The Bureau of Developmental Disabilities Services is committed to working collaboratively with case managers and providers to ensure safe and quality care. As part of this commitment, BDDS is announcing the release of the revised 'Living in the Community: Medication Administration Curriculum; Core A and Core B.' The revised curriculum is titled: 'Indiana Direct Support Professional Training: Core A and Core B, Curriculum 2020.'
Key Points Regarding the Revised Curriculum:
Beginning January 1, 2021, provider agencies should begin training new direct support professionals in both Group Home and Supported Living sites using the new curriculum and testing materials. Direct support professionals certified through the previous curriculum to administer medications are not required to be recertified in the ‘Indiana Direct Support Professional Training: Core A and Core B, Curriculum 2020.’ Provider agencies can choose when to have their current employees trained on the 2020 curriculum. The revised curriculum ‘Indiana Direct Support Professional Training: Core A and Core B, Curriculum 2020’ is available at https://www.in.gov/fssa/ddrs/5746.htm.
Converting to the revised curriculum will require previously certified licensed nurse trainers to become recertified by attending a Train the Trainer Curriculum 2020 session currently being offered remotely by BDDS. To provide opportunities for nurses to certify or re-certify with the new curriculum, we have added two additional virtual trainings – available training dates now include October 16, November 6, and December 4, 2020. Register for one of these sessions.
Testing materials will be available to nurses who have been certified to instruct the new curriculum. Following the certification of their nurse in the new curriculum each provider agency will send a request on company letterhead to provider services coordinator, Celia Bartel, requesting the testing materials.
Providers may deliver Core A and Core B trainings using online using videos as a virtual option to in-person training. However, the portion of the training involving return medication administration demonstration of an oral/liquid (and any other route) to the nurse should always be in person.
Additional training questions may be directed to Celia Bartel at Celia.Bartel@fssa.in.gov.
The DDRS is a program of the Indiana Family & Social Services Administration. If you have questions about DDRS programs and services, visit us online at www.DDRS.In.gov.