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55 Pa. Code § 6400.44. Program specialist.

§ 6400.44. Program specialist.

 (a)  A minimum of 1 program specialist shall be assigned for every 30 individuals. A program specialist shall be responsible for a maximum of 30 individuals, including individuals served in other types of services.

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

   (1)  Coordinating the completion of assessments.

   (2)  Participating in the individual plan process, development, team reviews and implementation in accordance with this chapter.

   (3)  Providing and supervising activities for the individuals in accordance with the individual plans.

   (4)  Supporting the integration of individuals in the community.

   (5)  Supporting individual communication and involvement with families and friends.

 (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 of work experience working directly with individuals with an intellectual disability or autism.

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

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

Authority

   The provisions of this §  6400.44 amended under sections 201(2), 403(b), 403.1(a) and (b), Articles IX and X of the Human Services Code (62 P.S. § §  201(2), 403(b), 403.1(a) and (b), 901—922 and 1001—1088); and section 201(2) of the Mental Health and Intellectual Disability Act of 1966 (50 P.S. §  4201(2)).

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; amended October 4, 2019, effective in 120 days, 49 Pa.B. 5777. Immediately preceding text appears at serial pages (381943) to (381944).

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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