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Revisions Planned for Chapter 3800 Medication Administration Training
September 19, 2005

Uniform Standards for Training and Practice
As the Department of Public Welfare moves forward to review and revise the Chapter 3800 regulations for residential and day treatment programs, the first task is to revise and improve upon the current model for medication administration training. Provider agencies and medication administration trainers/instructors have been waiting to learn how the Office of Children, Youth and Families (OCYF) would address the need for recertification of training. The first step in that process will be for OCYF and provider representatives from all of the child and adolescent residential service provider systems to review the DPW plan. The review will develop a uniform and standardized model for training and practice that can be adapted for the full range of care, detention, and treatment settings serving children, adolescents, and adults. PCPA will actively participate in that process. Members who provide services in facilities licensed under the Chapter 3800 regulations can expect to be informed by DPW about this initiative in the next few weeks.

OMR to Provide Core Curriculum
The Office of Mental Retardation (OMR) has spent several years developing a comprehensive training model and instructional support materials related to medication administration in residential community service settings. DPW has identified the OMR curriculum as the foundation for evolving and improving the current Chapter 3800 medication administration training and practice protocol. Over the next several months, representatives from DPW’s program and policy offices will join provider community representatives to enhance and refine the OMR model to meet the diverse needs of children and adolescents in residential and day treatment settings. PCPA will keep members informed about developments.

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