RELATES TO: KRS 12.455, 194A.030, 200.501, 200.503(2), 202.505, 202.508, 202.509, 210.005 (2), 210.010, 210.040, 210.370-485, EO 2010-431
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: KRS 194A.050, 210.450, EO 2010-431
NECESSITY, FUNCTION, AND CONFORMITY: KRS 194A.050(1) requires the secretary of the Cabinet for Health and Family Services to promulgate administrative regulations necessary to protect, develop, and maintain the health, personal dignity, integrity, and sufficiency of citizens of the Commonwealth and to operate programs and fulfill responsibilities vested in the cabinet. KRS 210.450 requires the secretary of the Cabinet for Health and Family Services to promulgate administrative regulations governing qualifications of personnel, standards for personnel management operations and consultation in ascertaining local needs for community mental health and mental retardation programs. EO 2010-431, effective June 15, 2010, changed the name of the department from Department for Mental Health and Mental Retardation Services to Department for Behavioral Health, Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities. This administrative regulation establishes the minimum eligibility and training for Kentucky Family Peer Support Specialist.
Section 1. Definitions. (1) "Applicant" means an individual seeking to complete the Kentucky Family Peer Support Specialist training.
(2) "Application" means completing the Kentucky Family Peer Support Specialist Training Application Form and the Kentucky Family Peer Support Specialist Short Essay Form and submitting them to the department.
(3) "Certificate" means a document verifying completion of the training requirements for Kentucky Family Peer Specialists as outlined in this administrative regulation.
(4) "Child with a severe emotional disability" is defined by KRS 200.503(2).
(5) "Client" means a child with a severe emotional disability as defined by KRS 200.503(2).
(6) "Community Mental Health - Mental Retardation Board" is defined by KRS 210.370 to 485.
(7) "Core competencies" means the established knowledge and skills that all applicants must demonstrate in order to successfully complete the Kentucky Family Peer Support Specialist training.
(8) "Department" is defined by KRS 194A.030(4).
(9) “Kentucky Family Leadership Academy” or “KFLA” means a prerequisite training designed for parents, caregivers, and youth leaders that fosters initial leadership development.
(10) "Kentucky Family Peer Support Specialist" means an eligible parent/caregiver who has fulfilled the requirements of this administrative regulation and who is working under the supervision of a mental health professional.
(11) "Mental Health Professional" means a psychiatrist, psychologist, master’s level social worker (MSW), master’s level clinical counselor, master’s level marriage and family therapist, psychiatric nurse or professional equivalent (a minimum of a bachelor’s degree in a human services field with two (2) years of experience in mental health related children’s services).
(12) "State Interagency Council" is defined by KRS 200.505.
(13) "Statewide Family Organization" means an organization with whom the department contracts to carry out the activities associated with statewide advocacy and support for children and youth with severe emotional disabilities.
Section 2. Eligibility. An applicant shall:
(1) Be a biological parent, adoptive parent, or relative caregiver with permanent legal custody who is raising, or has raised, a child with a severe emotional disability who has been or is a client of at least one state funded service;
(2) Have a minimum educational requirement of a high school diploma or General Educational Development (GED) certificate; and
(3) Have successfully completed the KFLA training approved by the department.
Section 3. Department’s Responsibility. The department shall assure the following:
(1) Application forms are available to eligible applicants through:
(a) Written or verbal request to the department;
(b) The department's Web site;
(c) Member agencies of the State Interagency Council; and
(d) The Statewide Family Organization;
(2) Provision of state level KFLA training;
(3) Notification of Kentucky Family Peer Support Specialist training shall include:
(a) Date(s) of the training;
(b) Time(s) of the training; and
(c) Location of the training;
(4) Provision of the state Kentucky Family Peer Support Specialist training from a standard curriculum with the following core competencies:
(a) Theoretical Knowledge;
(b) System of Care expertise;
(c) Family Support Skills;
(d) Cultural Competence;
(e) Communication Skills;
(f) Organizational Skills;
(g) Advocacy Skills; and
(h) Ethics and Values;
(5) Receipt of documentation of successful completion of the Kentucky Family Peer Support Specialist training;
(6) Maintenance of the following documents:
(b) Completion of the KFLA;
(c) Competency Examinations; and
(d) Examination results; and
(7) The maintenance of a database with the names of Kentucky Family Peer Support Specialists.
Section 4. Kentucky Family Peer Support Specialist Responsibilities. An individual seeking to provide family peer support services shall:
(1) Complete and submit an application for training to the department;
(2) Complete the department approved Family Peer Support Specialist training;
(3) Successfully complete the examination following the training; and
(4) Complete and maintain documentation of a minimum of six (6) hours of related training or education in each subsequent year.
Section 5. Request to Waive the Family Peer Support Specialist Training. (1) An applicant may request to waive the Family Peer Support Specialist training under the following provisions:
(a) Completion of the application;
(b) Documentation of completion of a Family Peer Support Specialist training sponsored by a federal entity or by another state with core competencies consistent with that of the Kentucky Family Peer Support Specialist training; and
(c) Documentation to show that the training has occurred within five (5) years of the application date.
(2) The department shall review all requests to waive the training requirement and may:
(a) Approve in writing, the request based on the documentation provided by the applicant;
(b) Approve pending successful completion of the Kentucky Family Peer Support Specialist Core Competency Training exam; or
(c) Deny the request in writing, should the applicant fail to demonstrate compliance with any portion of this administrative regulation.
(3) If an applicant is denied a training waiver, the applicant may apply to complete the Kentucky Family Peer Support Specialist training in accordance with the requirements of this administrative regulation.
Section 6. Supervision of Family Peer Support Specialists. (1) Kentucky Family Peer Support Services shall be provided under the supervision of a mental health professional who shall complete:
(a) Department approved children’s targeted-case management training; or
(b) The KFLA; and
(2) Face- to- face individual supervision meeting shall occur no less than once a month.
Section 7. Scope of Service and Employment. (1) A Family Peer Support Specialist shall:
(a) Be responsible to assist parents or primary caregivers of a client to voice their opinion, needs and goals to benefit the client;
(b) Provide services and structured scheduled activities that:
1. Promote advocacy skills;
2. Increase understanding of the client’s disability or disabilities;
3. Enhance the parent or caregiver’s ability to participate in the client’s treatment team; and
4. Decreases client isolation; and
(c) Share their relevant experiences with other parents and primary caregivers.
(2) A Family Peer Support Specialist may be employed by a:
(a) Community Mental Health - Mental Retardation Board;
(b) State operated or contracted facility; or
(c) Member agency of the State Interagency Council.
Section 8. Incorporation by Reference. (1) The following material is incorporated by reference:
(a) "Kentucky Family Peer Support Specialist Training Application Form", 2010 edition; and
(b) "Kentucky Peer Support Specialist Short Essay Form", 2010 edition.
(2) This material may be inspected, copied, or obtained, subject to applicable copy right law, at the Department for Behavioral Health, Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities at 100 Fair Oaks Lane, Frankfort, Kentucky 40621, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. or via the Statewide Family Organization affiliated with the department. (37 Ky.R. 1366; Am. 1689; eff. 2-4-2011.)