Title 17. Public Health

Division 2. Health and Welfare Agency – Department of Developmental Services Regulations

Chapter 3. Community Services
Subchapter 24. Enhanced Behavioral Supports Homes

Article 8. Personnel 59063. Staff Training

(a) The administrator shall ensure that each direct care staff person completes a minimum of 32 hours of on-site orientation within the first 40 hours of employment. The on-site orientation must include the training required pursuant to Title 22, California Code of Regulations, Section 80065(f), and must include, but not be limited to,

(1) The specialized needs of each of the consumers;

(2) Overview of primary and secondary diagnoses, including, but not limited to:

(A) Developmental disability;

(B) Mental illness/behavioral health; and

(C) Substance use and abuse;

(3) Consumers’ rights and protections pursuant to Sections 50500-50550 and Title 22, California Code of Regulations, Section 80072;

(4) The facility’s program plan;

(5) Implementation of each consumer’s Individual Behavior Supports Plan and IPP;

(6) Health and emergency procedures, including fire safety;

(7) The disaster and mass casualty plan required in Title 22, California Code of Regulations, Section 80023, including emergency evacuation and exit procedures when secured perimeters/delayed  egress are approved and in use;

(8) Identification and reporting of Special Incidents, as required by Section 54327(b);

(9) Identification and reporting of suspected consumer abuse and neglect; and

(10) Assistance to consumers with prescribed medications, including required documentation.

b) In addition to staff receiving the on-site orientation, within the first 80 hours of employment, the administrator shall ensure that direct care staff receive a minimum of 16 hours of emergency intervention training. The training must include the techniques the licensee will use to prevent injury and maintain safety regarding consumers who are a danger to self or others and must emphasize positive behavioral supports and techniques that are alternatives to physical restraints, pursuant to Title 22, California Code of Regulations, Sections 85322 and 85365.

(c) A direct care staff person may not implement emergency interventions prior to successfully completing the training required in subsection (b).

(d) In addition to the training required by subsections (a) and (b), the administrator shall ensure that, prior to providing direct consumer care, direct care staff receives hands-on training in first aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation by a certified instructor.

(1) Direct care staff shall maintain current certifications in first aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation. The administrator shall maintain the certifications in facility personnel records.

(2) Cardiopulmonary resuscitation certification must be renewed annually.

(e) The administrator shall ensure that direct care staff complete the competency-based training required by Sections 4695.2(a) and (d) of the Welfare and Institutions Code and pursuant to Section 56033(b)-(g). Direct care staff shall successfully complete both segments of the competency-based training and passage of the competency test, or pass the challenge test, prior to or within one year of employment at the Community Crisis Home.

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