Section 950-1-3-.15 - Application For Approval (Alabama Administrative Code)

§ 950-1-3-.15. Application For Approval

(1) Persons who desire to provide therapeutic services to Juvenile Criminal Sex Offenders must submit an application for approval to the Department or designated entity. Application packets may be requested via the Department's website.

(a) Persons who provide direct treatment services to Juvenile Criminal Sex Offenders will provide the necessary personal information required for the Department to conduct or to have conducted an authorized criminal records check and clearance with the Child Abuse/Neglect Central Registry. Persons currently charged with or convicted of an offense involving moral turpitude cannot be engaged in therapeutic practice with Juvenile Criminal Sex Offenders.

(b) Providers working with Juvenile Criminal Sex Offenders must carry adequate liability insurance and provide the Department with written verification that the insurance coverage is in force. The provider must have a minimum of $1,000,000.00 liability coverage with $500,000.00 for each occurrence. Verification of coverage should be provided at the time of the application for approval as a provider and annually as requested. A provider must notify the Department immediately upon the cancellation of said liability coverage.

(c) The Department will utilize reviewers from an arranged panel, which includes persons who represent the recognized mental health disciplines to review all applications. The requirements mandated by these rules will be used to evaluate the applications. Panel members will make recommendations regarding practitioner training, treatment practices, and certification for Juvenile sex offender treatment services.

(d) Providers approved for practice with Juvenile Criminal Sex Offenders will be approved for three (3) years. The Legal Division of the Department will provide a list of local approved providers be to Alabama Juvenile courts upon request. The Legal Division of the Department will receive and approve requests for the provider list for purposes outside of Juvenile court.

(e) Approved providers must submit changes in contact information within two (2) weeks of said change. Changes in agency affiliation and/or program services (i.e., treatment practices), must also be submitted within two (2) weeks.

(f) Provisionally approved applicants under the supervision of an approved Treatment Provider-supervisor, will not be included on the provider list until full certification is obtained.

(g) Renewal applications shall be submitted during the third (3rd) year, at least three (3) months prior to certification expiration. Documentation of current professional licensure will be required for the certification renewal process, and a new criminal records check may be completed.

(New Rule: August 16, 2002; effective September 20, 2002. Amended by Alabama Administrative Monthly Volume XXXVII, Issue No. 02, November 30, 2018, eff. December 21, 2018.)

Author: Department of Youth Services

Statutory Authority: Title 44; Code of Ala. 1975, §§ 15-20-1 through 15-20-36; §§ 13A-6-60 through 13A-6-111.

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