WSR 97-13-090

PROPOSED RULES

DEPARTMENT OF

SOCIAL AND HEALTH SERVICES

(Public Assistance)

[Filed June 18, 1997, 10:45 a.m.]

Original Notice.

Preproposal statement of inquiry was filed as WSR 97-08-072.

Title of Rule: WAC 388-15-196 Home and community services--Minimum qualifications for care providers in home and community settings.

Purpose: Amend WAC to allow challenge testing and modified course for certain providers.

Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 74.39A.010, [74.39A.]030(3), [74.39A.]070.

Summary: Allow parent providers, of their adult DDD child, to take a modified fundamentals of caregiving course instead of fundamentals of caregiving course. Also allows all care providers to challenge the mandated class by successfully passing the department's caregiver's competency test.

Name of Agency Personnel Responsible for Drafting, Implementation and Enforcement: Sue Poltl, DDD, (360) 902-8474, Casey Zimmer, AASA, (360) 407-0431, Olympia, Washington.

Name of Proponent: Department of Social and Health Services, governmental.

Rule is not necessitated by federal law, federal or state court decision.

Explanation of Rule, its Purpose, and Anticipated Effects: See Summary above.

Proposal Changes the Following Existing Rules: Allows parent providers of adult DDD children to take a modified course instead of fundamentals course. Also allows all in-home care providers the opportunity to challenge the mandatory class by successfully passing the department's caregiver's competency test.

No small business economic impact statement has been prepared under chapter 19.85 RCW. Section 201 (RCW 34.05.328) does not apply to the Department of Social and Health Services.

Section 201, chapter 403, Laws of 1995, does not apply to this rule adoption. This section (RCW 34.05.328) does not currently apply to the Department of Social and Health Services.

Hearing Location: Lacey Government Center (behind Tokyo Bento restaurant), 1009 College Street S.E., Room 104-A, Lacey, WA 98503, on July 22, 1997, at 10:00 a.m.

Assistance for Persons with Disabilities: Contact Leslie Baldwin by July 13, 1997, TTY (360) 902-8324, or (360) 902-7540.

Submit Written Comments to: Leslie Baldwin, Rules Coordinator, P.O. Box 45850, Olympia, WA 98504-5850, FAX (360) 902-8292, by July 22, 1997.

Date of Intended Adoption: No sooner than July 23, 1997.

June 18, 1997

Merry A. Kogut, Manager

Rules and Policies Assistance Unit

AMENDATORY SECTION (Amending WSR 96-20-093, filed 10/1/96, effective 11/1/96)

WAC 388-15-196 Home and community services--Minimum qualifications for care providers in home and community settings. To protect the health and welfare of a long-term care service client receiving an AASA administered service, the adult client's care provider shall:

(1) Be eighteen years of age or older;

(2) Complete and submit a criminal history background inquiry form prescribed by the department;

(3) Possess the following minimum standards of knowledge and experience:

(a) General knowledge of acceptable standards of performance, including the necessity to perform dependably, report punctually, maintain flexibility, and to demonstrate kindliness and caring to the client;

(b) Knowledge of when and how to contact the client's representative and the client's case manager.

(4) Have the following required skills:

(a) Adequate skills to read, either directly or through an interpreter, understand and implement the client's service plan;

(b) Adequate communication skills to convey and understand either directly or through an interpreter information required to implement the client's written service plan and verbal instructions;

(c) Adequate skills to maintain provider records of services performed and payments received.

(5) Be able to:

(a) Understand specific directions for providing the care which the individual client requires;

(b) Observe the client for change in health status, including weakness, confusion, and loss of appetite;

(c) Identify problem situations and take appropriate action;

(d) Respond to emergencies without direct supervision;

(e) Perform authorized housework functions competently;

(f) Perform authorized direct personal care functions competently;

(g) Accept the client's individual differences and preferences when performing routine tasks; and

(h) Work independently and perform responsibly within the boundaries of the nonmedical personal care task limits.

(6)(a) Complete the department's fundamentals of caregiving training according to the following schedule:

(i) All in-home personal care providers hired on or after the effective date of this section shall successfully complete the department-designated fundamentals of caregiving training within one hundred twenty days of employment, unless he or she meets the requirements under (iii) or (iv) of this subsection or in subsection (6)(c) or (6)(f);

(ii) All in-home care providers hired prior to ((the effective date of this section)) November 1, 1996 shall successfully complete the department designated fundamentals of caregiving training prior to October 31, 1997, unless he or she meets the requirements under (iii) or (iv) of this subsection or in subsection (6)(c) or (6)(f);

(iii) Natural, step, or adoptive parents hired as personal care providers for their division of developmental disabilities (DDD) adult children prior to the effective date of this section, will have until September 1, 1998 to complete the caregiving training;

(iv) Natural, step, or adoptive parents hired as personal care providers for their own adult children on or after the effective date of this section will have one hundred eighty days to complete the training requirements.

(b) Complete a minimum of ten hours of continuing education credits per calendar year, on topics relevant to caregiving unless he or she is a parent hired as a personal care provider for their own DDD adult child:

(i) Topics include, but are not limited to:

(A) Residents' rights;

(B) Personal care (such as transfers or skin care);

(C) Dementia;

(D) Mental illness;

(E) Developmental disabilities;

(F) Depression;

(G) Medication assistance;

(H) Communication skills;

(I) Alternatives to restraints; and

(J) Activities for clients.

(ii) Parent providers of their own DDD adult children are exempt from continuing education requirements;

(iii) Other caregivers are required to earn a certificate of completion to meet the requirement for continuing education credit and each hour of completed instruction will count as one hour of continuing education credit; and

(((iii))) (iv) The continuing education requirement begins the calendar year after the year in which the caregiver completes the fundamentals or modified fundamentals of caregiving training.

(c) The following providers are exempt from the fundamentals of caregiving training requirement in subsection (6)(a) of this section if the provider successfully completes the department designated modified fundamentals of caregiving training in accordance with the dates specified in subsection (6)(a) of this section.

(i) A provider who ((is)) has successfully completed training as a registered or licensed practical nurse, a physical or occupational therapist, a certified nursing assistant, a Medicare-certified home health aide, or who has successfully completed department-approved adult family home training, or department-approved personal care training from an area agency on aging or their subcontractor((, is exempt from the fundamentals of caregiving training in subsection (6)(a) of this section if the provider successfully completes the department designated modified fundamentals of caregiving training in accordance with the dates specified in subsection (6)(a) of this section)).

(ii) A provider who has successfully completed the ((division of developmental disabilities)) DDD staff training as required by chapter 275-26 WAC is exempt from the fundamentals of caregiving training in subsection (6)(a) of this section as long as the provider continues to work for a ((division of developmental disabilities)) DDD-contracted agency. This exemption no longer applies if the provider leaves the DDD-contracted agency.

(iii) Parent hired as a personal care provider for their own DD adult child. This exemption no longer applies if the parent provides services to anyone who is not their own adult child.

(d) The provider shall provide documentation upon request that the provider has met the education and training requirements.

(e) The department shall not continue to authorize reimbursement for services rendered by a care provider who does not meet the educational requirement in subsection (6) of this section.

(f) All in-home personal care providers are exempt from attending the "fundamentals of caregiving" or "modified fundamentals of caregiving" training if they successfully pass the department's challenge test for the class they are required to take. The provider only has one opportunity to successfully pass the challenge test. If the provider does not pass the challenge test then he/she must attend the "fundamentals of caregiving" or "modified fundamentals of caregiving" training as required.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 74.08.090, 74.09.520, 74.39A.100, 74.39.010, 74.39.030 and 1996 c 302 5. 96-20-093, 388-15-196, filed 10/1/96, effective 11/1/96. Statutory Authority: RCW 74.08.090, 74.09.520 and 1995 1st sp.s. c 18. 95-20-041 (Order 3904), 388-15-196, filed 9/28/95, effective 10/29/95.]

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