N.J. Admin. Code § 10:47-4.3 - Staff training

Current through Register Vol. 54, No. 7, April 4, 2022

(a) The facility shall provide each employee with initial and continuing training that enables the employee to perform his or her duties effectively, efficiently, and competently.
(b) Before assuming their normal duties, new employees shall receive an orientation to acquaint them with:
1. The organization's philosophy, goals, programs, and practices;
2. An overview of developmental disabilities and any special needs of the individuals being served, for example, medical or behavioral problems requiring specific, tailored training;
3. The appropriate job description and the personnel policies of the organization;
4. The prevention of abuse, neglect and exploitation;
5. Unusual incident reporting and investigating procedures; and
6. The facility's emergency and safety procedures.
(c) Direct service staff shall be accompanied by experienced workers on initial tours of duty for at least a period of two weeks or such time as these staff person(s) are able to safeguard the health and safety of individuals being served by the facility.
(d) Within 120 calendar days of employment, each employee shall receive in-service training which shall address, at a minimum:
1. Training in the principles of normalization;
2. Review of all policies and procedures not covered during orientation which are relevant to the employee's job;
3. Acceptable behavior management techniques, including crisis management and restraint usage, if applicable;
4. Standard First Aid Training based on the American Red Cross curriculum;
5. Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation;
6. Training in universal precautions;
7. Detecting signs of illness or dysfunctions that warrant medical or nursing intervention; and
8. Basic skills to meet health needs and problems of the individual with developmental disabilities.
(e) The facility shall provide specialized training programs to staff which focus on skills and competencies directed toward the developmental, behavioral, and health needs of the individuals being served. These areas may include, but are not limited to:
1. Persons who work with individuals who require specialized feeding techniques shall receive training in the use of those techniques;
2. Persons who work with individuals who use mobility devices shall receive training in mobility procedures and the safe use of mobility devices;
3. Persons who work with individuals with seizure disorders, physical disabilities or other identified medical needs shall receive training in the provision of training, assistance, and care to those individuals; and
4. Persons who work with individuals with identified mental health needs shall receive training in the provision of training, assistance, and care to those individuals.
(f) All staff shall be able to demonstrate the skills and techniques necessary to:
1. Intervene when an individual exhibits inappropriate behavior; and
2. Implement the program plans for each individual for whom they are responsible.
(g) Facility training records shall be maintained and include the following:
1. The curriculum and training plan;
2. A record of attendance which includes the dated signature of the trainer and the trainee; and
3. An employee's record indicating all training sessions attended.
i. The employee's record shall include a section on mandated training.


N.J. Admin. Code § 10:47-4.3

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