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317:40-5-55.Specialized Foster Care provider responsibilities

[Revised 07-01-13]

(a) General responsibilities.  The responsibilities of all Specialized Foster Care (SFC) providers are listed in this Section.

(1) Providers of SFC are required to meet all applicable standards per OAC 317:40-5-40.

(2) Providers of SFC are required to receive competency based training per OAC 340:100-3-38.  The provider keeps all required training up to date and submits documentation to the SFC specialist at the time training is completed.

(3) The provider is an active participant of the member's Team and assists in the development of the member's Individual Plan (Plan) per OAC 340:100-5-50 through 100-5-58.

(4) The provider documents and notifies the case manager of any changes in behaviors or medical conditions of the member within one working day.  Incident reports are completed by the SFC provider and submitted to the Developmental Disabilities Services Division (DDSD) case manager per OAC 340:100-3-34.

(5) The SFC provider is available to the member at any time.

(6) The primary responsibility of the SFC provider is to provide SFC services to the member.  The SFC provider does not have employment unless the employment has been pre-approved by the residential programs supervisor for DDSD.

(A) Generally, providers are not approved for employment because the provider must be available before and after school or vocational programs and often during the day due to holidays or illnesses.

(B) If, after receiving approval for employment, it is found that the SFC provider's employment interferes with the care, training, or supervision needed by the member, the provider must determine if he or she wants to terminate the employment or have the member moved from the home.

(C) DDSD does not authorize Homemaker, Habilitation Training Specialist, or respite services in order for the SFC provider to perform employment.

(7) The provider does not deliver services that duplicate the services mandated to be provided by the public school district pursuant to the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act (IDEA-B).

(8) The provider allows the member to have experiences, both in and out of the home, to enhance the member's development, learning, growth, independence, community inclusion, and well-being, while assisting the member to achieve his or her maximum level of independence.

(9) The provider ensures confidentiality is maintained regarding the member per OAC 340:100-3-2.

(10) The provider is sensitive to and assists the member in participating in the member's choice of religious faith.  No member is expected to attend any religious service against his or her wishes.

(11) The provider arranges, and ensures that the member obtains a dental examination at least annually, and is responsible for obtaining regular and emergency medical services as needed. 

(12) The provider has a valid driver license, maintains a motor vehicle in working order, and complies with requirements of OAC 317:40-5-103, Transportation.

(13) The provider transports or arranges transportation, using adapted transportation when appropriate, for the member to and from school, employment, church, recreational activities, and medical or therapy appointments.

(A) SFC providers may enter into a transportation contract.

(B) The provider must assure availability and use of an approved and appropriate child auto restraint system as required by law in transporting children and, in cases of adults receiving services, any additional safety devices identified as necessary in the Plan.

(14) The provider assures the member is clean, appropriately dressed, and on time for activities and appointments.

(15) The provider ensures no other adult or child is cared for or resides in the home on a regular or part-time basis that was not approved through the home profile review process or without prior approval from the DDSD area manager or designee.

(16) The provider does not provide services to more than three individuals regardless of the type of service provided, including SFC, Children and Family Services Division foster care, respite, baby-sitting, or other such services.  Any exception to this paragraph must be approved in writing by the director of DDSD or designee prior to authorization or service delivery.

(17) The provider permits visitation and monitoring of the home by authorized DDSD staff.  In order to assure maintenance of standards, some visits are unannounced.  The visits occur at least monthly and are not intended to be intrusive but to ensure the safety and well-being of the member.

(18) The provider encourages and cooperates in planning visits in the SFC home by relatives, guardians, or friends of the member.  Visits by the member to the home of friends or relatives must be approved by the member's legally authorized representative.

(19) The provider abides by the policies of DDSD per OAC 340:100-3-12, Prohibition of client abuse, and OAC 340:100-5-58, Prohibited procedures.  The provider is prohibited from signing an authorization for school personnel to use physical discipline or corporal punishment.

(20) The provider notifies the DDSD case manager when the need arises for substitute supervision in the event of an emergency, in accordance with the Backup Plan, per OAC 317:40-5-59.  If the provider is out of the home for a short duration, a natural support in the home can provide time-limited supervision.

(A) A natural support is defined as an adult relative or spouse of the specialized foster parent that resides in the home.

(B) The Team approves the natural support and defines when this support may be accessed.

(C) Persons who are considered a natural support must complete training per OAC 340:100-3-38.12.

(D) Persons acting as a natural support may only provide supervision for brief, intermittent time periods.

(21) The provider provides written 30-day notice to the member and DDSD case manager when it is necessary for a member to be moved from the home.

(22) The SFC provider does not serve as representative payee for the member.

(23) The provider ensures the member's funds are properly safeguarded.

(24) The provider assists the member in accessing and using entitlement programs for which the member may be eligible.

(25) The provider must use the room and board reimbursement payment to meet the member's needs, as specified in the room and board contract.

(A) The provider retains a copy of the current room and board contract in the home at all times.

(B) Items purchased with the room and board reimbursement include, but are not limited to:

(i) housing;

(ii) food;

(iii) clothing;

(iv) care;

(v) incidental expenses such as:

(I) birthday and Christmas gifts;

(II) haircuts;

(III) personal grooming equipment;

(IV) allowances;

(V) toys;

(VI) school supplies and lunches;

(VII) school pictures;

(VIII) costs of recreational activities;

(IX) special clothing items required for dress occasions and school classes such as gym shorts and shirts;

(X) extracurricular athletic and other equipment, including uniforms, needed for the member to pursue his or her particular interests or job;

(XI) prom and graduation expenses including caps, gowns, rings, pictures, and announcements;

(XII) routine transportation expenses involved in meeting the member's medical, educational, or recreational needs, unless the provider has a transportation contract;

(XIII) non-prescription medication; and

(XIV) other maintenance supplies required by the member.

(C) All items purchased for the member with the room and board payment are the property of the member and are given by the provider to the member when a change of residence occurs.

(D) The room and board payment is made on a monthly basis and is prorated based on the actual days the member is in the home on the initial and final months of residence.

(26) The provider maintains a Personal Possession Inventory Form 06AC022E (DDS-22) for each member living in the home.

(27) The provider maintains the member's home record per OAC 340:100-3-40.

(28) The provider immediately reports to the DDSD SFC staff all changes in the household including, but not limited to:

(A) telephone number;

(B) address;

(C) marriage or divorce;

(D) persons moving into or out of the home;

(E) provider's health status;

(F) provider's employment; and

(G) provider's income.

(29) The provider maintains home owner's or renter's insurance, including applicable liability coverages, and provides a copy to the SFC Specialist.

(30) The provider serves as the Health Care Coordinator and follows the Health Care Coordinator policy per OAC 340:100-5-26.

(31) Each SFC provider follows all applicable rules of the Oklahoma Department of Human Services and the Oklahoma Health Care Authority, promotes the independence of the member, and follows recommendations of the member's Team.

(b) Responsibilities specific to SFC providers serving children.  The provider is charged with the same general legal responsibility any parent has to exercise reasonable and prudent behavior in his or her actions and in the supervision and support of the child.

(1) The provider works with the DDSD case manager and CFSD staff when the provider needs respite for a child in custody.

(2) The provider participates in the development of the Individual Education Plan (IEP) and may serve as surrogate parent when appropriate.

(3) The provider obtains permission and legal consent from the child's custodial parent or guardian and DDSD case manager prior to traveling out of state for an overnight visit.  If the child is in the custody of the OKDHS, the permission of the CFSD specialist is also secured.

(4) The provider obtains permission and legal consent from the child's custodial parent or guardian and DDSD case manager prior to involvement of the child in any publicity.  If the child is in OKDHS custody, the permission of the CFSD specialist is also secured.

(5) The provider reports any abuse, neglect, sexual abuse, or sexual exploitation of children per Section 1-2-101 of Title 10A of the Oklahoma Statutes to the Abuse Hotline at 1-800-522-3511.

(c) Responsibilities specific to SFC providers serving adults.  Additional SFC provider responsibilities for serving adults are given in this Subsection.

(1) The provider obtains permission from the member's legal guardian, when applicable, and notifies the DDSD case manager, prior to:

(A) traveling out of state for an overnight visit.

(B) involvement of the member in any publicity.

(2) When the member is his or her own payee or has a representative payee, the provider ensures the monthly contribution for services as identified in a written agreement between the member and the provider, is used toward the cost of food, rent, and household expenses.

(A) The member's minimum monthly contribution is $250.00 per month.

(B) Changes in the member's monthly contribution are developed on an individualized basis by the member's Team.

(3) Reports suspected maltreatment including abuse, verbal abuse, sexual abuse, neglect, financial neglect, and/or exploitation of a vulnerable adult per Section 10-104 of Title 43A of the Oklahoma Statutes to the Office of Client Advocacy (OCA).

Disclaimer. The OHCA rules found on this Web site are unofficial. The official rules are published by the Oklahoma Secretary of State Office of Administrative Rules as Title 317 of the Oklahoma Administrative Code. To order an official copy of these rules, contact the Office of Administrative Rules at (405) 521-4911.