Guidelines for NAMI Maine Certified Respite Providers
A successful and effective NAMI Maine Certified Respite Provider:
- Provides respite for at least one family.
- Acts in a professional manner when dealing with children and families.
- Respects the confidentiality of families and children at all times.
- Is reliable, exercising good judgment and gives children undivided attention.
- Returns phone calls promptly.
- Arrives on time to provide respite.
- Acts only as a NAMI Respite Provider, following parent's instructions and does not offer advice regarding school programs, therapies, or any aspect of the child's care.
- Contacts the NAMI Program Director with questions about the program including policy, procedures and billing.
- Promptly informs NAMI Respite Services of any changes in availability, address, phone number, or additional training documentation to be revised in the next register.
- Promptly informs NAMI Respite Services of additions to the household of anyone over 18 years, if respite care takes place in the provider's home.
- Always has a current Community CPR and Standard First Aid certification, and complies with certification requirements for maintaining certification and for re-certification.
NAMI Maine Certification Procedures:
The following is required in order to be considered for NAMI Maine certified provider:
- A NAMI Maine certified provider application
- two references,
- skills assessment
- DHHS, SBI, & DMV background checks,
- CPR, First Aid & BBP certification
- Completion of online training and exam OR Independent Certification (BHP, LCPC, etc)
- NAMI Maine Orientation process
Participants with documented previous training and experience (certificates, CEU's, transcripts, or recommendations) may have a training module waived when the previous training meets or exceeds the level of NAMI Maine Respite training offered. Participants are required to submit documents of pertinent training to the NAMI Maine Program Director for consideration.
Certification: Individuals aged 18-79 are eligible for certification.NAMI Maine Certification will be offered to those individuals who successfully complete all training modules (unless attendance is waived) either in class, or using the on-line training, and have acceptable background checks and references.
Background Checks: Anyone applying for certification as a NAMI Maine certified respite provider must sign a release allowing the NAMI Maine Program Director to conduct checks with the Department of Human Services (for child abuse and neglect allegations). Background checks will also be conducted with the State Bureau of Identification (for a criminal record check) and the Bureau of Motor Vehicles, although these do not require the providers consent as they are public records. Specific conditions may be applied, or certification denied, to individuals whose background checks may prove detrimental. Any adult 18 years of age or older, living in the home of a potential NAMI Maine certified respite provider must also sign a release agreeing to all the background checks, if children will be cared for in the NAMI certified provider's home.
Felonies that will result in denial of certification include:
- Sexual Exploitation of Minors
- Kidnapping and Criminal Restraint
- Offenses Against the Family
- Arson and Other Property Destruction
- Prostitution and Public Indecency
- Criminal Use of Explosive and Related Crimes
- Cruelty to Animals
- Violation of Child Protection Act
- Rape and Carnal Knowledge
- Inhalation of Certain Vapors
Background Check Guidelines
A. State Bureau of Identification
- Any background check showing a Felony that is included in the above list will automatically result in denial of certification;
- Any background check showing one or more other offenses (misdemeanors) within the last 10 years will require an additional statement of explanation from the potential provider;
- Any background check showing more than two other offenses, even if older than 10 years, will require an additional statement of explanation from the potential provider;
- Based on potential provider's statement of explanation, number of offenses, and age of offenses, certification will be based on NAMI's Program Director's discretion.
- If subject is a housemate of potential provider, the NAMI Maine Respite Director may determine that the provider can be certified, but be restricted from providing NAMI Respite in his/her home.
- Potential NAMI certified providesr may appeal denial of certification in writing, and must then submit two letters of reference which address the past offenses and current suitability to care for children.
B. Department of Motor Vehicles
- Any background check showing an OUI within the last three years will result in an automatic denial of certification;
- Any background check showing three (3) or more speeding offenses within the last three (3) years will require an additional statement of explanation;
- Any background check showing more than one accident within the last three (3) years will require an additional statement of explanation;
- Based on subject's statement of explanation, certification will be at NAMI MAINE 's Program Director's discretion.
- NAMI Maine's Director may determine that a NAMI certified provider can be certified, but is restricted from transporting children.
- Subject may appeal the denial of certification in writing.
C. Department of Health and Human Services
- Any background check showing a substantiated case of abuse or neglect will result in automatic denial of certification, unless a subject also submits a letter from the Department of Health and Human Services outlining his/her current suitability to care for children;
- Based on statement of explanation, number of allegations, and age of reports, certification will be based on NAMI Maine's Director's discretion.
- If subject is a housemate of potential provider, theNAMI Maine Director may determine that the provider can be certified, but is restricted from providing NAMI Respite in his/her home.
- Subject may appeal denial of certification in writing.
D. DHHS Office of Inspector General
- Any background check showing that the potential provider has engaged in fraud will result in a denial of certification.
- Subject may appeal denial of certification in writing.
Reservation of Rights: The NAMI Maine Respite Program reserves the right to deny or revoke certification to individuals whose performance and/or personal behavior are inconsistent with those of agency expectations. TheNAMI Maine Respite Program reserves the right to refuse to enter into or continue any and all relations with certified providers at any time.
Re-certification - The NAMI Maine.Respite Provider certification is valid for two years. In order to be re-certified the following criteria must be met:
- NAMI Maine certified providers must be actively providing care to at least one family and have at least one positive evaluation.
- Nine hours of advanced training for continuing education is required each year, and may come from the NAMI Maine Respite Program or other venues providing services to children with special needs (ex. conference, employment, schools).
- Current certification in CPR, First Aid & BBP.
- Current satisfactory background checks.
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