582-010-0025 - State Standards for Vendor Approval for Providers of Community Rehabilitation Services

582-010-0025. State Standards for Vendor Approval for Providers of Community Rehabilitation Services

In addition to the vendor approval requirements of OAR 582-080, OVRS adopts the following State Standards as required assurances that services to individuals with disabilities are provided in a safe environment and in compliance with applicable state, federal and local laws, rules or regulations. Approval methods will evaluate each applicant's ability to assure compliance with each of the following standards that, for the purposes of these rules, apply to the type of provider being evaluated:

(1) Physical Plant Standards. Provides services in an environment that meets accessibility requirements, is free of known health or safety hazards and in a site(s) which serves to support the accomplishment of its defined purpose(s).

(2) Health and Safety Standards. Meets all applicable governmental requirements, including OSHA standards for the Department of Labor; secures regular inspections and consultations (if applicable) from persons with expertise; and, has an organized internal health and safety program (if applicable).

(3) Production Standards. When work opportunities are directly provided to individuals with disabilities: Establishes production and payment practices which maximize earning potential; assures fair and equitable wages; meets minimum expectations for working hours and conditions; and maintains all applicable certification and documentation for the Wage and Hour Division, U.S. Department of Labor.

(4) Insurance Standard. Maintain required workers' compensation insurance and applicable levels of vehicle, general and (if required) professional liability insurance protection, adequate to compensate staff and workers with disabilities for injuries and damages for which the organization may be liable.

(5) Physical Accessibility Standard. Complies with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, the Architectural Barriers Act of 1968, the Uniform Accessibility Standards and their implementing standards in 41 CFR Part 101-19.6, the American National Standards Institute No. A117-1-1986, and applicable sections of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

(6) Organizational Standard. The CRP is structured to achieve its stated mission, secure all licenses or permits to do business within its jurisdiction(s) and scope of operation, plan and monitor the efficiency and effectiveness of services, and maintain records and reports that reflect the operation and provision of services and the organization's status.

(7) Fiscal Management Standard. Fiscal affairs relative to provision of rehabilitation services are managed in a manner consistent with its stated purposes and in accordance with a standard of sound business practices and legal requirements, including assurances that any state or federal audit and reporting requirements are met.

(8) Personnel Standard. As applicable, maintains competent qualified staff and written agency personnel policies which support the provision of services essential to the achievement of defined individual and program goals. The provider, when providing client transportation, ensures use of qualified, licensed vehicle operators and appropriate, safe vehicles. Criminal background check has been conducted on required staff/employees and has such on record according to DHS, state, federal and local laws, rules or regulations. When providing medical and related health services, ensures such services are prescribed by or under the formal supervision of persons licensed by the state to prescribe or supervise the provision of these services. Maintains pertinent professional and business licensure or certification as appropriate to the type of program or service(s) provided to clients.

(9) Program Management Standard. Ensures that services provided are individually tailored and coordinated in order to enhance each client's employment independence, integration, and/or productivity as identified within each Individualized Plan for Employment and through client participation in service planning, implementation and evaluation, using language or mode of communication most compatible with the individual client's abilities and culture.

(10) Program Evaluation Standard. Utilizes an approved method to enable it to identify the results of services to individuals with disabilities against established goals. Provides timely reports to OVRS of such information, and by such means, as OVRS may require for evaluation of ongoing program effectiveness, costs, and appropriateness of services provided by the provider.

(11) Human Rights Standard. Ensures, in its policies and practices, compliance with all laws and regulations dealing with non-discrimination, human and civil rights (including ADA), personal dignity and choice, and confidentiality.

(12) Community Relations Standard. The provider bases its program on documented evidence of the needs of prospective and current clients and maintains effective communications to assure that the programs and services are responsive and appropriately utilized.

(13) Code of Conduct Standard. Fully informs OVRS clients of the purpose and results of all service delivery efforts made on their behalf. The provider is respectful, inclusive, and accommodating of OVRS clients regardless of disability.

(VRD 17, f. 8-28-74, ef. 9-25-74; VRD 24, f. & ef. 9-29-76; VRD 26, f. & ef. 7-1-77; VRD 5-1978, f. 4-20-78, ef. 5-1-78; VRD 2-1980, f. & ef. 7-2-80; VRD 1-1992, f. & cert. ef. 1-30-92; VRD 3-1993, f. & cert. ef. 10-15-93; VRS 2-2003, f. & cert. ef. 12-31-03; VRS 5-2004, f. & cert. ef. 8-5-04; Suspended by VRS 1-2009(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 2-11-09 thru 8-9-09)

Publications: Publications referenced are available from the agency.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 344.530

Stats. Implemented: ORS 344.511 - 344.690 & 344.710 - 344.730

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