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Virginia Administrative Code
Title 12. Health
Agency 35. Department of Behavioral Health And Developmental Services
Chapter 46. Regulations for Children's Residential Facilities
8/18/2022

12VAC35-46-350. Program director.

A. The facility's program shall be directed by one or more qualified persons.

B. Persons directing programs shall be responsible for the development and implementation of the programs and services offered by the facility, including overseeing assessments, service planning, staff scheduling, and supervision.

C. Persons directing programs of a facility licensed to care for 13 or more residents shall be full-time, qualified staff members.

D. A person appointed after December 28, 2007, to direct programs shall have at least:

1. A master's degree in social work, psychology, counseling, or nursing and a combination of two years professional experience with children in a children's residential facility and in administration or supervision;

2. A baccalaureate degree in social work, psychology, counseling, or nursing and a combination of three years professional experience with children in a children's residential facility and in administration or supervision;

3. A baccalaureate degree and a combination of four years of professional experience with children in a children's residential facility and in administration or supervision; or

4. A license issued by the Commonwealth of Virginia as a drug or alcoholism counselor/worker if the facility's purpose is to treat drug abuse or alcoholism.

E. For services providing brain injury services, a person appointed to direct programs shall have a master's degree in psychology, or be a nurse licensed in Virginia, a rehabilitation professional licensed in Virginia, or a Certified Brain Injury Specialist with at least one year of clinical experience working with individuals with brain injury. Program directors who hold a bachelor's degree in the field of institutional management, social work, education, or other allied discipline shall have a minimum of two years of experience working with individuals with brain injury.

F. Any applicant for the program director position shall submit the following to demonstrate compliance with the qualifications required by this regulation for the program director:

1. Official transcripts from the accredited college or university of attendance within 30 days of hire; and

2. Documentation of prior relevant experience.

Statutory Authority

§§ 37.2-408 and 37.2-203 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 25, Issue 21, eff. August 6, 2009.

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