N.M. Code R. § 6.65.3.12 - COMPREHENSIVE STATE APPROVAL PROCESS

Current through Register Vol. 33, No. 7, April 5, 2022

The comprehensive state approval process shall determine whether an EPP earns approval for continued operation, is placed on probation, or has its approval revoked. The EPP status shall determine the frequency of comprehensive state approval site visits and the scope of EPP responsibilities. EPPs shall be notified of their status by the department no later than November 30 annually.

A. Level one probation. EPPs shall be placed on level one probation if the EPP fails to demonstrate progress toward meeting objectives included in its EAR or if the certified review team identifies an issue during the comprehensive state approval site visit resulting in an underdeveloped classification outlined in Subsection C of 6.65.3.11 NMAC. The secretary shall notify the EPP of level one probation status in writing no later than 30 calendar days after the EPP is placed on level one probation. Responsibilities of EPPs on level one probation shall include the following:
(1) participation in professional development and technical assistance prescribed by the department;
(2) development of an improvement plan that addresses program deficiencies that shall be submitted to the certified review team for approval within 90 calendar days of notification of level one probation status; and
(3) participation in department monitoring to ensure implementation and progress as outlined in the approved improvement plan.
(4) An EPP may exit level one probation after one academic year and upon fulfillment of its probationary responsibilities and demonstration of progress toward EAR objectives.
(5) Within two academic years, an EPP shall fulfill its level one probationary responsibilities and demonstration of progress toward EAR objectives. An EPP shall not be allowed to remain on level one probation for more than two academic years after initial level one probation status placement.
B. Level two probation. EPPs shall be placed on level two probation if the EPP fails to demonstrate substantial progress outlined in the improvement plan. The secretary shall notify the EPP of level two probation status in writing no later than 30 calendar days after the EPP is placed on level two probation. Responsibilities of EPPs on level two probation shall include the following:
(1) participation in professional development and technical assistance prescribed by the department;
(2) development or amendment of an improvement plan that addresses program deficiencies that shall be submitted to the certified review team for approval within 90 calendar days of notification of level two probation status;
(3) participation in department monitoring to ensure implementation and progress as outlined in the approved improvement plan; and
(4) participation in an annual state approval site visit until the EPP exits level two probation.
(5) An EPP may exit level two probation to level one probation after one academic year and upon fulfillment of its probationary responsibilities and demonstration of progress toward EAR objectives.
(6) Within two academic years, an EPP shall fulfill its level two probationary responsibilities and demonstration of progress toward EAR objectives. An EPP shall not be allowed to remain on level two probation for more than two academic years after initial level two probation status placement.
C. Revocation.
(1) The department may revoke an EPP's approval for any of the following reasons:
(a) not exiting level one or level two probation status within two academic years; or
(b) failing to meet reporting or compliance requirements as set forth by statute, department regulation, or guidance provided in department manuals.
(2) The department shall notify EPP providers of revocation in writing no later than 30 calendar days after the EPP's approval is revoked. Immediately upon receipt of a notice of revocation, the EPP provider shall do the following:
(a) cease recruitment and acceptance of new candidates;
(b) allow candidates enrolled in the EPP to complete the licensure program, provided they complete the program within three semesters of the notice of revocation; and
(c) work with candidates unable to complete the licensure program within three semesters by providing options for transfer to another EPP.
(3) An EPP provider that has received a notice of revocation may file a request for reconsideration by the department no later than 30 calendar days after the notice of revocation has been received.
(a) The department shall review the materials submitted by the EPP provider for reconsideration including written statements of position, documents, and comments supporting the claim.
(b) The department, after considering the request, shall make a decision and inform the EPP provider in writing of its decision within 60 calendar days of receipt of the request for reconsideration.
(c) The decision of the department shall be final.
(4) An EPP with revoked approval shall wait two years following the date of revocation before reapplying via the application process defined in 6.65.3.8 NMAC.

Notes

N.M. Code R. § 6.65.3.12
Adopted by New Mexico Register, Volume XXX, Issue 20, October 29, 2019, eff. 10/29/2019, Amended by New Mexico Register, Volume XXXII, Issue 11, June 8, 2021, eff. 6/8/2021

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