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WAC 246-341-1116

Residential substance use disorder treatment servicesYouth residential services.

Youth residential services are substance use disorder residential treatment services provided to an individual seventeen years of age or younger in accordance with ASAM criteria. In addition to meeting the behavioral health agency licensure, certification, administration, personnel, and clinical requirements in WAC 246-341-0300 through 246-341-0650 and the residential treatment services requirements in WAC 246-341-1108 an agency certified to provide youth residential services must do all of the following:
(1) Ensure at least one adult staff member of each gender is present or on call at all times if coeducational treatment services are provided.
(2) Ensure group counseling sessions with twelve to sixteen youths include a second adult staff member.
(3) Ensure staff members are trained in safe and therapeutic techniques for dealing with a youth's behavior and emotional crisis, including:
(a) Verbal deescalation;
(b) Crisis intervention;
(c) Anger management;
(d) Suicide assessment and intervention;
(e) Conflict management and problem solving skills;
(f) Management of assaultive behavior;
(g) Proper use of therapeutic physical intervention techniques; and
(h) Emergency procedures.
(4) Provide group meetings to promote personal growth.
(5) Provide leisure, and other therapy or related activities.
(6) Provide seven or more hours of structured recreation each week, that is led or supervised by staff members.
(7) Provide each youth one or more hours per day, five days each week, of supervised academic tutoring or instruction by a certified teacher when the youth is unable to attend school for an estimated period of four weeks or more. The agency must:
(a) Document the individual's most recent academic placement and achievement level; and
(b) Obtain school work from the individual's school, or when applicable, provide school work and assignments consistent with the individual's academic level and functioning.
(8) Conduct random and regular room checks when an individual is in their room, and more often when clinically indicated.
(9) Only admit youth with the written permission of the youth's parent or if applicable, legal guardian. In cases where the youth meets the requirements of a child in need of services (CHINS), the youth may sign themselves into treatment.
(10) Assess the individual's need for referral to the department of children, youth, and families.
(11) Ensure the following for individuals who share a room:
(a) An individual fifteen years of age or younger must not room with an individual eighteen years of age or older; and
(b) An individual sixteen or seventeen years of age must be evaluated for clinical appropriateness before being placed in a room with an individual eighteen years of age or older.
(12) Allow communication between the youth and the youth's parent or if applicable, a legal guardian, and facilitate the communication when clinically appropriate.
(13) Notify the parent or legal guardian within two hours of any change in the status of the youth and document all notifications and attempts of notifications in the clinical record.
(14) Discharge the youth to the care of the youth's parent or if applicable, legal guardian. For emergency discharge and when the parent or legal guardian is not available, the agency must contact the appropriate authority.
(15) Ensure each individual's clinical record:
(a) Contains any consent or release forms signed by the youth and their parent or legal guardian;
(b) Contains the parent's or other referring person's agreement to participate in the treatment process, as appropriate and if possible; and
(c) Documents any problems identified in specific youth assessment, including any referrals to school and community support services, on the individual service plan.
[Statutory Authority: 2018 c 201 and 2018 c 291. WSR 19-09-062, § 246-341-1116, filed 4/16/19, effective 5/17/19.]
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