There were around 2,066 individual providers who did not complete their continuing education training requirements for 2010. Thus, the department’s field offices and the Training Partnership are suggesting that those individuals contact a DSHS approved instructor to sign up for a continuing education class.
We realize that not all approved community instructors offer continuing education classes. However, at this point, we do not have a way to identify which community instructors offer continuing education classes. As a result, you may receive calls from these individuals who need to take continuing education classes through your training program. If you offer CE classes, you are not restricted from providing those classes to those individuals (since they are no longer IPs) since they are considered out of compliance and thus must take this training outside of the training partnership.
You may want to ask the individual (who is contacting you to take CE classes) for evidence that they are out of compliance. All IPs who are out of compliance with the training requirements should have a letter written to them or their client saying they were going to be terminated by 12/31/10 if they did not complete the CE training by that date. Thus, you could ask for this type of documentation prior to allowing the individual to take the CE class from you.
We hope that this provides clarification to you. Please contact us at (360) 725-2550 if you have questions.
Nancy Brubaker, Department of Social and Health Services Program Manager