, educational psychology, education, and criminal justice; or (2) a high school diploma or a certificate recognized by a state as the equivalent of a high school diploma and: (A) two years of paid experience as a case manager in a state or federally funded Parent Case Management Program or have graduated from Partners in Policy Making; and (B) personal experience as an immediate family member of an individual with mental retardation. (c) The MRA, at its discretion, may require additional education and experience for staff who provide service coordination. (d) At the discretion of the MRA, a staff person who was authorized by an MRA to provide service coordination prior to April 1, 1999, may provide service coordination without meeting the minimum qualifications described in subsection (b) of this section. (e) Until December 31, 2011, an MRA may hire a person to provide service coordination who was employed as a case manager for an HCS Program provider for any period of time prior to June 1, 2010, even if the person does not meet the minimum qualifications described in subsection (b) of this section. (f) Beginning January 1, 2012, an MRA may hire a person to provide service coordination who was hired by another MRA in accordance with subsection (e) of this section.
|Source Note: The provisions of this §2.559 adopted to be effective August 31, 2004, 29 TexReg 8313; transferred effective September 1, 2004, as published in the Texas Register September 10, 2004, 29 TexReg 8841; amended to be effective June 1, 2010, 35 TexReg 4439