(1) Employees shall receive orientation and training in areas relevant to the employee's duties and responsibilities including:

(a) an overview of the facility's policies and procedure manual in areas relevant to the employee's job responsibilities;

(b) a review of the employee's job description;

(c) services provided by the facility;

(d) rights of persons served; and

(e) safety and emergency response procedures.

(2) In addition to meeting the requirements of (4), direct care staff shall be trained to perform the services established in each patient treatment plan.

(3) All direct care staff must receive full orientation before providing direct patient care or treatment.

(4) The following must be met in staffing the facility:

(a) direct care staff shall have knowledge of the patient's needs and any events about which the employee should notify the administrator or the administrator's designated representative;

(b) the facility shall have a sufficient number of qualified staff on duty 24 hours a day to meet the scheduled and unscheduled needs of each patient, to respond in emergency situations, and to provide active treatment and provision of all related services including but not limited to:

(i) maintenance of order, safety, and cleanliness;

(ii) assistance with medication regimens;

(iii) preparation and service of meals;

(iv) housekeeping services and assistance with laundry; and

(v) assurance that each patient receives the supervision and care required by the treatment plan to meet the patient's basic needs.

(c) an individual on each work shift shall have keys to all relevant patient care areas and access to all items needed to provide appropriate patient treatment and care.

(5) The facility will employ registered nurses. The facility must be staffed by a registered nurse 24 hours a day, seven days per week. The RN may also serve as a supervisor.

(6) Ancillary services such as laboratory or radiological services must be available to BHIF patients. A BHIF may either provide ancillary services directly or contract with a facility licensed to provide such services. If the ancillary services are not provided in the BHIF, the BHIF must make arrangements with the ancillary service provider for each individual patient prior to the patient's ancillary services.

History: 53-21-194, MCA; IMP, 53-21-161, 53-21-194, MCA; NEW, 2009 MAR p. 1801, Eff. 10/16/09.