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(1) "Behavioral Aide" means for therapeutic foster care permanency, an unlicensed employee of the mental health center who works under the supervision of the licensed mental health professional. All behavioral aides must have, at a minimum, a high school diploma and at least two years of experience working with emotionally disturbed youth or providing direct services in a human services field. Aides may only provide services for which they have demonstrated competency and which are not limited to the scope and practice of the licensed mental health professional.

(2) "Caregiver" means a person responsible for the well-being of the youth on a day-to-day basis with written permission from the legal representative of the youth, when applicable.

(3) "Clinical lead" means a person who is an employee of the provider agency who is responsible for the supervision and overall provision of treatment services to youth in HSS and TFC. Effective January 31, 2014, the clinical lead must be a licensed mental health professional as defined in ARM 37.87.102 or an individual providing in-training mental health services as defined in ARM 37.87.702.

(4) "Concurrent" means any time during the 90-day period of the individualized treatment plan for HSS and TFC, unless the youth is discharged from service.

(5) "Home support services (HSS)" and "therapeutic foster care (TFC)" means medically necessary, intensive in-home services delivered by providers with specialized training and experience working with caregivers and youth in their homes, with temporary services available when a youth is homeless for less than 90 days.

(6) "Home support services specialist" means a person who is an employee of the provider agency who provides therapeutic interventions to youth who are receiving HSS and TFC. The home support services specialist (HSS-S) must have a bachelor's degree in a human services field, or a combination of experience and education equivalent to a bachelor's degree. For a HSS-S, six years of human services experience equates to a bachelor's degree and each year of post-secondary education in human services equates to one year experience.


History: 53-2-201, 53-6-113, MCA; IMP, 53-2-201, 53-6-101, MCA; NEW, 2013 MAR p. 166, Eff. 2/1/13; AMD, 2020 MAR p. 691, Eff. 11/1/20.

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