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Required Mandated Reporter Training for Licensure
August 6, 2014

Effective January 1, 2015, all persons applying for the issuance of an initial license shall be required to complete 3 hours of DPW approved training in child abuse recognition and reporting requirements as a condition of licensure. The Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs (BPOA), in conjunction with the Department of Public Welfare (DPW), is providing advance notice to all health-related licensees that are considered “mandatory reporters” under section 6311 of the Child Protective Services Law (CPSL) (23 P.S. ยง 6311), as amended.

Additionally, effective with the first license renewal after January 1, 2015, all health-related licensees applying for the renewal of a license issued by the Board shall be required to complete at least 2 hours of Board-approved continuing education in child abuse recognition and reporting requirements as a condition of renewal. Note that Act 31 applies to all health related licensees, regardless of whether they are subject to the continuing education requirements of the applicable board. More information regarding this requirement will be posted on the BPOA website when it is available. Act 31 may be viewed at the following link:
http://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/Legis/LI/uconsCheck.cfm?txtType=HTM&yr=2014&sessInd=0&smthLwInd=0&act=31.

RCPA will be working with DPW and other state organizations that represent health and mental health care professionals to clarify the initial and post licensure training requirements and to develop or identify training options for our members.

 

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