Tenn. Comp. R. & Regs. 0940-05-29-.05 - PERSONNEL REQUIREMENTS

(1) The program services must have on staff or have available on a consultative basis both a Tennessee licensed mental health professional and an individual with demonstrated skill in the vocational areas provided by the program.
(2) A facility based program must have sufficient staff persons on duty to provide adequate supervision of the scheduled activities with a minimum staff-to-service recipient ratio of 1:20. Staff persons counted in the staff-to-service recipient ratio may only be persons who are assigned to provide direct services as described by written job description. Support staff such as clerical, housekeeping, van and bus driver staff; students involved in an on-site practicum for academic credit, and volunteers, may not be counted in the staff-to-recipient ratio.
(3) The facility must provide at least one on duty staff person trained in first aid an d the Heimlich maneuver.
(4) All staff, within three (3) months of hire, must acquire knowledge and competency appropriate to groups served. Training topics must include but not be limited to the following:
(a) Principles of job development, supported employment, and psychological rehabilitation
(b) Vocational and work assessment
(c) Value to work
1. Employer support
2. Assuming and utilizing natural support system at a work site
3. Work culture
4. Americans with Disability Act
5. Rights of service recipients with mental illness regarding work
6. Community support systems, community based services and systems of care, community resources and linkages with these resources
7. Cultural diversity
8. Behavioral characteristics of service recipients with mental illness
9. Stress management skills for vocational workers
10. Data management and record keeping
11. Agency policies and procedures
12. Psychiatric medications and their side effects
13. Fire safety


Tenn. Comp. R. & Regs. 0940-05-29-.05
Original rule filed July 20, 1993; effective October 3, 1993. Amendment filed December 30, 2002; effective March 15, 2003.

Authority: T.C.A. ยงยง 4-4-103, 4-5-202, 4-5-204, 33-1-302, 33-1-305, 33-1-309, 33-2-301, and 33-2-302.

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