Pennsylvania's Annual Training Requirements
RULES AND REGULATIONS
Title 55--PUBLIC WELFARE
DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WELFARE
[55 PA. CODE CHS. 4225 AND 4226]
Early Intervention Services
§ 4226.29. Preservice training.
(a) Early intervention personnel who work directly with at-risk children or infants and toddlers with disabilities,
including personnel hired through contract, shall receive training before working alone with at-risk children or infants and toddlers with disabilities or their families in the following areas:
(1) Orientation to the early intervention service system of the Department, including the purpose and operation of the State and local interagency coordinating councils.
(2) The requirements of this chapter.
(3) The duties and responsibilities of their position.
(4) Methods for working with families utilizing family-centered approaches to encourage family involvement and consider family preferences.
(5) The interrelated social, emotional, health, developmental and educational needs of children.
(6) The availability and use of available local and State community resources.
(7) The principles and methods applied in the provision of services in the natural environment.
(8) The fiscal operations of the early intervention service system and the specific funding sources.
(9) Within 120 days of the date of hire, fire safety, emergency evacuation, first aid techniques and child cardiopulmonary resuscitation.
(b) Records of preservice training for all personnel shall be kept in the county MH/MR program's or provider's personnel files for as long as the individual is employed or under contract or for 4 years, whichever is longer, or until any audit or litigation is resolved.
§ 4226.30. Annual training.
(a) Early intervention personnel who work directly with at-risk children and infants and toddlers with disabilities, including personnel hired through contract, shall have at least 24 hours of training annually, in addition to any preservice training, relevant to early intervention services, child development, community resources or services for children with disabilities. Specific areas shall include cultural competence, mediation, procedural safeguards and universal health procedures.
(b) The training specified in § 4226.29(a)(9) (relating to preservice training) shall be renewed annually, unless there is a formal certification for first aid or cardiopulmonary resuscitation by a recognized health source that is valid for more than 1 year, in which case the time period specified on the certification applies.
(c) Records of all annual training shall be kept in the county MH/MR program's or provider's personnel files for as long as the person is employed or under contract or for 4 years, whichever is longer, or until any audit or litigation is resolved.
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