Title LMH – Training
Statute or Rule 429.075(1) FS; 58A-5.0191(8) FAC
(1) To obtain a limited mental health license, a facility must hold a standard license as an assisted living facility, must not have any current uncorrected deficiencies or violations, and must ensure that, within 6 months after receiving a limited mental health license, the facility administrator and the staff of the facility who are in direct contact with mental health residents must complete training of no less than 6 hours related to their duties. Such designation may be made at the time of initial licensure or relicensure or upon request in writing by a licensee under this part and part II of chapter 408. Notification of approval or denial of such request shall be made in accordance with this part, part II of chapter 408, and applicable rules. This training will be provided by or approved by the Department of Children and Families.
(8) LIMITED MENTAL HEALTH TRAINING.
(a) Pursuant to Section 429.075, F.S., the administrator, managers, and staff, who have direct contact with mental health residents in a licensed limited mental health facility, must receive the following training:
1. A minimum of 6 hours of specialized training in working with individuals with mental health diagnoses.
a. The training must be provided or approved by the Department of Children and Families and must be taken within 6 months of the facility ‘ s receiving a limited mental health license or within 6 months of employment in a limited mental health facility.
b. Staff in ” direct contact ” means direct care staff and staff whose duties take them into resident living areas and require them to interact with mental health residents on a daily basis. The term does not include maintenance, food service or administrative staff if such staff have only incidental contact with mental health residents.
c. Training received under this subparagraph may count once for 6 of the 12 hours of continuing education required for administrators and managers pursuant to Section 429.52(4), F.S., and subsection (1) of this rule.
2. A minimum of 3 hours of continuing education, which may be provided by the ALF administrator or through distance learning, biennially thereafter in subjects dealing with one or more of the following topics:
a. Mental health diagnoses; and b. Mental health treatment such as mental health needs, services, behaviors, and appropriate interventions; resident progress in achieving treatment goals; how to recognize changes in the resident ‘ s status or condition that may affect other services received or may require intervention; and crisis services and the Baker Act procedures.
3. For administrators and managers, the continuing education requirement under this subsection will satisfy 3 of the 12 hours of continuing education required biennially pursuant to Section 429.52(4), F.S., and subsection (1) of this rule.
4. Administrators, managers and direct contact staff affected by the continuing education requirement under this subsection shall have up to 6 months after the effective date of this rule to meet the training requirement.
(b) Administrators, managers, and staff do not have to repeat the initial training should they change employers provided they present a copy of their training certificate to the current employer for retention in the facility ‘ s personnel files. They must also ensure that copies of the continuing education training certificates, pursuant to subparagraph (a)2. of this subsection, are retained in their personnel files.