Commissioner Barber recently issued this communication regarding expanded qualifications and certification requirements for prescreeners.
This FAQ page is designed to assist CSB/BHA Emergency Services departments and their staff in understanding the new qualifications and certification requirements.
If you would like to submit a question, please email Mike O’Connor at Michael.OConnor@dbhds.virginia.gov with the word “QUESTION” in the subject line of the email.
This page will be updated weekly until such time as it is no longer needed.
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Posted 09 JUN 2017
Are “hours” toward prescreener certification available for completing Part II of the required training for Certified Prescreening Clinicians?
Where can I find the additional modules required for certification of Preadmission Screening Clinicians?
Posted 09 AUG 2016
What is the deadline for completing Part I of the new training modules?
Posted 02 AUG 2016
What license must a supervisor possess to meet the new criteria?
Posted 29 JUN 2016
Will contact hours for recertification purposes be awarded for completion of the required modules?
Posted 20 APR 2016
The section that refers to the orientation items that need to be covered does not seem to really apply for current prescreeners. Does the Orientation Checklist have to be completed for those certified prior to 7/1/16. We will have the documentation of what was required when they were initially certified, which was (and still currently is) educational requirements, orientation to local resources, and completion of on-line modules. Will this suffice?
Posted 19 APR 2016
The information that has been provided is somewhat confusing regarding requesting variances. If a current employee is a certified prescreener either hired prior to 7/1/2008 or between 7/1/2008 and 7/1/2016, is a variance required if the employee does not meet the new enhanced educational criteria? For example, a Master's degree that is not from a CACREP program, a Nurse that does not have a BSN, or a prescreener hired with a B.S. degree and certified prior to 7/1/2008.
Posted 18 APR 2016
We have our own orientation form that meets DBHDS requirements. May we use that instead of the form sent out by DBHDS?
Posted 08 APR 2016
Where is the application for certification of prescreeners who are currently certified? Will it be attached to the modules or is it separate?
Regarding the entire guidance: if a clinician is already licensed and prescreen certified, they need to reapply and take the new modules, but does the license override the requirements around education (particular masters degrees) at that point?
Page 1 of the Certification guidance includes a discreet list of masters degrees, which does not capture all of the license eligible degrees in Virginia or all the accrediting bodies for these programs. As you know, there is wide variability here. Do clinicians who do not have these specific Masters Degrees, but are license eligible need to submit to DBHDS for review? Is there a way to more comprehensively address this and include more accrediting bodies and/or specific masters degrees?
What topics/format should be used for the clinical supervision hours?
What topics are considered relevant for the “relevant continuing education”?
What is the recommended format/process for chart reviews?
I was under the impression that the educational requirement was set at 16 hours every certification period, which for most will be 2 years. What is correct?
Many of us have interpreted the 2008 regulations as pre-screeners must have a ‘masters leading to licensure’ – meaning that someone that had a master’s degree but needed to complete additional hours to become ‘licensed eligible’ – could work as a pre-screener. Is this still a correct interpretation for someone hired prior to July 1, 2016?
Can I as the ES Manager, hire a Licensed Certified Preadmissions Clinician with two years ES experience PRN to provide the necessary 12 hours of clinical supervision to my staff? I would assume no, since that PRN does not have the authority to direct my full-time staff’s work?
Will “Supervisor” be added to the variance list on the Request for Variance from Prescreener Certification Requirements form that was circulated with your Feb 8 memo to the VACSB?
Can a supervisor granted a variance provide any of the 12 yearly hours required?
Must the required two years’ experience working in emergency services or with persons with serious mental illness for the supervisor be post-license attainment or can they be pre-license attainment?
Can you substitute two years working with Seriously Emotionally Disturbed for all or any part of the 2 years with the SMI?
If you provide less than 12 hours of supervision, are you still exempt from your needing to receive 12 hours yourself?
Is there a minimum number of allowable supervision minutes per session. In other words, if I want to meet with my staff for 15 minutes/week for 4 times/month which would equal the 12 hours year, is that acceptable?
Posted 05 APR 2016
Does the process for retaining experienced staff also apply to supervisors?
Do staff who were certified to do prescreenings prior to 7/1/16 need to go through orientation again?
Do certified preadmission screeners that work at more than one CSB need separate certifications for each.
Do certified preadmission screeners that work at more than one CSB need to receive the 12 hours of required clinical supervision from each CSB.
Can the amount of supervision be prorated for part time staff?
Can supervision be conducted telephonically?
Does supervision have to be one on one?
Can on the spot supervision during evaluations count toward the supervisory requirement?
An employee was hired under the rules put in place after 7/1/2008. They have a master’s degree that was accepted by the Professional Counseling Board provided he took a couple of additional courses. These course were taken but in the interim the Professional Counseling Board changed their stance and now refuses to consider a degree in clinical psychology. Will this person require a variance in order to be certified after 7/1/16?