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Welfare and Institutions Code - WIC

DIVISION 4.5. SERVICES FOR THE DEVELOPMENTALLY DISABLED [4500 - 4885]

  ( Division 4.5 added by Stats. 1977, Ch. 1252. )

CHAPTER 6. Development and Support of Community Facilities and Programs [4670 - 4698.1]

  ( Chapter 6 added by Stats. 1977, Ch. 1252. )

ARTICLE 6. Residential Facility Staff Training [4695 - 4695.2]
  ( Article 6 added by Stats. 1983, Ch. 735, Sec. 1. )

4695.
  

The State Department of Developmental Services shall offer, through the regional centers, in conjunction with community colleges which elect to participate, a uniform statewide training program for directors or licensees of residential facilities serving persons with developmental disabilities. The training program shall be at the college level, and shall be given for college credits.

(Added by Stats. 1983, Ch. 735, Sec. 1.)

4695.2.
  

(a) Each direct care staff person employed in a licensed community care facility that receives regional center funding shall be required to satisfactorily complete two 35-hour competency-based training courses approved, after consultation with the Community Care Facility Direct Care Training Work Group, by the department or pass a department-approved competency test for each of the 35-hour training segments. Each direct care staff person to whom this subdivision applies shall demonstrate satisfactory completion of the competency-based training by passing a competency test applicable to that training segment.

(b) Each direct care staff person employed prior to January 1, 2001, in a licensed community care facility that receives regional center funding shall satisfactorily complete the first required competency-based training course or pass a department-approved competency test applicable to that training segment by January 1, 2002, and satisfactorily complete the second competency-based training course or pass a department-approved competency test applicable to that training segment by January 1, 2003.

(c) Each direct care staff person whose employment in a licensed community care facility that receives regional center funding commences on or after January 1, 2001, shall satisfactorily complete the first required competency-based training course or pass a department-approved competency test applicable to that training segment within one year from the date the staff person was hired, and satisfactorily complete the second competency-based training course or pass a department-approved competency test applicable to that training segment within two years from the date the person was hired.

(d) A direct care staff person who does not comply with this section may not continue to provide direct care to consumers in a licensed community care facility that receives regional center funding, unless otherwise approved by the department pursuant to conditions for a waiver specified in regulations adopted pursuant to subdivision (e).

(e) The department shall adopt emergency regulations in order to implement this section. These regulations may include, but are not limited to, all of the following:

(1) Requirements for satisfactory completion of the 70 hours of direct care staff training.

(2) Provisions for enforcement of training requirements.

(3) Continuing education requirements beyond the initial 70 hours of required training.

(4) Provisions for waiving staff training and competency testing requirements, provided that waivers shall not adversely impact the health and safety of consumers living in licensed community care facilities that receive regional center funding.

(f) The emergency regulations adopted by the department pursuant to subdivision (e) shall be in accordance with the Administrative Procedure Act (Chapter 3.5 (commencing with Section 11340) of Part 1 of Division 3 of Title 2 of the Government Code). The initial adoption of emergency regulations and one readoption of the initial regulations shall be deemed to be an emergency and necessary for the immediate preservation of the public peace, health and safety, or general welfare. Initial emergency regulations and the first readoption of those regulations shall be exempt from review by the Office of Administrative Law. The emergency regulations authorized by this section shall be submitted to the Office of Administrative Law for filing with the Secretary of State and publication in the California Code of Regulations and shall remain in effect for no more than 180 days.

(Amended by Stats. 2011, Ch. 296, Sec. 320. (AB 1023) Effective January 1, 2012.)

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