Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services
State Board of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services
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10/21/19  12:17 pm
Commenter: Provider


These training requirements are not possible.  Medication Management requires a nurse and most private providers don't employ a nurse... and the ones that do likely don't have that nurse only doing Medication Management (which is a multiple day training).

The language should reflect that this training should be provided before a staff person can be given medication management responsibilities.  Requiring this of all staff, especially in such a small time frame, is going to further limit the ability to hire in a timely fashion. 

Considering what organizations are able to pay for quality direct support professionals it isn't feasible to then make those qualified applicants wait until most of these trainings can be scheduled.  

Why wait an extra month to start a challenging new career when you can start tomorrow at Taco Bell making more money with less hassle?  

Poll every provider in the state and I'm sure you'll see that onboarding and maintaining quality staff is the biggest challenge we face.  Let's not make it more complicated.  

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