CABINET FOR HEALTH AND FAMILY SERVICES

Department for Behavioral Health, Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities

Division for Behavioral Health

(As Amended at ARRS, May 13, 2014)

 

††††† 908 KAR 2:240. Kentucky Youth Peer Support Specialist.

 

††††† RELATES TO: KRS 200.505, 210.010, 210.040, 210.370-210.485[210.370-485]

††††† STATUTORY AUTHORITY: KRS 194A.030, 194A.050, 210.450, 12.455

††††† 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 the health of Kentucky citizens and to implement programs mandated by federal law or to qualify for the receipt of federal funds. KRS 210.450 requires[authorizes] the secretary [of the Cabinet for Health and Family Services] to promulgate administrative regulations governing qualifications of personnel and[,] standards for personnel management for community programs for mental health or individuals with an intellectual disability[operations and consultation in ascertaining local needs for community behavioral health and developmental disabilities and other child and family serving programs]. This administrative regulation establishes the minimum eligibility and training requirements for a Kentucky youth peer support specialist.

 

††††† Section 1. Definitions. (1) "Applicant" means an individual seeking to complete the Kentucky Youth Peer Support Specialist training.

††††† (2) "Application" means completing the Kentucky Youth Peer Support Specialist Core Competency Training Application form and submitting it to the department.

††††† (3) "Child-serving agency" means an agency represented by the State Interagency Council.

††††† (4) "Client" means a child with an emotional disability as defined by KRS 200.503(1) or who is at risk of developing an emotional disability.

††††† (5)[(4)] "Core Competency" means the[established] knowledge and skills listed in Section 3(4) of this administrative regulation[skill] that all applicants must demonstrate in order to successfully complete the Kentucky youth peer support specialist training.

††††† (6)[(5)] "Department" means the Department for Behavioral Health, Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities.

††††† (7)[(6)] "Kentucky Family Leadership Academy" or "KFLA" means a prerequisite training designed for parents, caregivers, and youth leaders that fosters initial leadership development.

††††† (8)[(7)] "Kentucky youth peer support specialist"[í] or "KYPSS" means an eligible youth who has completed the requirements of this administrative regulation.

††††† (9)[(8)] "Lived Experience" means an experience of a child or youth with an emotional, social, behavioral, or[and/or] substance use disability that is defined in the current version of The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual for Mental Disorders.

††††† (10)[; and who has received at least one (1) state-funded service for children with an emotional disability.

††††† (9)] "Professional Equivalent" means a person who meets the professional equivalent requirements established in the Community Mental Health Center Services Manual that is incorporated by reference in 907 KAR 1:044[an individual who has a:

††††† (a) Bachelorís degree in psychology, sociology, social work, or a human services-related field and three (3) years of full-time supervised experience;

††††† (b) Masterís degree in psychology, sociology, social work, pastoral counseling, or a human services-related field and six (6) months of full-time supervised experience; or

††††† (c) Doctoral degree in psychology, sociology, social work, pastoral counseling, or a human services-related field].

††††† (11)[(10)] "State 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.

††††† (12)[(11)] "State Interagency Council" is the State Interagency Council for Services to Children with an Emotional Disability as defined by KRS 200.505.

††††† (13)[(12)] "Youth Peer Support 101" means a training designed for Kentucky youth peer support specialists[KYPSS] and their supervisors that provides an orientation to the position.

 

††††† Section 2. Eligibility Criteria. An applicant shall:

††††† (1) Be an individual who is at least eighteen (18) years of age and is not older than thirty-five (35) years of age[a youth between the ages of eighteen (18) and thirty-five (35) years];

††††† (2) Have lived experience;

††††† (3) Be receiving or have received from at least one (1) child-serving agency a state-funded service that is related to the youth's emotional, social, behavioral, or substance abuse disability[services from at least one (1) of the child-serving agencies represented by the State Interagency Council];

††††† (4) Have a high school diploma or general equivalency diploma[education development] (GED) certificate; [and]

††††† (5) Have successfully completed the KFLA training approved by the department;

††††† (6) Discuss the experience of receiving state-funded services from at least one (1) child-serving agency on the applicant's responses on the short-essay form;

††††† (7) Demonstrate experience with leadership and advocacy in the field of behavioral health; and

††††† (8) Demonstrate his or her own efforts at self-directed leadership development.

 

††††† Section 3. Departmentís Responsibilities. The Department shall:

††††† (1) Ensure[Assure] that the KYPSS Core Competency Training Application is[shall be] available to eligible applicants through:

††††† (a) A written or verbal request to the department;

††††† (b) The department Web site;

††††† (c) Member agencies of the State Interagency Council; and

††††† (d) The statewide family organization;

††††† (2) Approve the[Provide state level] KFLA training based on a standard curriculum that includes at a minimum:

††††† (a) Leadership roles;

††††† (b) Communication skills;

††††† (c) Decision making skills;

††††† (d) Dealing with conflict;

††††† (e) Effective advocacy; and

††††† (f) Collaboration and partnerships;

††††† (3) Provide notification of KYPSS training to include:

††††† (a) Date;

††††† (b) Time;

††††† (c) Location of the training; and

††††† (d) Prerequisites for training participants as established by Section 2 of this administrative regulation;

††††† (4) Approve[Provide] KYPSS training based on[from] a standard curriculum that includes at a minimum[with] the following core competencies:

††††† (a) System of Care Philosophy;

††††† (b) Wraparound Process;

††††† (c) Youth Support;

††††† (d) Group Process;

††††† (e) Cultural and Linguistic Competence;

††††† (f) Communication;

††††† (g) Organization;

††††† (h) Self-Care;

††††† (i) Leadership; and

††††† (j) Ethics and Values;[Value.]

††††† (5) Maintain[Receipt of] documentation of an applicantís successful completion of the KYPSS training, including the applicantís[;

††††† (6) Maintenance of the following documents]:

††††† (a) Application;

††††† (b) Completion of the KFLA;

††††† (c) Competency examination[examinations]; and

††††† (d) Examination results;[and]

††††† (6)[(7)] Maintain a database with the names of Kentucky youth peer support specialists; and

††††† (7) Approve Youth Peer Support 101 training based on a standard curriculum that includes at a minimum:

††††† (a) Position description;

††††† (b) Role expectations;

††††† (c) Supervision requirements;

††††† (d) Coaching; and

††††† (e) Other professional opportunities.

 

††††† Section 4. Kentucky Youth Peer Support Specialist Duties and Responsibilities. A Kentucky youth peer support specialist shall:

††††† (1) Use relevant personal stories to teach through experience;

††††† (2) Serve as a role model for clients;

††††† (3) Ensure and empower client voice and choice during[plan] development and implementation of plans;

††††† (4) Support clients by attending team meetings, upon request;

††††† (5) Support clients by improving their confidence to be a self-advocate;

††††† (6) Help individuals working with youth to understand youth culture; and

††††† (7) Help clients enhance their relationships with community partners.

 

††††† Section 5. Training Requirements. An applicant seeking to provide youth peer support specialist services shall:

††††† (1) Complete and submit the KYPSS Core Competency Training Application to the department;

††††† (2) Complete a department approved KYPSS training as defined in Section 3(4) of this administrative regulation[Kentucky youth peer support specialist training];

††††† (3) Successfully complete the oral and written 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; and

††††† (5) After employment as a KYPSS, complete the department approved Youth Peer Support 101 training as defined in Section 3(7) of this administrative regulation.

 

††††† Section 6. Request to Waive the Kentucky Youth Peer Support Specialist Training Requirements. (1) An applicant may request to waive the Kentucky youth peer support specialist training requirements. To request a waiver, an applicant shall provide the following to the department[under the following conditions]:

††††† (a) Completion of the KYPSS Core Competency Training Application;

††††† (b) Documentation of completion of a youth peer support specialist training sponsored by a federal entity or by another state with core competencies consistent with that of the KYPSS program; 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 shall[may]:

††††† (a) Approve the request in writing based on the documentation provided by the applicant;

††††† (b) Approve the request in writing pending successful completion of the KYPSS Core Competency Training exam; or

††††† (c) Deny the request in writing if[should] the applicant fails[fail] to demonstrate compliance with any provision of this administrative regulation.

††††† (3) If an applicant is denied a training waiver, he or she may apply to complete the KYPSS training in accordance with [the requirements in] Section 5 of this administrative regulation.

 

††††† Section 7. Kentucky Youth Peer Support Specialist Supervision. (1) Kentucky youth peer support services shall be provided under the supervision of one (1) of the following professionals who shall complete the department approved Youth Peer Support 101 training as defined in Section 3(7) of this administrative regulation:

††††† (a) Physician;

††††† (b) Psychiatrist;

††††† (c) Advanced practice registered nurse;

††††† (d) Physician assistant;

††††† (e) Licensed psychologist;

††††† (f) Licensed psychological practitioner;

††††† (g) Licensed clinical social worker;

††††† (h) Licensed professional clinical counselor;

††††† (i) Licensed marriage and family therapist;

††††† (j) Certified psychologist;

††††† (k) Certified psychologist with autonomous functioning;

††††† (l) Licensed psychological associate;

††††† (m) Marriage and family therapy associate;

††††† (n) Certified social worker;

††††† (o) Licensed professional counselor associate;

††††† (p) Licensed professional art therapist;

††††† (q) Professional equivalent;

††††† (r) Certified alcohol and drug counselor; or

††††† (s) Psychiatric nurse[Licensed psychologist or LP;

††††† (d) Licensed psychological practitioner or LPP;

††††† (e) Licensed psychological associate or LPA working under the supervision of a licensed psychologist;

††††† (f) Licensed clinical social worker or LCSW;

††††† (g) Certified social worker or CSW with three (3) years of inpatient or outpatient clinical experience in psychiatric social work and currently employed by a hospital or forensic psychiatric facility licensed by the Commonwealth or a psychiatric unit of a general hospital or a private agency, or a company engaged in the provision of mental health services, or a regional community mental health center;

††††† (h) Licensed marriage and family therapist or LMFT with three (3) years of inpatient or outpatient clinical experience in psychiatric mental health practice and currently employed by a hospital or forensic facility licensed by the Commonwealth, or a psychiatric unit of a general or private agency, or company engaged in providing mental health services, or a regional community mental health center].

††††† (2) [An] Individual supervision meetings[meeting] shall:

††††† (a) Be conducted face to face;

††††† (b)[and shall] Occur no less than once a week for the first year and monthly thereafter; and

††††† (c) Be documented in accordance with subsection (3) of this section.

††††† (3) The supervising professional shall maintain a written record for supervision that:

††††† (a) Is dated and signed by both the KYPSS and supervisor for each meeting; and

††††† (b) Includes a description of the encounter that specifies:

††††† 1. The topic discussed;

††††† 2. Any specific action to be taken;

††††† 3. An update for any issue previously discussed that required follow-up; and

††††† 4. A plan for additional training needs if any were identified.

 

††††† Section 8. [Employment. A Kentucky Youth Peer Support Specialist may be employed by a:

††††† (1) Member agency of the State Interagency Council;

††††† (2) State operated facility; or

††††† (3) State-contracted provider.

 

††††† Section 9.] Incorporation by Reference. (1) "Kentucky Youth Peer Support Specialist Core Competency Training Application", May 2014, is incorporated by reference.

††††† (2) This material may be inspected, copied, or obtained, subject to applicable copyright law, at the Department for Behavioral Health, Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities, 100 Fair Oaks Lane, Frankfort, Kentucky 40621, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

 

MARY REINLE BEGLEY, Commissioner

AUDREY TAYSE HAYNES, Secretary

††††† APPROVED BY AGENCY: January 29, 2014

††††† FILED WITH LRC: February 6, 2014 at noon

††††† CONTACT PERSON: Tricia Orme, Office of Legal Services, 275 East Main Street 5 W-B, Frankfort, Kentucky 40621, phone (502) 564-7905, fax (502) 564-7573, email tricia.orme@ky.gov.