Training and professional development opportunities for employees shall be provided to enable them to best carry out the responsibilities of their jobs.

The Arc Executive Director or appointed designee shall determine what training and development opportunities shall be made available to appropriate staff.  All training shall be at the expense of The Arc and shall be documented in the personnel records.

First Aid and CPR 

All direct support staff are required to hold a current certificate in standard first aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation. A licensed medical professional who holds a current professional license shall be deemed to hold a current certificate in first aid, but not in CPR. Staff shall maintain a well-stocked first aid kit which is readily accessible for minor injuries and medical emergencies. At a minimum, the kit shall contain the following:  thermometer, bandages, saline solution, Band-Aids, sterile gauze, tweezers, instant ice­pack, adhesive tape, first aid cream, antiseptic soap, and a cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) face guard.

Med­tech

A sufficient number of direct support staff shall be trained in medication administration. At least one med­tech is to be on duty at all times in the Center-based program.  All-In, In-home and Respite workers must be certified as med-techs in order to provide unsupervised direct care.    Med errors shall be documented and reported to the Local Human Rights Committee.

Annual Human Rights Training

Training in human rights shall be updated each year. Staff shall be expected to undergo an annual written exam. Suspicions of a participants’ abuse, neglect, or exploitation shall be reported immediately to the local DSS Adult Protective Services (APS).

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