§ 6400.44. Program specialist.

 (a)  A minimum of one program specialist shall be assigned for every 30 individuals. A program specialist shall be responsible for a maximum of 30 people, including people served in other types of services.

 (b)  The program specialist shall be responsible for the following:

   (1)  Coordinating and completing assessments.

   (2)  Providing the assessment as required under §  6400.181(f) (relating to assessment).

   (3)  Participating in the development of the ISP, ISP annual update and ISP revision.

   (4)  Attending the ISP meetings.

   (5)  Fulfilling the role of plan lead, as applicable, under § §  6400.182 and 6400.186(f) and (g) (relating to development, annual update and revision of the ISP; and ISP review and revision).

   (6)  Reviewing the ISP, annual updates and revisions under §  6400.186 for content accuracy.

   (7)  Reporting content discrepancy to the SC, as applicable, and plan team members.

   (8)  Implementing the ISP as written.

   (9)  Supervising, monitoring and evaluating services provided to the individual.

   (10)  Reviewing, signing and dating the monthly documentation of an individual’s participation and progress toward outcomes.

   (11)  Reporting a change related to the individual’s needs to the SC, as applicable, and plan team members.

   (12)  Reviewing the ISP with the individual as required under §  6400.186.

   (13)  Documenting the review of the ISP as required under §  6400.186.

   (14)  Providing the documentation of the ISP review to the SC, as applicable, and plan team members as required under §  6400.186(d).

   (15)  Informing plan team members of the option to decline the ISP review documentation as required under §  6400.186(e).

   (16)  Recommending a revision to a service or outcome in the ISP as provided under §  6400.186(c)(4).

   (17)  Coordinating the services provided to an individual.

   (18)  Coordinating the training of direct service workers in the content of health and safety needs relevant to each individual.

   (19)  Developing and implementing provider services as required under §  6400.188 (relating to provider services).

 (c)  A program specialist shall have one of the following groups of qualifications:

   (1)  A master’s degree or above from an accredited college or university and 1 year work experience working directly with individuals with an intellectual disability.

   (2)  A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university and 2 years work experience working directly with individuals with an intellectual disability.

   (3)  An associate’s degree or 60 credit hours from an accredited college or university and 4 years work experience working directly with individuals with an intellectual disability.

Authority

   The provisions of this §  6400.44 amended under Articles IX and X of the Human Services Code (62 P.S. § §  901—922 and 1001—1088).

Source

   The provisions of this §  6400.44 amended through January 22, 1982, effective March 1, 1982, 12 Pa.B. 384; amended August 9, 1991, effective November 8, 1991, 21 Pa.B. 3595; amended August 27, 2010, effective August 28, 2010, 40 Pa.B. 4935; amended June 17, 2016, effective June 18, 2016, 46 Pa.B. 3177. Immediately preceding text appears at serial pages (355779) to (355780) and (352177).

Cross References

   This section cited in 55 Pa. Code §  6400.41 (relating to effective date of staff qualifications); and 55 Pa. Code §  6500.41 (relating to effective date of staff qualifications).



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