§ 4226.53. Service coordinator requirements and qualifications.

 (a)  A county MH/MR program shall employ a minimum of one service coordinator directly or through contract.

 (b)  Before performing service coordination activities, a service coordinator shall demonstrate knowledge and understanding about the following:

   (1)  At-risk children and infants and toddlers with disabilities.

   (2)  Part C of IDEA (20 U.S.C.A. § §  1431—1445) and accompanying regulations (currently codified at 34 CFR Chapter 303 (relating to early intervention program for infants and toddlers with disabilities)), and the Early Intervention Services System Act (11 P.S. § §  875-101—875-503).

   (3)  The nature and scope of services available under this chapter and the funding sources available.

 (c)  A service coordinator shall have one of the following groups of minimum qualifications:

   (1)  A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university which includes 12 college credits in early intervention, early childhood special education, early childhood education, child development, special education, family counseling, family studies, social welfare, psychology or other comparable social sciences, and 1 year of full-time or full-time-equivalent experience working with or providing counseling to children, families or individuals with disabilities.

   (2)  An associate’s degree, or 60 credit hours, from an accredited college or university in early intervention, early childhood special education, early childhood education, child development, special education, family counseling, family studies, social welfare, psychology, or other comparable social sciences, and 3 years of full-time or full-time-equivalent experience working with or providing counseling to children, families or individuals with disabilities.

   (3)  Certification by the Pennsylvania Civil Service Commission as meeting the qualifications of a Caseworker 2 or 3 classification.

Cross References

   This section cited in 55 Pa. Code §  4226.56 (relating to effective date of personnel qualifications).



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