Virginia Regulatory Town Hall

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Amendments to align with the Family First Prevention Service Act ...
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12VAC35-46-1260 Qualified residential treatment programs

A. A qualified residential treatment program (QRTP) shall have a trauma-informed treatment model that is designed to address the needs, including clinical needs as appropriate, of children with serious emotional or behavioral disorders or disturbances and, with respect to a child, is able to implement the treatment identified for the child.

B. In addition to the staffing requirements within Part II (12VAC35-46-170 et seq.) through Part VI (12VAC35-46-1120 et seq.) of this chapter, a QRTP shall have registered or licensed nursing staff and other licensed clinical staff who:

1. Provide care within the scope of their practice as defined by state law;

2. Are on-site according to the treatment model referred to in subsection A of this section; and

3. Are available 24 hours a day and seven days a week.

The QRTP is not required to acquire nursing or other clinical staff solely through means of a direct employer to employee relationship.

C. To the extent appropriate and in accordance with the child's best interests, the QRTP shall facilitate participation of family members in the child's treatment program.

D. The QRTP shall facilitate outreach to the family members of the child, including siblings, document how the outreach is made, including contact information, and maintain contact information for any known biological family and fictive kin of the child. Documentation of outreach to family members and contact information of family members shall be placed within the child's record at the QRTP.

E. The QRTP shall document how family members are integrated into the treatment process for the child, including after discharge, and how sibling connections are maintained. Documentation of family member integration shall be placed within the child's record at the QRTP.

F. The QRTP shall provide or ensure discharge planning and family-based aftercare support for at least six months following discharge.

G. The QRTP shall be licensed in accordance with 42 USC § 471(a)(10) and accredited by any of the following independent nonprofit organizations:

1. The Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF);

2. The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO);

3. The Council on Accreditation (COA); or

4. Any other independent, nonprofit accrediting organization approved by the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services.

12VAC35-46-1270 Additional requirements for QRTP placements for children within the custody of local social service boards

A. The qualified residential treatment program (QRTP) shall coordinate with the local departments of social services, the child's biological family members, relative and fictive kin of the child, and, as appropriate, professionals who are a resource to the family of the child, such as teachers, clergy, or medical or mental health providers who have treated the child.

B. All documents related to a child's need for placement shall be placed within the child's record at the qualified residential treatment program, including the assessment determination of the qualified individual, as defined in 42 USC § 675a(c)(1)(D)(i), and the written documentation of the approval or disapproval of the placement in a qualified residential treatment program by a court or administrative body.

C. This section shall not apply to direct parental placements of children into the QRTP that are made outside of the social services system.