Or. Admin. R. 419-490-0130 - Therapeutic Boarding Schools: Minimum Staffing Requirements

A therapeutic boarding school must meet all of the following requirements:

(1) Minimum staffing patterns. The therapeutic boarding school must establish ratios of staff to children in care that will provide adequate supervision, safety and protection for children in care. The ratios must be adequate to protect child safety and wellbeing for the type of program, location of program, the age and type of children in care served, physical plant design, location and ability of the supervisor to respond, electronic backup systems, and other means available to ensure a high standard of supervision and protection. The minimum staffing ratios outside normal sleeping hours are one direct care staff for each 10 children in care.
(2) Overnight staffing requirements.
(a) A therapeutic boarding school must have policies and procedures regarding overnight supervision of children in care. The procedures must describe how staff must monitor and ensure the safety of children in care during sleeping hours. If the therapeutic boarding school houses more than one child in care to a bedroom or uses dormitory-type sleeping arrangements, the procedure must specifically address those living arrangements.
(b) During normal sleeping hours, the minimum staffing requirement is one awake direct care staff on duty in the facility for each 14 children in care.
(3) Additional staffing requirements for emergency response.
(a) When there is only one staff of the therapeutic boarding school on duty in a facility, there must be additional staff immediately available in the event of an emergency, with a maximum response time of 30 minutes. The names of additional staff who are available for immediate response must be listed on the schedule for each time period when only one staff person is on duty in a facility.
(b) One staff who is age 18 or over and capable of taking appropriate action in an emergency must be on site at all times when one or more child in care is present on the residential facility premises.


Or. Admin. R. 419-490-0130
CWP 34-2008, f. & cert. ef. 10-17-08; CWP 12-2016(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 7-1-16 thru 12-27-16; CWP 22-2016, f. & cert. ef. 12-1-16; CWP 43-2020, minor correction filed 01/14/2020, effective 01/14/2020; Renumbered from 413-215-0661 by CWP 26-2022, filed 11/28/2022, effective 12/1/2022

Statutory/Other Authority: ORS 409.050, ORS 418.005, ORS 418.327 & ORS 418.240

Statutes/Other Implemented: ORS 418.327, ORS 409.010, ORS 418.005 & ORS 418.240

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