Dementia Training for Direct Care Staff in Residential Facilities

Dementia Training for Direct Care Staff in Residential Facilities

Section 151:47

 

[RSA 151:47 effective January 1, 2020.]
    151:47 Definitions. –
In this subdivision:
I. “Covered administrative staff member” means the senior manager of the facility or program, including administrators, as well as managerial staff members that directly supervise covered direct service staff members.
II. “Covered direct service staff member” means a staff member whose work involves extensive contact with residents or program participants. Such staff members include: certified nursing assistants, nurse aides, personal care assistants, home health or personal care aides, licensed practical nurses, licensed vocational nurses, registered nurses, social workers, activity directors, and dietary staff.
III. “Department” means the department of health and human services.
IV. “Facilities or programs” means residential facilities or home and community-based programs, serving an adult population, licensed as appropriate under this chapter, that provide supportive services including, but not limited to, skilled care facilities, intermediate care facilities, assisted living facilities, residential care for the elderly, adult day programs, home health, in-home services, or adult family care homes or programs that advertise specialty memory care that have residents or program participants with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias.
V. “Other covered staff member” means a staff member who has incidental contact on a recurring basis with residents or program participants, including housekeeping staff, front desk staff, maintenance staff, other administrative staff, and other individuals who have such incidental contact.
VI. “Staff member” includes full and part-time employees, independent consultants, and staff of contractors and subcontractors.

Source. 2019, 346:366, eff. Jan. 1, 2020.

Section 151:48

 

[RSA 151:48 effective January 1, 2020.]
    151:48 Initial and Continuing Training in Dementia Required. –
I. Facilities and programs shall provide initial training to:
(a) All covered staff members hired on or after July 1, 2019, who shall complete initial training within 6 months of the commencement of employment.
(b) All covered staff members who were employed prior to the date under subparagraph (a) and who have not received equivalent training; such training shall be completed within 6 months of that date.
II. Each facility or program shall establish a system for ongoing onsite support, supervision, and mentoring for its staff with regard to the treatment and care of persons with dementia.
III. For covered direct service staff members and covered administrative staff members, at a minimum, the curriculum used for the initial training shall adhere to the latest nationwide Alzheimer’s Association Dementia Care Practice Recommendations and, at a minimum, cover the following topics:
(a) Alzheimer’s disease and dementia;
(b) Person-centered care;
(c) Assessment and care planning;
(d) Activities of daily living; and
(e) Dementia-related behaviors and communication.
IV. For other covered staff members, training shall include, at a minimum, communication issues related to dementia.
V. Initial dementia training shall be considered complete only after the staff member has taken and passed an evaluation.

Source. 2019, 346:366, eff. Jan. 1, 2020.

Section 151:49

 

[RSA 151:49 effective January 1, 2020.]
    151:49 Portability. –
I. The facility or staff shall issue a certificate to covered staff members upon completion of initial training, which shall be portable between settings. Provided that the covered staff member does not have a lapse of dementia related direct service or administration employment for 24 consecutive months or more, the covered staff member shall not be required to repeat the initial dementia training.
II. Covered staff members shall be responsible for maintaining records of certificates received.

Source. 2019, 346:366, eff. Jan. 1, 2020.

Section 151:50

[RSA 151:50 effective January 1, 2020.]
    151:50 Continuing Education. – In addition to initial training, the commissioner shall adopt rules to determine when and how often continuing education on dementia shall be required. Such continuing education shall include new information on best practices in the treatment and care of persons with dementia. The department shall require at least a minimum of 6 hours of initial continuing education for covered administrative staff members and covered direct service staff members and shall require at least a minimum of 4 hours of ongoing training each calendar year. Such continuing education shall include new information on best practices in the treatment and care of persons with dementia.

Source. 2019, 346:366, eff. Jan. 1, 2020.

Section 151:51

 

[RSA 151:51 effective January 1, 2020.]
    151:51 Requirements for Trainers; Training Costs. – Persons responsible for conducting in-person dementia trainings shall meet minimum criteria including: 2 years of work experience related to Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias or in health care, gerontology, or other related field; and have completed training equivalent to the requirements provided herein. Covered staff members shall not be required to bear any of the cost of training or to attend trainings and shall receive their normal compensation when attending required trainings.

Source. 2019, 346:366, eff. Jan. 1, 2020.

Section 151:52

 

[RSA 151:52 effective January 1, 2020.]
    151:52 Departmental Oversight. –
I. The department shall exercise oversight of a facility’s or program’s dementia training program as part of its comprehensive regulatory responsibilities. Such oversight shall:
(a) Ensure that the facility or program provides continuing education opportunities.
(b) Ensure that the facility or program uses designated online training programs or facility-based training that meets the requirements for dementia training in the state.
(c) Ensure compliance with any other requirements specified in this subdivision.
II. The department may use all of its enforcement tools to ensure that facilities and programs comply with paragraph I.

Source. 2019, 346:366, eff. Jan. 1, 2020.