ODP Announcement 20-091 is to inform all impacted parties that there will be a delay in the implementation of the certification and credentialing requirements for employment services in the Adult Autism Waiver.
Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, the Office of Developmental Programs has received approval from CMS to delay the implementation of these requirements. Each of the aforementioned requirements are being delayed by one year. The following timeframes now apply:
Staff hired prior to January 1, 2021 must have one of the following by July 1, 2021:
- A CESP credential;
- A Basic Employment Services Certificate of Achievement from an ACRE organization member that has an ACRE-approved training; or
- A Professional Certificate of Achievement in Employment Services from an ACRE organization member that has an ACRE-approved training.
Staff hired on or after January 1, 2021 must have one of the above credentials or training within six months of hire.
Beginning July 1, 2021, newly hired staff who do not have the required certification when hired must work under the supervision of someone who is certified. This can occur for no longer than 6 months from the date of hire to allow the new hire time to obtain the certification.
ODP recommends that all impacted providers that have staff who are required to have one of these employment credentials or certificates start the process now if they have not already done so. There will be no further delays granted in implementation of this qualification criteria.
These changes will be reflected in a future amendment to the Adult Autism Waiver. Questions about this communication should be directed to the appropriate regional office of the Bureau of Supports for Autism and Special Populations.