ARF Training Requirements
Title 17. Public Health
Division 2. Health and Welfare Agency – Department of Developmental Services Regulations
Chapter 3. Community Services
Subchapter 4. Residential Services and Quality Assurance Regulations
Article 7. Personnel
(a) Service Level 2, 3 and 4 administrators shall ensure that each direct care staff person meets applicable requirements as follows:
(1) Within the first 40 hours of providing consumer services in the facility, all new direct care staff shall complete an on-site orientation which addresses the following:
(A) The facility’s program design;
(B) Consumer IPPs;
(C) Consumers’ rights regulations;
(D) Assistance to consumers with prescribed medications, if applicable;
(E) Health and emergency procedures, including fire safety;
(F) Identification and reporting of Special Incidents, as required by Title 17, California Code of Regulations, Section 54327(a); and
(G) Identification and reporting of consumer abuse.
(2) Receive on-the-job training as necessary to implement consumer IPPs.
(3) Receive continuing education in one or more of the following areas, as they relate to planning and implementation of residential services for persons with developmental disabilities:
(A) Consumer services as described in the program design;
(B) Promotion of consumers’ rights, health, safety, and social and physical integration; and
(C) The ID Team process, including development and implementation of IPPs.
(b) Service Level 2 direct care staff shall complete a minimum of eight hours of continuing education, as described in subsection (a)(3), above within each twelve-month period following the assumption of the duties of direct care staff.
(c) Service Level 3 direct care staff shall complete a minimum of 12 hours of continuing education specified in subsection (a)(3) above within each twelve-month period following the assumption of the duties of direct care staff.
(d) Service Level 4 direct care staff shall:
(1) Have a minimum of six months of prior experience providing direct supervision and special services; or
(2) Within six months of beginning to provide direct supervision and special services in the facility, complete at least 12 additional hours of continuing education as specified in subsection (a)(3) above.
(3) Complete a minimum of 12 hours of continuing education which meets the requirements specified in subsection (a)(3) above within each twelve-month period following the assumption of the duties of direct care staff.
(e) Direct care staff shall complete any additional training in a specific knowledge area(s) which has been identified as needing improvement in the written notification pursuant to Section 56033(d)(2).
(f) Successful completion of the competency-based training and passage of the competency test required by Section 56033(a)(1) or (2) shall satisfy the direct care staff continuing education requirements specified in this section for a direct care staff for the year in which the training is satisfactorily completed.
(g) For direct care staff, passing the challenge test without attending the competency-based training required by Section 56033(a)(1) or (2) shall not satisfy the direct care staff continuing education requirements specified in this section.
Note: Authority cited: Sections 4681.1, 4695.2(e) and 4748, Welfare and Institutions Code. Reference: Sections 4648, 4681.1, 4695, 4695.2, 4791, 4833 and 4843, Welfare and Institutions Code.