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28 Pa. Code § 711.42. Client management.

§ 711.42. Client management.

 (a)  The intake project shall have written policies and procedures for communication with law enforcement authorities, local or State health or welfare authorities, as appropriate, regarding clients whose condition or its cause is reportable; for example, persons having contagious diseases or victims of suspected criminal acts such as rape or gunshot wounds, 18 Pa.C.S. §  5106 (relating to failure to report injuries by firearm or criminal act) and child abuse under the Child Protective Services Law (11 P. S. § §  2201—2224).

 (b)  The intake project shall have written policies and procedures to address special issues regarding treatment of clients. These policies and procedures shall include, but are not limited to:

   (1)  Individuals who lose consciousness.

   (2)  Minors.

   (3)  Individuals with communicable diseases.

   (4)  Individuals requiring transfer to a hospital or other treatment facility.

   (5)  Individuals requiring detoxification.

 (c)  A client shall be observed upon intake for withdrawal symptoms from substances abused. If serious symptoms of drug/alcohol abuse, or dependence, or other physical problems are observed, prompt medical attention shall be obtained. Data obtained during the observation period shall be recorded.

 (d)  The client should be transported to the selected referral agency/resource, if possible.

 (e)  A consent to treatment form should be completed and signed by the client and intake worker at intake.

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