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WAC 246-341-0515

PersonnelAgency staff requirements.

Each agency licensed by the department to provide one or more behavioral health service must ensure that all of the following staff requirements are met:
(1) An agency providing mental health services must ensure all of the following:
(a) Each mental health service is provided by qualified staff members who meet the following for their scope of practice and services provided:
(i) Professional standards, including documented coursework, continuing education, and training;
(ii) Clinical supervision requirements; and
(iii) Licensure and credentialing requirements.
(b) Each staff member working directly with an individual receiving mental health services receives:
(i) Clinical supervision from a mental health professional who has received documented training and competency in clinical supervision approved by the department; and
(ii) Annual violence prevention training on the safety and violence prevention topics described in RCW 49.19.030.
(c) Staff access to consultation with a psychiatrist, physician, physician assistant, advanced registered nurse practitioner (ARNP), or psychologist who has at least one year's experience in the direct treatment of individuals who have a mental or emotional disorder.
(2) An agency providing substance use disorder treatment services must ensure all of the following:
(a) All substance use disorder assessment and counseling services are provided by a chemical dependency professional (CDP), or a department-credentialed chemical dependency professional trainee (CDPT) under the supervision of an approved supervisor.
(b) There is a designated clinical supervisor who:
(i) Is a CDP;
(ii) Is an approved supervisor who meets the requirements of chapter 246-811 WAC; and
(iii) Has not committed, permitted, aided, or abetted the commission of an illegal act or unprofessional conduct as defined under RCW 18.130.180.
(c) Each chemical dependency professional trainee has at least one approved supervisor who meets the qualifications in WAC 246-811-049. An approved supervisor must decrease the hours of individual contact by twenty percent for each full-time CDPT supervised.
(d) Each staff member that provides individual care has a copy of an initial tuberculosis (TB) screen or test and any subsequent screenings or testing in their personnel file.
(e) All staff members are provided annual training on the prevention and control of communicable disease, bloodborne pathogens, and TB, and document the training in the personnel file.
(3) An agency providing problem and pathological gambling services must ensure all of the following:
(a) All problem and pathological gambling treatment services are provided by:
(i) A certified Washington state, national, or international gambling counselor who is credentialed by the department under chapter 18.19, 18.83, or 18.225 RCW; or
(ii) An individual credentialed by DOH under chapter 18.19, 18.83, or 18.225 RCW, under the supervision of a certified problem gambling counselor, in training to become a certified problem gambling counselor.
(b) Before providing problem and pathological treatment services, an individual in training to become a certified problem gambling counselor must have a minimum of:
(i) At least one thousand five hundred hours of professionally supervised postcertification or postregistration experience providing mental health or substance use disorder treatment services; and
(ii) Thirty hours of unduplicated gambling specific training, including the basic training; one of the following state, national, or international organizations must approve the training:
(A) Washington state gambling counselor certification committee;
(B) National or international gambling counselor certification board; or
(C) The department.
(c) An individual who meets subsection (3)(b)(ii) of this section must complete training to become a certified problem and pathological gambling counselor within two years of beginning problem and pathological gambling clinical practice.
(d) All staff members in training to become a certified problem gambling counselor must receive clinical supervision. The clinical supervisor must:
(i) Hold a valid international gambling counselor certification board-approved clinical consultant credential, a valid Washington state certified gambling counselor II certification credential, or a valid national certified gambling counselor II certification credential; and
(ii) Complete training on gambling specific clinical supervision approved by a state, national, or international organization including, but not limited to, the:
(A) Washington state gambling counselor certification committee;
(B) National or international gambling counselor certification board; or
(C) The department.
[Statutory Authority: 2018 c 201 and 2018 c 291. WSR 19-09-062, § 246-341-0515, filed 4/16/19, effective 5/17/19.]
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