.11 Staffing Requirements.

A. Following an analysis of the number of individuals the licensee intends to serve and the needs of each of these individuals being served, the licensee shall develop and implement a staffing plan that adequately addresses the health and safety needs of each individual and provides each individual with the services identified in the IP. The staffing plan may include any person who meets the training requirements of this regulation and who does not have a criminal history as set forth in §B of this regulation. A staff person who meets the above criteria may assume all responsibilities previously assigned to a qualified developmental disabilities professional.

B. A licensee may not employ or contract with any person who has a criminal history which would indicate behavior potentially harmful to individuals, documented through either a criminal history records check or a criminal background check, pursuant to Health-General Article, §19-1902 et seq., Annotated Code of Maryland, and COMAR 12.15.03.

C. The licensee shall develop and implement staff and care provider training and ensure through appropriate documentation that, before being assigned independent duties:

(1) All staff and care providers receive adequate training to perform their assigned duties;

(2) All staff and care providers successfully complete the Administration's approved training to meet the specific needs of the individuals they serve and to carry out their assigned duties, such as training in:

(a) Seizure disorders,

(b) Principles of behavior change,

(c) Management of disruptive behaviors,

(d) Medication administration, and

(e) The aging process and the special needs of the elderly; and

(3) All staff and care providers receive training in blood-borne pathogens in accordance with OSHA guidelines found in 29 CFR §1910.1030, which is incorporated by reference.

D. All staff and care providers shall receive Administration-approved training within 3 months of hire in the following:

(1) Community integration and inclusion,

(2) Individual-directed, outcome-oriented planning for individuals,

(3) General characteristics and needs of individuals served,

(4) First aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), based on the guidelines of the American Red Cross or another nationally recognized organization,

(5) Fundamental rights of individuals with developmental disabilities,

(6) Communicable diseases,

(7) Supporting individuals and families in making choices, and

(8) Communication skills.

E. A licensee shall develop and adopt:

(1) Written job descriptions that include the nature and extent of training and experience required for each position; and

(2) A policy to prevent employment discrimination.