The Consortium believes very strongly that the keys to a successful program are strong provider qualifications and specific clinical and functional outcomes for both the child and program.
Below are initial recommendations for qualifications for providers under the ASD program. The Consortium recommends that EVERY provider under the ASD Program must undergo certification training for ASD. The training will be developed by the Consortium and implemented utilizing a portion of the overall program budget. The theory behind the required training is that by having appropriately trained staff early intervention may occur, the incidents of children in crisis will be reduced and cost will be contained.
In addition to core training in ASD, the Consortium recommends:
A. Augmentative Communication Devices/Assistive Technology –
An Assistive technology specialists shall be approved by the cabinet based on the following qualifications:
Meeting minimum highest entry-level requirements for one (1) of the professions delineated in this administrative regulation or a rehabilitation engineer, licensed physician, nurse, OT, PT, ST, Audiologist, home health care and medical equipment supplier/retailer, hearing aid dealer, individuals or business known to be in the business of vehicle modification;
Having extensive knowledge, training, and experience in the field of Assistive technologies for individuals with disabilities; or
Meeting the qualifications in subparagraph 2 of this paragraph and be employed by an agency that provides Assistive technology services and be approved by the cabinet;
Behavior Management – Behavior Management providers must be:
Level 1 Clinicians:
A licensed psychologist; board Certified Behavior Analyst; or master’s level interventionist with a degree in behavioral science or social work with 5 years documented direct contact experience working specifically with the DD population inclusive of experience: devising, implementing, and monitoring behavior support plans; supervision and training of others in the implementation of behavior plans; or
Level 2 Clinicians: (must be supervised by a Level 1 Clinician)